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Program Assistants



Blake Ferree

Bike App Program Assistant

Year: Junior
Major: Commercial Photography

Favorite Outdoor Activities: Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Whitewater Rafting, and Backpacking

Favorite Memory at Outdoor Programs: Whitewater rafting on the French Broad!

Why I love Appalachian: Appalachian has great programs and resources, but is also located in a remote area of North Carolina. We are just a short drive from some of the best outdoor recreation in the area, and I love being able to take an afternoon off from school to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Becca Wood

Land Program Assistant

Year: Junior
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies - Ecotherapy

Favorite Outdoor Activities: Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Tree Climbing, Caving, Canoeing

Favorite Memory at Outdoor Programs: I led the First Ascent backpacking trips in the summer of 2019, and they were some of the most beautiful experiences I've ever had. We explored the Pisgah National Forest, shared oreos with peanut butter and riddles under tarps during rain storms, slid down waterfalls, and spent time around the campfire talking about college and adventures.

Why I love Appalachian: I love having my backyard be home to so many incredible outdoor adventures. App also provides a way for me to design my own major, making me feel more prepared to pursue my career and life goals.