What We DO

We’re stewards on every level.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation continues to be a comprehensive and independent protector of the Parkway, providing critical support beyond federal budgets to assure that the traditions and beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway can be forever preserved and shared. The Foundation’s support of Parkway programs must meet two criteria: to have a lasting value and to enhance the quality of the visitor experience. We work closely with the Blue Ridge Parkway to identify and prioritize needed projects and programs that preserve the past, enhance the present and safeguard the future of America's Favorite Journey.

Beyond its primary objective—to enhance The Parkway experience and to help preserve its scenic quality—the Foundation is a community of stewards that includes our donors and our partners.  We support an array of initiatives, including awarding small grants to organizations whose projects benefit the Blue Ridge Parkway, and an End-to-Ender program to reward and recognize individuals who have traveled all of its 469 miles.

In 2014 alone, we are funding more than 20 programs and projects with over $700,000, impacting everything from preservation of Parkway visitor facilities to providing educational programs for school children. View more of our work.

The Foundation's Kids in Parks program is an initiative of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Working together with partners throughout the country, their mission is to promote children’s health and the health of our parks by engaging families in outdoor adventures that increase physical activity and foster a meaningful connection to the natural and cultural world.

There’s no time like now to join our community of stewards and preserve and protect the Blue Ridge Parkway for our grandchildren. With your involvement, we can ensure that the memories continue. Learn more about why it matters.

Projects

Graveyard Fields

The Graveyard Fields (MP 418) project is a collaborative effort with the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to improve visitor use and stewardship of this highly trafficked area, and will expand the parking, construct a convenience station and improve the trails and interpretive signs. Trail improvements were completed in 2013 with restrooms complete in summer 2014. Join Us! Become a Parkway Steward.

Music Programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center

The Blue Ridge Music Center is managed cooperatively by the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation with a mission to share traditional music and the bounty of our mountains with visitors from ‘down the road’ and across the seas and give insight to the history and culture of regional music traditions. There is also a National Park Service information center and a gift shop on site. You can find out more information about the Blue Ridge Music Center and the schedule of concerts at www.blueridgemusiccenter.org.

Kids getting unplugged at Chimney Rock State Park

Kids in Parks

Kids in Parks is a program of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and was formed through a partnership between the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Working together with partners throughout the country, their mission is to promote children’s health and the health of our parks by engaging families in outdoor adventures that increase physical activity and foster a meaningful connection to the natural and cultural world.

Updates

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Announces 2014 Parkway Projects

April 29, 2014 --- The Blue Ridge Parkway, ranking as the most visited unit of the National Park Service for many years, will open its facilities for the 2014 tourist season in early May.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation allocates over $650,000 to the Blue Ridge Parkway for 2012 projects and programs

The Board of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has unanimously approved over $650,000 in funding to the Blue Ridge Parkway for 2012 projects and programs.

10th TRACK Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains Celebrated at W. Kerr Scott

 The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program celebrated the grand opening of their newest TRACK Trail at

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids In Parks program receives $701,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks Program has received a $701,000 Grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation to expand the program into North Carolina’s