Join ANPR members Oct. 18-22, 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.
We hope you will join us on one or more of these exciting field trips! These trips allow for exploration and socializing with fellow Rendezvous attendees, and will be a highlight of this year's rendezvous.
Half-day Excursion to Rocky Mountain National Park: This ranger-led bus tour will include opportunities to learn about resource management issues, to view the stunning scenery of the Rocky Mountains, and to take several short hikes. Trip includes visiting elk enclosures in Moraine Park to learn about elk management, stopping in Moraine Park Campground to discuss bear issues, stopping for lunch at Bear Lake (9500 feet in elevation - surrounded by gorgeous mountains!), and going on a ranger-led walk up to Nymph Lake to discuss forest ecology and geology.
Limit: 40 people
Visit to National Eagle Repository and Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge: Join us on a 90-minute tour of the National Wildlife Property Repository. This repository is responsible for receiving wildlife paraphernalia that has been forfeited or abandoned to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After a picnic lunch, we will tour the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a 15,000-acre expanse of prairies and wetlands that has transitioned from prairie to farmland to war-time manufacturing site to wildlife sanctuary with bison, bald eagles and black footed ferrets.
Limit: 30 people
Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park: Join Ranger Tom Banks on this moderate hike to see a gem of a lake at Rocky Mountain National Park. This 11.4 mile round trip heads up to The Lock, with an elevation gain of 1,102 feet, and leaves from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead. Plan on 6.5 hours of hiking.
Limit: 12 People
Service Project: The Estes Park Long Term Flood Recovery Group will give a brief overview of the project before transporting participants to the work site. Project details will be provided later. No specialized skills are necessary. Participants will work until 5pm, and then will be transported back to the YMCA.
Limit: 25 People
Elk Bugling: This in-the-field 30-minute program will be presented with elk grazing/cavorting/mating/fighting in the near background! Listen to a ranger talk about elk adaptation, migration and mating behavior while observing the elk in action.
Limit: 40 People
This year's theme is Resilience, Purpose, and the Next Chapter. The conference will include concurrent sessions that touch upon this theme in a variety of ways. For detailed information on each session, please refer to the conference program. A selection of sessions is listed below:
Along with our traditional hospitality suite, Rendezvous will feature the following evening activities:
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 Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) invites you to exhibit or serve as an event sponsor at the 39th annual Ranger Rendezvous at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. We expect an attendance of approximately 200 National Park Service employees, volunteers, and retirees.
ANPR’s membership is comprised of law enforcement rangers, educators, maintenance workers, interpreters, planners, and administrative professionals who are passionate about preserving and protecting our country’s incredible heritage and awe-inspiring landscapes. They range from field level employees to regional and national NPS directors. The Trade Show is an important part of our programming, as it provides an opportunity for members to learn about new equipment, technology, organizations, and services that can help them succeed in their careers.
Previous exhibitors include:
Since 2007, Bill Supernaugh Memorial Scholarships have allowed early-career employees, NPS volunteers, and students to experience the annual Ranger Rendezvous and learn about ANPR. Any ANPR member or park employee who has not attended a Rendezvous is eligible to apply. Bill Supernaugh was an ANPR life member, an avid supporter of the Association, and an NPS employee for over 40 years. Scholarships are funded by the generous support of ANPR members.
Applications are being accepted through August 24, 2017.
Scholarships will be announced by September 1, 2017.
ANPR WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR SUPPORT
Longs Peak Lodge
Lodging is currently available at the Longs Peak Lodge which is located next door to the YMCA of the Rockies. The price for one adult is $120/night or $156/night for two. On top of a convenient location for the event, it also includes meals and access to on site recreation activities.
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.