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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

Frostburg State University



Embracing the Wild: Experiential Narratives Finding Value in Nature

The 2015 ATP students will assist Home Ground (a volunteer organization that provides nature programs and outdoor recreational events in Allegany County) in expanding its audience and building a stronger volunteer base. In essence, "Who is Home Ground?" will be the project's jumping off point, and the project will be designed to increase awareness of the organization's membership and activities in the region.

Frostburg State University's ATP students will work with Home Ground members to document their outdoor experiences in rural Allegany County, Maryland, and develop both digital and stationary exhibits featuring this material. The material collected will be displayed at Mountain City Traditional Arts on Frostburg's Main Street in Fall 2015 and at FSU's Discovery Center in Spring 2016. Digital shorts of the material will be published on the Appalachian Independent, an online citizen journalist site and shared via social media. Working with these materials, students will develop creative ideas for entrepreneurship opportunities in Allegany County that preserve and sustain the county's natural resources while enriching community and quality of life in the region.

2015 ATP  Proposal

Frostburg Live Presentation in Washington, D.C.

2015 Final Report


Contact Information:

Kara Rogers Thomas, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Sociology
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Rd. 
Frostburg, MD 21532-1099 
Attn: Sociology/Guild Center 
Telephone: (301) 687-3124

E-Mail:  krogersthomas@frostburg,edu

Previous Conference Participation: 
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