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Roanoke Outside Foundation
Roanoke Outside is a charitable organization working to make your region the capital for world-class, outdoor fun. We started, Get Outside Weekend Update, Blue Ridge Marathon, and GO Fest. Plus, we’ve been the advocate for the many changes that are making this place more awesome than ever. We’ve got plans for even more exciting events and facilities. And you can be a part of it all.Your tax-deductible contribution will help us continue to push for a future where Roanoke is the greatest place for outdoor recreation.

Blue Ridge Land Conservancy
WE work with local landowners and YOU to save the farms, forests, waterways and rural landscapes that make western Virginia a beautiful place to live and visit.

Clean Valley Councilclean-valley-council-roanoke-va
Clean Valley Council provides educational resources and programming about litter prevention and reuse, recycling, reduction of the wastestream and stormwater issues for school systems, the public and local municipalities. Our mandate is based on the Commonwealth's policy "to protect its atmosphere, lands and waters from pollution, impairment or destruction for the benefit, enjoyment and general welfare of the people of the Commonwealth."

Pathfinders for Greenwayspathfinders-for-greenways-roanoke-va
Pathfinders for Greenways is a group of citizens who represent the trail users of the Roanoke Valley for non–motorized trail uses. Their vision is to have all the area trail users meet and work together on area projects that would benefit the community. Today, Pathfiders is comprised of representatives from the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club, Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, Roanoke Valley Horsemen‘s Association, Roanoke Valley Greenways/Pathfinders, National Mountain Bike Patrol and IMBA.

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge ParkwayFRIENDS is a non-profit, volunteer organization that is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Blue Ridge Parkway, a national treasure. FRIENDS programs focus on preservation, protection and education.Saving Parkway Views is FRIENDS signature project. FRIENDS is the only authorized Blue Ridge Parkway partner organization that has been given this project under an agreement with the Park Service. Join TODAY! Be a Parkway volunteer! You can preserve the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway and have a lot of fun while you’re doing something great for the environment and the Parkway’s future. Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway Facebook

RATC - Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club
RATC iAppalachian Trail Clubs a recreational hiking association of volunteers who preserve and improve the Appalachian Trail as the nation‘s premier, continuous, long–distance footpath. Founded in 1932, the Club is celebrating more than 75 years of service and adventure on the AT. For more information on the local section of trail, hike schedules, trail and shelter information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities visit their website.

Roanoke Chapter of IMBA
We are the Roanoke Chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, a group of dedicated and passionate individuals whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve trail opportunities for mountain bikers in Roanoke and the surrounding areas. More Better Trails, More Better Fun

Trout Unlimited
The Roanoke Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a diverse group of more than 265 people with the common interest of pursuing the Trout Unlimited mission to “conserve, protect and restore North America‘s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.” Their web site is presented as a bulletin board for the assimilation of information and collection of suggestions to further not only the stated mission, but to provide suggestions of meaningful and sporting enjoyment of the multitude of outdoor experiences in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Unbridled Changeunbridledchange logo
Unbridled Change is a non-profit equine assisted activities and therapies program.  Our mission is to partner people with our horses through hands-on activities to create lasting change and true healing.  Our services are open to all populations.  We are always looking for volunteers that like being outside and working with kids and horses.  Contact us for more information or to learn about any upcoming special events and programs.

Food For Thoughtfood-for-thought-roanoke-va
From seed to sprout to the school cafeteria, edible education teaches children stewardship, sustainability, and self-sufficiency by turning the garden into a classroom and the kitchen into a laboratory. Students will learn how to grow, prepare, and share meals, and in doing so make connections between healthy food choices, the environment, and their own communities.happy-healthy-cooks

Happy Healthy Cooks
Happy Healthy Cooks turns kids and their families on to healthful whole foods – vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes – because their health depends on it.

LEAP iLEAP-for-local-food-roanoke-vas a Roanoke-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  LEAP’s mission is to develop, support and maintain a sustainable local food system in the greater Roanoke region. We do this by connecting the dots between local farmers, food producers, and community members. Together, we can LEAP back to the future and (re-)connect local producers  to local consumers.

Leisure Legacy
Leisure Legacyleisure-legacy-roanoke-county-va is a non-stock 501 c3 corporation created to assist Roanoke County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism in fulfilling its mission. 100% of the contributions we receive go right back into the community in the form of scholarships, park infrastructure, program endowment and other recreation initiatives.

Girls on the Run Roanoke Valleygirls-on-the-run-roanoke-valley
Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Roanoke Community Garden Associationroanoke-community-gardens-association
Roanoke Community Garden Association (RCGA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating since 2007. Currently it is operating Frank Roupas Community Garden in SE Roanoke, Hurt Park Community Garden, Campbell Ave. Community Garden and Mountain View Community Garden in SW Roanoke. We have several new projects in the works for next year like new gardens, an urban orchard, and an edible food forest.

Scouting is about building character, developing personal fitness, and learning leadership and citizenship. These goals are achieved in the outdoors. The adventure of hiking, camping, swimming, boating, high-adventure challenges, and touring is woven into the program. What Scouting wants to do, is get kids into the outdoors and experience life. There are three levels of Scouting: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing.

Cub Scouts - If you are a boy in first through fifth grades, or you are cubscoutsroanokeseven to 10 years old, then Cub Scouting is for you, and your family too. Cub Scouting is the first and the biggest of the three Scouting programs. Learn more about Cub Scouting and find a chapter near you at the Blue Ridge Mountains Council website.

Boy Scouting - If you are a boy age 11-17 then Boy Scouting is for you. Boy boyscoutsroanokelogoScouting is a program of fun outdoor activities, peer group leadership opportunities and a personal exploration of career, hobby and special interests, all designed to achieve the BSA’s objectives of strengthening character, personal fitness and good citizenship. Learn more about Boy Scouting and find a chapter near you at the Blue Ridge Mountains Council website.

Venturing - Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America venturingroanokelogofor young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Learn more about Venturing and find a chapter near you at the Blue Ridge Mountains Council website.

Girl Scoutingroanokegirlscoutlogo
For almost 100 years Girl Scouts have been helping girls discover their self potential. Did you know that 70% of women in the U.S. Congress were Girl Scouts? They’re not alone. About 69% of women executives and leaders have participated in Girl Scouts. Girl Scouting is open to all girls between the grades of kindergarten and 12th grade.

Girl Scouts has designed age – appropriate programs that meet the needs of today’s girls. The goals of Girl Scout programs are to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The model is based on three principles:

  • Girls discover their world and their own potential and strengthen their values
  • Girls connect with others through caring relationships and team building
  • Girls become empowered to take action and be advocates for themselves and othersbacktotop


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