Appalachian State’s National Park Service Liaison

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.

This partnership has provided more than $300,000 for paid internship experiences at National Parks since 2013, benefitting 35 Appalachian State students and graduates.

To learn more about our partnership with the National Park Service, please contact Dr. Mark Spond, Appalachian State University's Liaison to the National Park Service:

Office Phone: 828.262.7050

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News & Events

Rough Ridge Rovers Virtual Information Session

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 5 - 6 PM

Email Dr. Mark Spond ( for the Zoom link.

Rough Ridge Rovers Orientation & Training Hike

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 9 - 11 AM

Additional details available at the "Information Session" on September 20.