RANGER RENDEZVOUS IN ST. LOUIS — Photos of the annual gathering are on our Facebook page here.


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The Association of National Park Rangers, a nonprofit organization with approximately 1,200 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 is our 36th annual conference and Ranger Rendezvous.

Come to St. Louis in October for the annual Ranger Rendezvous

Register now for Ranger Rendezvous 36 and “Explore the Possibilities.” This annual event is scheduled for Oct. 27-31 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in St. Louis, Missouri.

Here are five reasons why you need to visit the ANPR website (www.anpr.org) to sign up for the Rendezvous.
1. Experience and explore new perspectives for a changing National Park Service landscape.
2. Speak with NPS leaders and be heard.
3. Participate in professional training.
4. Network with other attendees.
5. Begin to decode the hiring system.

The program includes the familiar with the cutting edge.

Peggy O’Dell, NPS deputy director for operations, will speak about the future of the agency. Her insights should help inform your perspectives about your park site and its operations.

Dr. Gary Machlis, NPS science adviser, will talk about preparing a contemporary version of the 1963 Leopold Report to confront modern challenges in natural and cultural resource management. Join the conversation as we rethink resource stewardship in the national parks.

This year’s Rendezvous has a technology twist — Google. If you thought you knew the world’s most popular search engine, join us to see and learn about emerging technologies that will help shape the NPS in the future.

Michele Weslander Quaid, Google’s chief technology officer and innovation evangelist, has a copy of the director’s Call to Action and will show how we can use Google technologies to better serve and protect our parks. Google also will have a team to answer questions about the technology on your computer, and how you can better use it to streamline park communications and manage your day-to-day operations.

A brief training course will be offered — Mountain Medicine in National Parks. No signup is necessary and it's free to Rendezvous registrants.

St. Louis | Gateway to the West

Hotel, room sharing, raffle, photos
Hotel rooms are $109 a night for a double. (You may be quoted a rate of $119 for a room with a "better view," but you don't have to accept that. Ask for the contracted rate of $109.) Our room block expires after Oct. 4, so reserve a room now at 877-845-7354. Give the reservation desk the conference group name: Association of National Park Rangers. After Oct. 4, rooms will be offered at the contracted rate, but on a space-available basis.

ANPR will coordinate room and ride sharing to help keep the conference affordable for attendees. Please mark your interest on the registration form. To learn more about the hotel, visit this site.

Remember to bring good items for the raffle. If you can’t attend the Rendezvous, however, you may send raffle items to member Deryl Stone for transport to the Rendezvous. Contact him at derylstone@hotmail.com for mailing information. Alternatively, ship raffle items to the hotel for arrival NOT BEFORE Thursday, Oct. 24: Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, ATTN: (your name), c/o ANPR Ranger Rendezvous, 1 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102.

In addition, bring your best national park-related photos (scenics or with park employees) for the annual informal photography contest. You may enter up to two unframed images, prints, no slides, and no larger than 8 by 10 inches, of national park sites. Rendezvous attendees will vote on their favorite shots to determine the winners. The top three winners will receive recognition at the Rendezvous and their images will be published in Ranger magazine. Contact Teresa Ford with questions: fordedit@aol.com.

Breakout groups and evening events
Daily breakout groups and evening events will provide opportunities to develop professionally and personally.

  • Hear from WASO representatives and the seasonal recruiting office about hiring processes.
  • Learn more about rangering worldwide.
  • Join the annual ANPR service project and show your support of the St. Louis community.
  • Enjoy the ever-popular NPS film night.
  • Attend an issues dinner at a popular downtown jazz venue.
  • Get social during evening events — jazz, conversation and ranger trivia games.

Read more details about these planned events on the Rendezvous agenda page (link at top and bottom of this page).

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, site of Gateway Arch, will host several events. The St. Louis area has a rich historical heritage with a diverse culture, superb entertainment venues and good food. Visit www.explorestlouis.com for more information.

A final thought: Did you know that the St. Louis Cardinals have the best schedule in Major League Baseball? It’s possible that the Rendezvous and the World Series may happen in St. Louis simultaneously.

Register for the Rendezvous today and book your room at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. You don’t want to get shut out by the World Series.