PRIZED JEWEL — Haywood County boasts more miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway than any other county along the 469-mile scenic route.

A five-part virtual open house series presented by the Blue Ridge Parkway April 19 to 22 in conjunction with National Park Week.

Participants will learn about park operations, upcoming projects, and the park’s strategic priorities.

“I hope many of our Parkway neighbors and friends will join us to learn more about what we have planned for this year,” said Alexa Viets, acting superintendent at the Blue Ridge Parkway. “These events help us to stay connected to the public who share in the long-term stewardship of this great park.”

Below are the sessions. After registering, participants will be sent a Zoom link.

Blue Ridge Parkway Orientation, Monday, April 19 at 5 p.m. or Tuesday, April 20 at 11 a.m. A brief introduction to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the complexity of managing this 469-mile linear park. go.nps.gov/GenSession1 or go.nps.gov/GenSession2.

Caring for the Corridor, Tuesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. The care and keeping of the Parkway’s most significant assets — the scenic road, the overlooks, the bridges, the tunnels – is an enormous task, one that requires careful planning and day to day management. go.nps.gov/CareforCorridor.

Inspiring Park Stewards, Wednesday, April 21 at 5 p.m. Telling park stories in the 21st century means a shift from traditional models of visitor services, interpretation and education to meeting people where they are. Panelists will share ways to engage and inspire visitors. go.nps.gov/InspireParkStewards.

Protecting Park Resources, Thursday, April 22 at 5 p.m. Panelists will present information natural and cultural resource projects in several areas of the park. go.nps.gov/ProtectingResources.

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