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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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
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
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
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
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
Did You Know?
The Parkway contains three mountain ranges, with 16 peaks above 5,000 feet, including Mount Mitchell, the tallest peak east of the Mississippi at 6,683 feet.