Get Involved

The best educational environments extend classroom learning into our everyday lives.  Appalachian has no shortage of opportunities to work, play and serve in and around the outdoors.  Here is a short list of ways you can get involved.

Arts and Events

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Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition gives both amateur and professional photographers the opportunity to share their interpretation of the unique people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians. $4,000 worth of cash and prizes are awarded throughout the seven competition categories.



Banff Mountain Film Festival

Banff Mountain Film Festival at Appalachian State University is one of the top-three largest screenings on the 250 city, North American Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Two-nights of films centered on mountain culture, sport and environment form one of the premier outdoor cultural events in the region.  An Appalachian Tradition since 1996.


Paddlefest LogoPaddlefest

Paddlefest is a celebration of kayaking and other paddle sports.  A spring-time tradition, join the fun, games and competitions for all skill levels. Just consider it our little way of keeping the water gods happy.





Broadstone CampersBroadstone

Broadstone is Appalachian State University's year round outdoor adventure and environmental education center.  Camp serves groups from a variety of economic, social, racial, and intellectual backgrounds. Appalachian State University students have the opportunity to work with Camp Broadstone in a variety of roles and with different populations throughout the year.  


Mountain Alliance LogoMountain Alliance

The mission of Mountain Alliance is to grow leaders through service, adventure and community. Mountain Alliance provides Watauga County High School students with a safe and supportive environment in which they can develop an increased sense of self and their place in the community, a passion for lifelong learning, and a commitment to environmental stewardship. Appalachian students work in a variety of roles with Mountain Alliance from administration to outdoor leadership. 


Op StudentOutdoor Programs

Outdoor Programs is Appalachian State University’s adventure resource for students, faculty and staff. Trips, clinics, workshops and trainings happen many evenings and almost every weekend with extended trips and expeditions offered during semester breaks and over the summer.  From 3 hour team building experiences to 55 day international expeditions, state of the art indoor climbing center to rental gear, OP has something for everyone.  OP employs between 80 and 100 students annually in a variety of roles and settings. 


Outdoor Job FairOutdoor Jobs Fair

Appalachian's Annual Outdoor Jobs Fair is one of the largest in the Southeast, attracting more than 90 camps, conference centers, outfitters, guide services, outdoor education centers, and resorts from around the region. This is a great opportunity to secure internships, summer jobs and full-time employment.  The Outdoor Jobs Fair is open to all students regardless of class rank and major. 




ASU Trail CrewAppalachian Trailcrew

Appalachian Trailcrew was founded as a service club in 2005 by five students who wanted to give back to their community and the wilderness areas and trails of the Southern Appalachians. To date, Trailcrew has given thousands of hours of student labor to the Appalachian Trail and the foundations of the first trail built at Elk Knob State Park – Watauga County’s first state park. 


BRP Corps LogoBlue Ridge Parkway Corps

The Blue Ridge Parkway Corps is a partnership between Appalachian State University and the National Park Service, established to provide a volunteer presence along the trails of Blue Ridge Parkway corridor. The intent of this presence is to educate visitors on how they can best preserve and protect the unique and sensitive environment in the Rough Ridge area and encourage its responsible use. Parkway Corps volunteers also engage in outreach to educate the public about the Parkway and its preservation and in projects to improve the trails along the Parkway. 


ACT LogoAppalachian and the Community Together (ACT) 

ACT offers diverse opportunities for individuals and student groups to get involved in human service and environmental advocacy.  As the university's clearinghouse for community service, service-learning, and community-based research, ACT engages students locally and globally.