Appalachian State University’s Liaison to the National Park Service

The Appalachian State University Liaison to the National Park Service is the central contact for initiatives that partner AppState with NPS units across the United States. The Liaison Office promotes opportunities (e.g., service projects and task agreements) that will mutually benefit University students, faculty/staff, and alumni, as well as NPS units. Past projects have partnered members of the AppState community with NPS natural/cultural resource personnel, NPS interpreters, and NPS educational initiatives.

Appalachian State University was recently selected as a member of the National Park Service 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. This status allows the "Appalachian State Conservation Corps" to enter individual task agreements with >400 NPS units through the spring of 2020. Members of the AppState community and NPS personnel that would like to learn more about this exciting development should contact Dr. Mark Spond (, AppState's Liaison to the National Park Service.

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Volunteer with Blue Ridge Parkway Corps
Are you interested in joining other AppState students volunteering along the Blue Ridge Parkway? If so, join the Blue Ridge Parkway Corps!The Corps is based in Outdoor Programs and is a great way to meet students with similar interests while gaining experience volunteering for the National Park Service. Interested students can email the Corps' graduate assistants, Tristan Rodenhauser ( and Zach Osborne (, to receive more information about this...


Dr. Mark Spond
National Park Service Liaison
College of Arts and Sciences
Appalachian State University

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