Appalachian State University’s Liaison to the National Park Service

The Appalachian State University Liaison to the National Park Service (NPS) is the central contact for initiatives that partner Appalachian 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 Appalachian 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 (, Appalachian's Liaison to the National Park Service.

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Volunteer with Blue Ridge Parkway Corps

Are you interested in joining other Appalachian students volunteering along the Blue Ridge Parkway? If so, join the Blue Ridge Parkway Corps!

Service Corps

Appalachian State University recently entered into a 5-year cooperative agreement with the National Park Service (NPS). With this we are able to aid all NPS sites with project and seasonal employment needs. A school of nearly 17,000 students located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, we have faculty, students, and staff working to enhance and better understand our natural, cultural, historical, and recreation resources throughout the country.