Virtual Open House: Inspire Park Stewards

Blue Ridge Parkway



Dates & Times


Wednesday, April 21, 2021


5:00 PM


1 hour

Type of Event



Blue Ridge Parkway staff work across the year to create high quality interpretive and educational experiences and programs. Telling park stories in the 21st Century means considering a shift from traditional models of visitor services, interpretation and education to meeting people where they are. Panelists at this event will share current and upcoming tools available to engage and inspire visitors of all ages.


Neal Labrie - Chief Ranger, Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Neal has been with the National Park service for 25 years, 24 of them as a commissioned U.S. Park Ranger, EMT, wildland firefighter, and search and rescue instructor. He has worked at Acadia NP (Maine), Independence NHP (Philadelphia), Pinnacles NM (California), and Katmai NP (Alaska), and is currently the Chief Ranger for the Blue Ridge Parkway. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and is a 2017 graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, VA. In his current role at the Blue Ridge Parkway, he manages the Visitor and Resource Protection Division which includes Law Enforcement and Emergency Services, Campgrounds and Fee Collection operations, and the Blue Ridge Communications Center (dispatch). He has been stationed at the Parkway since 2014.


Tina White – District Supervisor for Interpretation and Education, Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Tina White started work as an interpretive park ranger with the National Park Service in 1990 at New River Gorge National River in WV. After staying there for 10 years, she made her way to the Blue Ridge Parkway where she’s been ever since. As District Supervisor for Interpretation & Education, she and her staff work the section of Parkway in from Mt. Mitchell State Park to north of Boone and Blowing Rock in North Carolina. Her favorite overlook is around MP 328 – The Loops Overlook. 

Gail Fox - District Ranger, Blue Ridge Parkway

Deb Flowers - Deputy Chief Ranger, Blue Ridge Parkway 

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Produced in partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Virtual Open House sessions will be presented as Zoom webinars, with a dedicated question and answer session during each event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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