‘The Greening of the Parkway’ scheduled April 26

Press release

(Asheville, NC) –  Spring has finally sprung in the mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway invites you to help us celebrate the “greening” happening all around us!  Join us on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center (Milepost 384) for activities and demonstrations about the springtime greening of the environment as well as the green technologies that the Parkway is utilizing to help protect the Earth and reduce our carbon footprint.  It’s a great time to visit the Parkway—come help us celebrate Earth Day, National Park Week, and National Junior Ranger Day!

Event visitors can:

  • Learn about springtime flowers and how to landscape with native, rather than exotic species.
  • See a live raptor demonstration.
  • Discover the cutest critters on the Parkway—spring babies!
  • Learn about sustainability and green building practices.
  • Earn “Energy Bucks” that can be exchanged for prizes.
  • Tour a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified building.
  • Check out the Parkway’s new energy efficient, low emission vehicles (provided generously through a grant from the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Park Service).
  • Learn about the Junior Ranger program.  Kids can dress up like a park ranger!
  • Hike on a Kids in Parks TRACK Trail.

The event is free of charge and is open to the general public.  Food will be available for purchase from Webo’s BBQ.

Special thanks to the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, Eastern National, and the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway for their support of this event.

For more information, contact 828-298-5330, ext. 304.

 


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