More than 15 million visitors enjoy the scenic journey of the Blue Ridge Parkway each year. 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 unit of the National Park System. There are many ways you can help, including giving your time.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Volunteer Corps needs you!
Bee Kind to the Parkway's Pollinator project is back in full swing. Citizen scientist volunteers are needed to survey various sites along the Parkway.
The ideal volunteer has an interest in the natural world and an awareness of the importance of native bees and their impact on plant diversity. Volunteers will work independently after completing online training. Each volunteer will be assigned a milepost to survey every two weeks from April until September.
Volunteers needed at the following site locations:
Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 20, 32, 36, 38, 389, 394, 399, 420 & 435.
Kids in Parks Office Assistant in Asheville, N.C.
Participant will assist program staff in prize fulfilment, packaging and mailing prizes to Trail TRACKers who visit Kids in Parks trails.
Blue Ridge Music Center Concert Volunteer
Participant takes advance tickets, sells tickets at the gate, issues wrist bands for concert-goers, and distributes season program guides at the two admission gates during summer concerts and to work the Merchandise Sales area in the Music Center’s outdoor amphitheater. Most concerts are held on Saturday evenings. Volunteers needed from 5 to 9 p.m. The Blue Ridge Music Center is at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, 10 miles from Galax, Virginia. Volunteers are also needed for our off-site concerts.
National Park Service Volunteer Opportunities
Mabry Mill is currently in need of volunteers to aid in repairing historic structures. With the popularity of this site, staff members are looking for individuals who can assist with visitor engagement and volunteers who can help with the repairs needed at the mill.
Mabry Mill Maintenance Repair Volunteer: This position serves to repair the flume on the historic Mabry Mill, completing carpentry projects and other repair functions. The work requires moderate physical effort. Tasks typically involve frequent lifting and carrying light to moderately heavy objects weighing from 10 to 70 pounds, and continually walking, bending, stooping, reaching, and standing.
Mabry Mill Rover: Participants will rove the path near the Mabry Mill and interact with park visitors sharing historical information and providing orientation directions. Participants will also address questions from visitors regarding construction and ongoing maintenance on the flume of the historic mill by National Park Service staff and volunteers.
Those interested in participating in either capacity can contact the National Park Service Volunteer Office at BLRI_Volunteers@nps.gov to learn more.