Updated November 9, 2019

Other local, regional, state, and national organizations of interest.


Appalachian Trail Conservancy: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club: The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club is an all-volunteer organization that maintains over 120 miles of the AT, including McAfee Knob.

Blue Ridge Wildflower Society: (Local Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society) Members of the VNPS enjoy the natural world and support efforts to pres
erve it. Our membership, ranging in age from students to seniors, includes botanists, horticulturists, conservationists, knowledgeable amateurs, and many who are just beginning to learn about our flora. While some members joined enthusiastically in activities, others help out occasionally or support the Society solely with their memberships and their interest. All are welcome.

Virginia Native Plant SocietyVirginia Native Plant Society (VNPS): The Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS), founded in 1982 as the Virginia Wildflower Preservation Society, is a nonprofit organization of individuals who share an interest in Virginia’s native plants and habitats. The Society and its chapters seek to further the appreciation and conservation of this priceless heritage.

Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway: FRIENDS works through members, volunteers, partners and a network of Chapters to protect, promote and preserve the Blue Ridge Parkway and support the National Park Service. FRIENDS Chapters are community-based organizations that empower and coordinate volunteers, projects, and events in their local areas. We extend our reach by working with local and regional government, common-minded nonprofits, clubs and other organizations.

Roanoke Valley Bird Club: Celebrating 58 years of birding in the Roanoke Valley. Our club meets each second Monday at 7:00 P.M., September through May, at the Grandin Court Baptist Church at 2660 Brambleton Avenue in Roanoke, Virginia. Speakers talk about everything from hummingbirds and songbirds to eagles and owls, with video presentations and occasional live bird exhibits. Meetings also cover field sightings of birds in the Roanoke area. After the meeting we gather for refreshments. Guests are always welcome.

Harvey’s Knob Hawkwatch: Each year, from early September to mid-November, the Roanoke Valley Bird Club participates in hawk watching at Harvey’s Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 95.6. Bird Watchers of all skill levels are welcome to stop by to observe the migration. Some days at Harvey’s Knob are exciting with a potential of thousands of migrating raptors.

The American Chestnut Foundation (Virginia Chapter): The goal of THE AMERICAN CHESTNUT FOUNDATION is to restore the American chestnut tree to our eastern woodlands to benefit our environment, our wildlife, and our society. The American Chestnut Foundation is restoring a species–and in the process, creating a template for restoration of other tree and plant species.

Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center: The Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center (CSC) serves as living laboratory for the research and demonstration of sustainable practices in land management, agriculture, energy production, and economics. It is the mission of the Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center to be an effective resource for the research, development, teaching, and implementation of sustainable practices spanning disciplinary boundaries.

Virginia Herpetological Society: Organized in 1958, the Virginia Herpetological Society brings together people interested in advancing their knowledge of Virginia’s reptiles and amphibians. The VHS encourages scientific study of Virginia herpetofauna and its conservation.

Sierra Club, Roanoke Group: We are your friends and neighbors working to build healthy, livable communities, and to conserve and restore our natural environment. Our work makes a difference in ensuring that we leave our children a living Virginia legacy — clean air, clean water, and the natural beauty of our bay, beaches, mountains and valleys.

Blue Ridge Discovery Center: Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, discovering and sharing the natural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  We were founded in 2008 and are currently operating out of Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina.