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Miramonte Resort Ranger Rendezvous XXV
Indian Wells, California | Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2012

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 anproralhistoryproject@gmail.com. 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
ANPR will coordinate room and ride sharing to help defray expenses for attendees. If interested in these options, please mark them on the preregistration form. In addition, ANPR will award several scholarships to first-time attendees through the Bill Supernaugh Memorial Scholarship Fund. Applications are now being accepted.

Seasoned Rendezvous registrants also will have the opportunity to sign up to share their room with a first-time attendee and help mentor them at the Rendezvous. See the preregistration form.


Two-Day Introduction to Technical Rescue, Hidden Valley or Indian Cove at Joshua Tree
Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012

No cost to participants. Course will cover some of the basics of technical rescue, and the new SAR task books can be distributed and partially signed off. Members of the Joshua Tree search-and-rescue team will conduct the training. Camp sites will be available. Minimum 6 participants, maximum 30. For further information and to register for this course, contact jlemons3@yahoo.com. Registration closes Friday, Oct. 5.

Performance-Based Coaching
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., $100 course materials fee

Facilitated by Bill Wade, ANPR life member and NPS retiree
Course highlights:
• Clarity and alignment of performance expectations
• Improved performance diagnostic skills regarding results and motivation
• Flexible performance-driven coaching behaviors
• Dealing with performance problems - quickly and effectively
• Improved individual and work group performance
• Positive impact on employee motivation and retention
• Improved manager/employee relationships
More details here > > > .
The deadline for registration is Oct. 15.


Community service project in partnership with Agua Caliente Tribal Services, Indian Palm Canyon, noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30
Bring outdoor work clothes and gloves. We will carpool to the site and work on a trail project. Let's get out and show our commitment to public lands and the community. A box lunch will be available for $10 per person. There'll be no time or place to get your own lunch so please include payment for lunch with your registration fees. More details about the scope of work to come.

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 jlemons3@yahoo.com. Registration closes Friday, Oct. 5.

Newcomers Welcome
A special continental breakfast with the board will be held for "newcomers," those attending their first Rendezvous.

Raffle Prizes and Auction Items
Daily raffles and silent auctions are planned, so be sure to bring (or mail) items to donate.

Tradeshow and Receptions
Exhibitors are planning to display products, equipment and services of interest to NPS employees. If you know of a potential exhibitor or donor, please contact Kendell Thompson at 703-927-1029 or kendellthompson@gmail.com. The exhibitors registration form is posted here in PDF format.

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Additional Activities

  • Sunday evening, Oct. 28 — President's reception, 6-8 p.m., Olive Grove at hotel
  • Monday evening, Oct. 29 — Exhibitors reception with raffles, 6-8 p.m., Med Foyer and Lawn at hotel
  • Tuesday evening, Oct. 30 — Harpers Ferry Film Night, hotel location to be determined
  • If you arrive early to the Rendezvous or stay late, plan to attend the popular Palm Springs street fair from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays. Also, the annual 6K Tram Road Challenge is scheduled for Oct. 27. It climbs straight up the tram road if you're looking for something challenging.
  • Photography contest
    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: fordedit@aol.com.


    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.

    Joshua Tree

    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.

    For more information about the area, go to www.indianwells.com and www.visitpalmsprings.com. For information about the facility and surrounding area, visit the Miramonte website.

    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!

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