About the Friends - who we are and what we do
Friend's Mission Statement
The mission of Friends of Grayson Highlands State Park, Incorporated is to identify and promote activities to preserve, conserve, and enhance the natural, historical, cultural, scenic, educational and recreational resources of the Park
Projects the Friends of Grayson Highlands State Park has supported:
• Yearly financial assistance with canoe, adventure & junior rangers, dog show, October Hayride, Easter Egg Hunt, Youth Conservation Corps programs. These programs promote an awareness and appreciation of nature in the public, particularly our youth, and encourage positive stewardship for future generations.
• Maintained wildflower/butterfly gardens, and designated as a Monarch Way Station.
• Recycled aluminum and plastic at park festivals, and act as an outreach to other groups interested in recycling.
• Designed t-shirts with the Friends’ logo to promote our organization and raise funds for projects.
• Upgraded and maintained a public website (www.graysonfriends.org/) for park and friends information.
• Maintained a weather station and video web cam to provide current weather information via our website.
• Assisted with food sales during the Lottery Hunt.
• Provided refreshments during the Memorial Day weekend music entertainment at the amphitheater.
• Provided annual staff and volunteer appreciation meal.
• Assisted with the Blue Ridge Relay Endurance Race to promote the park and raise funds for projects.
• Participated with the Odwalla Plant a Tree program.
• Hosted a Friends’ tent during the Wayne C. Henderson Guitar Competition and Music Festival, and during the Rugby Rescue Squad Fall Festival.
• Provided birthday cakes in celebration of Virginia State Parks’ 75 Anniversary
• Purchased a 51” tall life-size stuffed pony to raffle in celebration of the 75th Birthday Celebration. Proceeds will be used to fund projects at Grayson Highlands State Park.
• Member of Virginia Association For Parks which support legislative efforts on behalf of Virginia’s parks.