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Parks As Classroom Program Featured On Local News Station

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Blue Ridge Parkway interpreters are reaching thousands of students this winter season through the Parks As Classrooms (PAC) program. 

The parkway’s PAC program was recently featured on a local news station highlighting the impact these programs have in creating future park stewards.  The story concludes with some wise words from local fourth graders. Click here to view the story.

Each year parkway interpreters make over 40,000 contacts with over 27,000 students in North Carolina and Virginia. The parkway’s PAC curriculum-based programs are conducted primarily in Title 1 schools in the 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties that surround the parkway.

In 2013, the park is beginning a review of the purpose, goals and impact of these programs by working collaboratively with participating schools and local university interns to determine ways to integrate service-wide initiatives including the Call to Action and Health Parks, Healthy People program with the long standing PAC program.

Annually since 1998, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has provided funding support to hire five seasonal education rangers to work alongside permanent rangers to present PAC programs in area classrooms. For more information about the Parkway’s PAC program, contact Susan Gonshor, chief of education and interpretation, at


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