Ranger Rendezvous  40

October 19-22, 2017 | Estes Park, Colorado | YMCA of the Rockies

Join ANPR members Oct. 19-22, 2017, at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. Only three miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, the location promises spectacular scenery, abundant opportunities for outdoor exploration and lots more. It’s the perfect setting for a conference about national parks and the people who protect them.

More conference details will be posted soon!

Online registration will open on June 1, 2017.


 Registration Type Early Registration
 (until August 15)
 Regular Registration
 (until October 15)
Onsite Registration
 ANPR Member $80 $95 $110
 Non-Member $100 $115  $130
 One Day $40  $50  $60
 Spouse or Other (evening activities only) $45  $50 $55
 Student (per day) $15 $20 $25


Submit your best photos to ANPR's annual photo contest! Rendezvous attendees will vote on their favorite shots. Winners will be selected from each category and a “Best of Show” photo will take the top spot. All winners will receive recognition at the Rendezvous and have their photos published in Ranger magazine. 

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Need a roommate or looking to carpool?  CLICK HERE.  ANPR has created a spreadsheet where you can enter your needs or offer a ride. Please contact people directly to work out carpooling and room sharing options.


The program committee welcomes presentation proposals from ANPR members, NPS employees, and public land professionals associated with other agencies or organizations.

ANPR’s primary mission is to communicate with, about and for National Park Service employees of all disciplines. As such, Ranger Rendezvous attendees will include representatives from the NPS directorate, superintendents, interpretive rangers, administrative employees, law enforcements professionals, resource managers, maintenance workers, planners, historians, retirees, volunteers, and park partners. The conference programming is comprised of keynote speakers, training opportunities, breakout sessions, field trips, a service project, and a variety of social events.

The theme for this year’s Rendezvous is XL: Resilience, Purpose, and the Next Chapter. The conference coordinators are currently seeking proposals for breakout sessions that explore aspects of this theme. Potential topics include:

        • Changing with the Times: Interpretation, Law Enforcement and Resource Management Tools
        • NPS Hiring Practices and New Authorities
        • Operational Leadership
        • Technology in the Parks
        • Reaching a New Generation of Stewards
        • Emotional Intelligence - Why it's Critical in the Workplace
        • The Importance of Building Lasting Relationships with Local Communities

Breakout sessions are generally one hour in length, with at least fifteen minutes reserved at the end for questions and answers. Presentation proposals should be no more than 300 words. Please include the name, e-mail, and phone number of each presenter, as well as a brief description of the proposed session. Email proposals to Cadence Cook ( and Elizabeth Jackson ( no later than April 1, 2017. The conference coordinators will select proposals and notify the presenters by April 15, 2017. Presenters are expected to register for the conference, if only for one day. Conference rates can be found at:

We look forward to your proposals, and to maintaining the tradition of Rendezvous as one of the premier professional development opportunities in the National Park Service.

The Association of National Park Rangers, a nonprofit organization with approximately 1,000 members, hosts a professional development conference at a different venue each year. We receive no government funds for the event or for day-to-day operations. This will be our 40th annual conference and Ranger Rendezvous.

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