Volunteer on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Nearly 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 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

2021 Events

Cone Manor Hydrangea Crew
Milepost 294, North Carolina - RAIN DAY MAKE UP: April 13-15 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Volunteers will be continuing the work in the Hydrangea garden on the Cone Estate in Blowing Rock, N.C. You will be pruning dead wood from the Hydrangea plants and hauling debris. Volunteers do not need to attend everyday. If interested, e-mail apearson@brpfoundation.org.

Blue Ridge Music Center Pre-season Clean-up 
Milepost 213, Galax, Virginia - Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help spread mulch and clear debris to get the Blue Ridge Music Center grounds ready for the concert season! This project would be great for individuals and groups. You will need to bring your own lunch and be prepared to wear a mask when working with others. More instructions will be sent to you when you register. For more information and to register, e-mail apearson@brpfoundation.org.

Bluffs Pre-opening Clean-up 
Milepost 241, Doughton Park, North Carolina - Friday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help paint, clear debris, clean signs, and prepare picnic tables to get The Bluffs Restaurant ready to open for the season! You will need to bring your own lunch and be prepared to wear a mask when working with others. More instructions will be sent to you when you register. For more information and to register, e-mail apearson@brpfoundation.org.

Johnson Farm Clean-up
Milepost 86, Peaks of Otter, Virginia - Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help get Johnson Farm ready for the season! We need volunteers to clear debris from trails, paint, and prune trees in the orchard. It is a mile hike to the farm from the parking area and bathroom access is limited. There are a limited a number of spots. Register today by emailing apearson@brpfoundation.org.

Craggy Bald Restoration Work - Summer 
Milepost 364, North Carolina

Details to be announced.

Ongoing Opportunities

Parkway Traveler  
Locations: Humpback Rocks, James River, Peaks of Otter

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is looking for a volunteer or volunteers to refill brochures at three locations in Virginia. If you love traveling the Parkway and want to help spread the news about the Foundation's work in the park this is the opportunity for you!

Experts Needed

Do you have an interest in biodiversity? Do you love wildflowers? Is hawk watching your hobby? We need your help! Please contact Audrey Pearson at apearson@brpfoundation.org.


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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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