Ranger Rendezvous XXV
NOTE: Online preregistration ended Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. You now may register onsite and onsite rates will apply. Onsite registration will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, and rates will be approximately $20 higher than those shown below. Daily registration will be available onsite for $45 per day (or special daily student rates).
Workshops and keynote speeches will focus on the theme of "Enhancing the Green & Gray." A more detailed program agenda will be posted shortly. Highlights will include:• Keynote by William Tweed, author of "Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of the National Parks."
• Breakout session for newcomers, seasonals and recent permanent employees. A webinar is tentatively set to discuss getting hired, and then once hired, mastering a career path. Specifically, we will talk about how to apply for NPS jobs, steps, processes, tips, good-to-know information; how to write a strong résumé, prospects for getting hired during these challenging times, and then once hired, mastering a personal career path. Demica Vigil, Training Manager, Visitor and Resource Protection, Stephen T. Mather Training Center, Harpers Ferry, WV, will provide details about the NPS Career Academy and employee development plans. Several ANPR members with experience in hiring will assist.
• Panel discussion: Youth and the National Parks. A look at the issues of youth involvement in national parks and the National Park Service, both from the perspective of young park visitors and a foundation for developing the workforce of the future.
• Panel discussion: Snapshots of a Park Service Career — Balancing Personal & Professional. Perspectives from three park rangers regarding issues such as how to attain permanent status, dual careers with a spouse or significant other, switching job disciplines, how to juggle work and family life, and more. Panelists will be Bob Krumenaker of Apostle Islands, Erika Jostad of Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Ken Bigley of Big Bend.
• Kickoff of ANPR’s Oral History Project to collect, share and preserve memories that capture the spirit, character and fundamental values of the National Park Service. A group of NPS oral historians will conduct 30-minute, informal interviews throughout the Rendezvous. Come tell your stories. We’re seeking all sorts of Park Service stories — old ones, new ones and (even) tall ones. Did you ever walk into your ranger station to find a bear staring back at you? Have you rescued climbers off of Denali’s summit during a storm? Was your first NPS uniform a dress and white go-go boots? To reserve a time slot that fits your schedule, contact Alison Steiner or Jeremy Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign-up sheets also will be available at the Rendezvous registration desk.
• Announcement of the Stephen Mather Award by Craig Obey, National Parks Conservation Association.
See below for further details about several training opportunities, a community service project, a free climbing clinic and a daylong, ranger-led bus trip to Joshua Tree.
The conference room rate is $99 plus taxes and resort fees (13.37%) for a single/double standard guest room from three days before until three days after the conference closes. A triple/quad room will cost $10 additional. To reserve a hotel room at the Miramonte Resort & Spa, you may call 800-237-2926. Give the reservation desk the conference group name: 35th Ranger Rendezvous.
You also may book online if your dates are Oct. 27-Nov. 1: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=12319&Chain=5156&group=GAL7M7 However, if you want to stay at the Miramonte three days before or three days after the Rendezvous at ANPR's special room rate, you will need to call the resort (same number above).ANPR's room block will be held through Oct. 6, 2012. After that date rooms will be on a space-available basis at the conference rate. The cancellation policy is to notify the hotel within 48 hours of your intended arrival to cancel without a charge.
Roommates, ridesharing and scholarships
Two-Day Introduction to Technical Rescue, Hidden Valley or Indian Cove at Joshua Tree
Community service project in partnership with Agua Caliente Tribal Services, Indian Palm Canyon, noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30
Bus trip to Joshua Tree National Park, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., $35 per person, includes transportation and lunch. More details about the bus tour here > > >
Climbing clinic, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., no cost. Come on out to Joshua Tree's world-famous crags and learn how to climb or improve your existing skills. Meet up with members from the Joshua Tree search-and-rescue team for a day of climbing in Hidden Valley or Indian Cove. Minimum 6 participants, maximum 30. For further information and to register for this clinic, contact email@example.com. Registration closes Friday, Oct. 5.
Raffle Prizes and Auction Items
Tradeshow and Receptions
ANPR once again will sponsor the popular photo contest for members. Display your best park-related photos (those with park employees or scenes) at this annual activity. Rendezvous attendees will vote on their favorite shots to determine the winners. The top three winners will receive recognition at the Rendezvous and have their photos published in Ranger magazine. You may enter up to two unframed images, no larger than 8 by 10 inches, of national or international park sites.
To enter, bring your prints (no slides) - color or black and white - to the Rendezvous for display. Also allowed are paper prints of digital images. Selected photos may be used in Ranger. If you can't attend the Rendezvous, submit your photos by mail to the hotel, not to arrive before Oct. 26. The address is Miramonte Resort & Spa, ATTN: (yourself), 35th Ranger Rendezvous, 45000 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210. Contact Teresa Ford with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDIAN WELLS / PALM SPRINGS AREA
This desert paradise offers a perfect blend of casual relaxation and outdoor enjoyment. If you like pampering, you’ll find it at the resort. If rugged is more your style, hiking and rock climbing are nearby. This venue in the Palm Springs Valley offers 360 days of sunshine. Nestled at the base of the steep San Jacinto Mountains, the area is noted for small town friendliness and affordable luxury.
The historic downtown is dotted with boutiques, art galleries, antique stores and innovative restaurants and cafés. Plan to explore nearby Joshua Tree with its miles of hiking trails, a visitor center, wayside exhibits, rock climbing, and hiking to mountain peaks and fan palm oases.
The Palm Springs area, a two-hour drive from Los Angeles or San Diego, has direct flights from throughout the country. The local airport serves more than 1.5 million passengers annually. Other airports are Ontario, 65 miles away; Los Angeles, 110 miles; San Diego, 140 miles; and Orange County, 90 miles.
Join ANPR members for this important gathering and a major annual fundraiser for the organization. We hope to see you in the California desert in late October!