Volunteer on the Blue Ridge Parkway

A volunteer spreads mulch at the Blue Ridge Music CenterIn 2021, nearly 16 million visitors enjoyed the scenic journey of the Blue Ridge Parkway. With stagnant and declining funding from the government, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s support has become essential to preserve and protect the historical, cultural, and natural resources found along the 469-mile route. From maintenance and facility improvement projects to protecting threatened species, we work closely with the Parkway staff to enhance visitor experiences. Philanthropic and volunteer efforts are vital to support this national park unit. There are many ways you can help, including giving your time. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Volunteer Corps needs you!


Volunteer CorpS Opportunities

Milepost Music Helpers

We’re looking for volunteers to assist with setting up and packing up tents and other equipment used to present our Milepost Music sessions at several locations on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Set up takes place before 1 p.m. and packing up occurs after 3 p.m. The dates and locations are:

  • Humpback Rocks, milepost 5.8 (near Visitor Center & Picnic Area), Virginia. Third Sunday of the month (July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18)
  • Peaks of Otter, milepost 85.6 (near the Peaks of Otter Lodge), Va. First Sunday of the month (July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4)
  • Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area, milepost 120.4, Va. Third Sunday of the month (July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18)
  • Mabry Mill, milepost 176.1 (Old Mill Village), Va. Second Sunday of the month (July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11)
  • Doughton Park, milepost 241 (near the Bluffs Lodge), N.C. Fourth Sunday of the month (July 24, Aug. 28, Sept. 25)

If you are interested in participating in any of these events, click here or call Jordan Calaway at (866) 308-2773, ext. 245.

Anniversary Event Opportunities
The Denim Ball 
Thursday, September 15 
Flat Top Manor lawn, Blowing Rock, N.C.
Volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up, guest check-in, and more.
25th Anniversary Reception
Thursday, November 17 (time to be announced)
Highland Brewery Co., Asheville, N.C.
Volunteers needed to assist with event set-up, guest check-in, and photography. 

Community Outreach Volunteers 

We are looking for volunteers to help spread the word about the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation at local events and festivals. Training will be provided. 

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Already a Volunteer? 

Be sure to record your volunteer hours with this form. Thank you for all you do to enhance the Parkway!


VIP Program

The Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program works directly with the National Park Service to preserve the cultural heritage, history, and natural resources of the Parkway through the support of education, interpretation, and resource protection activities. The VIP program helps Parkway staff accomplish more than the NPS could through staff. Volunteers are involved in virtually every aspect of park operations.

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