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, faulty/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.

News & Events

National Park Service 100 th Anniversary Celebration: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The Appalachian State University Office of the National Park Service Liaison is hosting a celebration of the U.S. National Park Service Organic Act on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. The event will feature four guest speakers (Kevin Adams, J. Scott Graham, Andrea Lankford, and Anne Mitchell-Whisnant) who are presenting on their careers and experiences visiting and working in the national parks. Following sessions from each speaker, there will be a concluding question and answer panel. The...


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

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