Students recognized for Parkway contributions
Students from The Christ School in Asheville have won one of five annual awards given by Blue Ridge Parkway managers to recognize volunteer contributions to preservation, protection and enjoyment of the Parkway.
For several years, Christ School students have worked to beautify the Parkway’s southern sections through improving campsites, removing vegetation and painting. Established volunteers who work alongside the students note the importance of equipping the next generation of stewards to care and protect places like the Blue Ridge Parkway. For this, they received the Blue Ridge Parkway Youth Group Award.
In 2022, over 1,200 volunteers contributed more than 45,000 hours in service to the Blue Ridge Parkway, assisting in numerous ways to support operations, preserve and protect park resources, and make a positive impact on visitor experience.
For more information about the Parkway’s volunteer program, visit nps.gov/blri/getinvolved/volunteer.htm.