Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines 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 locally and get involved!
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The National Park Service’s long standing goal of “connecting people to parks” has been enhanced through the Kids In Parks partner program, initiated on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Modeled after the Junior Ranger Program and other NPS self-guided experiences, more than 600 kids have registered 800+ TRACK Trail hiking adventures. more than 15,000 miles hiked, approximately 2 million Calories burned, and more than 7,000 hours spent “un-plugged”, outdoors and active in nature. Read more
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
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
Call to Action Item # 3 encourages us to “expand the meaning of parks to new audiences and provide an opportunity for communities to learn more about their heritage." In collaboration with the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, the Blue Ridge Parkway has created a digital history collection which focuses on the development of the scenic highway and the effects it has had on the communities and region through which it passes. Read more
Students may have their handiwork on the national stage after they designed high-tech, rustic-looking inner drinking fountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Read more
Did You Know?
The first contract for work on the Blue Ridge Parkway, awarded to Nello Teer Construction Company of Durham, NC in the height of the Great Depression, was for over $316,000. Teer purchased a new steam shovel for the project!