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!
Parking Lot Painting
9 a.m., Saturday, August 8, 2020
The Bluff's Restaurant
Limit 8 volunteers
We will be painting the lines at the Bluff's Restauant parking lot to prepare the for the future opening of the venue. Registration is required, e-mail Audrey Pearson or call (866) 308-2773, ext. 19.
Hydrangea Pruning Training Session
10 a.m., Friday, August 21, 2020
Bass Lake Hydrangea Garden, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Limit 10 volunteers
Join Watauga County Agricultural Extension Agent, Paige Patterson, as she conducts a training session to properly prune hydrangeas at Bass Lake at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, N.C. This is a skill needed to care for the many hydrangeas at the Cone estate. Registration is required, e-mail Audrey Pearson or call (866) 308-2773, ext. 19.
Visitor Centers: Linn Cove Viaduct, Linville Falls, Museum of N.C. Minerals, and Waterrock Knob
If you live near a visitor center on the Blue Ridge Parkway or one of our donor information signs, you can help us replenish brochure racks. It's a fun and easy way to make sure more people can learn how they can support this amazing park through the Foundation.
COVI9-19 Precautions for Volunteers
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about today's world but one thing remains the same, people love the Parkway! We want to remind all volunteers to follow the CDC guidelines when volunteering.
- Self screen prior to volunteering by taking your temperature
- Wear a mask
- Maintain a distance of six feet from others
- Clean tools after use
- Drive individually or only with family members to worksites
Already a volunteer?
Be sure to record your volunteer hours with this form. Thank you for all you do to enhance the Parkway!