Since the Blue Ridge Parkway was constructed, rangers have provided programs for the public to teach the natural and cultural history of the Appalachian Mountains. Understanding the relationship between humans and the environment is vital for the preservation of both. Two volumes of "An Appalachian Curriculum" are available for teachers. These educational activities are geared to the North Carolina and Virginia learning standards and provide educational activities for visits to various Parkway locations. Contact the closest Parkway office for details on the programs available.
A Ranger in Your Classroom!
The Blue Ridge Parkway staff offers programs for students in their classrooms through the fall and winter. The rangers conducting these programs have years of experience with children of a variety of ages. They know the state curriculum and will work with the teacher in our "Parks As Classrooms" program. The goal is to bring students in touch with the natural world and the cultural heritage of our region in a way that is real and meaningful, working in conjunction with the state school curriculum. Call the closest District Office for details on scheduling a curriculum-based program in the classroom:
In Virginia, for schools in Albemarle, Amherst, Augusta, Bedford, Botetourt, Nelson, and Rockbridge counties, call (540) 377 2377; for Roanoke County, Roanoke City, Salem, and Franklin counties, call (540) 767 2490 ext 37; for Floyd and Patrick counties, call (540) 745 9680; for Grayson and Carroll counties, call (276) 236 5309 ext 111 .
In North Carolina, for schools in Ashe, Alleghany, Surry, and Wilkes counties, call (276) 236 5309 ext 111; for Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, and Watauga counties, call (828) 765-1228 ; for Asheville city, Buncombe, Haywood, Swain, Jackson, Macon, Clay, and Graham counties, call 828-407-5630.
Bring Your Class to the Parkway!
In the spring, Parkway staff offer programs at most locations along the Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina in an attempt to make environmental education more accessible to all students. Teachers should contact the closest district office as soon as possible to schedule a field trip for their class. Keep in mind that the number of classes is limited. They will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so make your reservations early to ensure your class will be able to participate. The Blue Ridge Parkway staff feels very strongly that our best hope for the future lies in educating our children today, and we will do everything possible to accommodate your group.
"Driving Through Time - the Digital Blue Ridge Parkway" is available for those who would like to explore the history of this spectacular scenic drive on line. Educational materials for classroom use are part of the site. Click here and enjoy!
Did You Know?
The Parkway uses short side roads to connect to other highways, and there are no direct interchanges with interstate highways, making it possible to enjoy wildlife and other scenery without stopping for cross-traffic.