Our Kids in Parks program is celebrating a major milestone just in time for Take a Child Outside Week, September 24-30. The national program just surpassed one million adventures completed by children on its TRACK Trails found in parks across the country, demonstrating its success in inspiring kids to experience the outdoors.
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.
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.
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!
Visit BRPWeather.com 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.
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.
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.
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
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.