Friends Chapters

FRIENDS created a network of chapters to be the voice of their local communities.

This volunteer network is the backbone of our organization.

Future Stewards

The FRIENDS future stewards program focuses on getting the youth of all ages to enjoy the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge. These programs are designed to educate today’s youth about nature and the natural beauty of our area.

Alternative Break

FRIENDS Chapters host Alternative Break Programs to provide college students an opportunity to be immersed in a Blue Ridge community and engage in volunteer service as an alternative to traditional spring or fall breaks. Each FRIENDS Alternative Break Program is focused on project needs, such as, but not limited to, restoration of assets or trail maintenance. If your college or university is interested in participating in this program, contact our office at

Youth Outdoors

The Youth Outdoors initiative focuses on the connection between children and the natural world. This program promotes outdoor opportunities. This program also highlights and addresses the barriers in getting children outside by engaging organizations that are part of the solution. Partnering with a FRIENDS Chapter engages the children in volunteer experiences getting them outdoors while also providing an educational component.

High School & College Outreach

This program is for high school groups and college-age students who are looking to volunteer on a repeat or a one-time basis. Working with our program director and local chapter leads, volunteer efforts are tailored to your group and area needs. Please contact our office to discuss the possibilities in your area.

FRIENDS Programs


FRIENDS volunteers help meet the needs of their areas whether it is trash pickup, graffiti removal, trail maintenance, or other repairs.

Become a Volunteer

Camp Grounds

Teams from FRIENDS chapters work to maintain campgrounds by cutting back vegetation, cleaning out fire pits, repairing tent pads, and making sure bear boxes are operational.