Kids in Parks

Our CEO wins award for championing natural and cultural heritage

November 7, 2019
We are so thrilled to announce that the Foundation’s CEO, Dr. Carolyn Ward, was recently honored with the William C. Everhart Award by the Clemson University Institute for Parks in recognition of sustained achievements that provide creative insights and that foster an appreciation of our natural and cultural heritage.
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Find your Blue Ridge Parkway passion project

May 31, 2019
Bolstering rare plant populations. Archiving and sharing photographs of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s past. Revealing obscured views at overlooks. Repairs to a historic mill. We are asking donors to support these projects and additional initiatives that will enhance the scenic route and share its stories with millions of visitors. Each year, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation works with the National Park Service to select projects that will connect visitors with the park’s natural wonders and history and sustain the park for generations to come.
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Kids set a new record on TRACK Trails

January 17, 2017
Kids in Parks had a great 2016, because so many kids ventured out on TRACK Trails for adventures, setting a new record of 2,800 hikes! That equals roughly 230 adventures per month, or more than seven registrations per day!
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Your Blue Ridge Parkway Holiday Giving List

November 28, 2016
Giving is a great feeling, and when that gift helps protect the Blue Ridge Parkway, it's even better. As the holidays approach, we've got a giving list that will make an impression and an impact.
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Blue Ridge Parkway Weather

Visit  Using information from weather stations and webcams installed along the Parkway, the site includes custom forecasts, live weather conditions, live webcam images and video, radar and satellite imagery, climate information and reader supplied photography and comments.
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Printing of the Parkway Strip Maps and Outdoor Guides

Since 2006, the Foundation has provided funding to print the Blue Ridge Parkway Strip Map and the Blue Ridge Parkway Outdoor Guide, both indispensable resources for visitors. These items are updated and reprinted annually through the US government's printing office. The National Park Service provides 50,000 copies to the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is supplemented by Foundation funds to print an additional 100,000 of each item, which will be distributed through visitor centers along the Parkway.
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Replace Worn and Damaged Wayside Interpretive Panels *

Many of the fiberglass embedded interpretive panels along the Parkway are badly worn, cracked, faded or damaged. Four panels in each of the four districts that are in most need of replacement will be identified and will be reprinted on a newer, more durable material. * This project will only be undertaken if public or private funds can be found to offset the cost. To donate to help make this project a reality, please use the "Donate Now" link found on this page.  
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75th Anniversary Support

The Blue Ridge Parkway celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2010, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation was a leadership supporter. Working with the National Park Service and their partner organizations, we helped focus the nation on this milepost celebration and reach out and touch the hearts and minds of people near and far to make a personal connection with the Parkway
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Cumberland Knob Interpretive Panels

In preparation for the 75th Anniversary celebration in 2010, the Foundation funded a new set of interpretive panels at the Cumberland Knob Visitor Center (MP 217), giving an account of the history of the Parkway, its beginning at Cumberland Knob and how its design blends into the surrounding landscape.
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