NPS Centennial

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. As we lead up to the centennial, we invite you to participate in Find Your Park Experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks. Find Your Park Experiences offer unique opportunities to explore national parks both in person and online. Check out the experiences in this park or search all experiences to identify an opportunity that matches your interests. You can also share your national park story at

A Call to Action remains the foundation for our 2016 centennial preparations. It is the National Park Service's blueprint for the future, outlining the innovative work we want to accomplish. Blue Ridge Parkway is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!



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Call to Action Projects 

  • My Mountain Home

    Mountain cabin on Blue Ridge Parkway

    Local elementary students were invited to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 1890s era Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm last fall to learn about and compare life a century ago with life today. Read more

  • Reading and Writing with Rangers

    Displaying reading and writing skills

    Blue Ridge Parkway Rangers are helping 3rd graders from a local Spruce Pine, NC school develop their reading and writing skills as they learn about parkway resources. Read more

  • Building Confidence in the Great Outdoors

    Children with a ranger in the classroom

    During the summer of 2013, the staff of the Pisgah interpretive district collaborated with the Asheville Parks and Recreation Division to present on-site interpretive programs at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center. Children came on four different occasions for hands-on, experiential learning activities focused on the local resources of the Blue Ridge Parkway and how they can experience them. Read more

  • Music and Arts in the Mountains

    An artist painting along the Blue Ridge Parkway

    We will showcase the meaning of parks to new audiences through dance, music, visual arts, writing, and social media. To do so we will launch 25 artist-led expeditions that involve youth in creating new expressions of the park experience through fresh perspectives and new technology. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Musical Heritage

    Mid-Day Mountain Music at the Blue Ridge Music Center

    Students, teachers and visitors learn more about the musical history of southwestern Virginia by attending free concerts, visiting the Roots of American Music Museum and the Blue Ridge Music Center or by traveling along Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, “The Crooked Road” into the local communities that surround the Blue Ridge Parkway. Read more

A Call to Action Projects for Blue Ridge Parkway

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