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!
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
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
Answering the Call To Action’s Goal # 16 ”Live and Learn” Over 42,000 educational contacts are made annually to Title 1 school students aimed at instilling a sense of pride in their heritage and stewardship of their surroundings. Read more
During the 2012-2013 winter season, 573 classrooms across the Blue Ridge Parkway region were visited by park rangers, sharing natural and cultural resource lessons and planting seeds in young minds about the importance of stewardship and our country’s national park system. Read more
Did You Know?
Each year over 30,000 school children in Virginia and North Carolina receive educational programs in their classrooms from Blue Ridge Parkway Rangers.