Ranger Rendezvous 44

Rangering in the New Reality

October 11-17, 2021
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A Presidential Welcome

It's my pleasure to invite you to attend the 44th Annual Ranger Rendezvous. Scenic Jacksonville, Florida will be our host site from which we can explore various National Park Service sites. Some of these include Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, Fort Caroline, Castillo de San Marcos, Fort Matanzas and others reasonably nearby. We plan to have a number of engaging program topics and speakers and will again include several of our enjoyable events such as raffles, trivia, and movie night. Several “pre-Rendezvous” training sessions will be scheduled. Field trips will be scheduled to Timucuan and to Castillo de San Marcos. There are many other opportunities for recreational, sightseeing and educational activities in the area. It’s been a number of years since we had a Rendezvous in the Southeastern US, so I hope to see a variety of new faces in the audience, taking part in training and lectures and breakout sessions that will provide you with valuable tips and tools to be used both personally and professionally.

Our Rendezvous Management Team has been busy planning for RR44 and we can always use more help. Ranger Rendezvous would not be successful without the support of numerous individuals. Please contact Rendezvous Manager Bill Wade at bwade@anpr.org if you are interested in volunteering prior to and/or at RR44. I look forward to talking with you in Jacksonville.

- Paul Anderson -
ANPR President

Registration Rates
Registration
Early (Prior to 9/5)
Regular 9/5 and Beyond
Types
Member
Non-Member
Member
Non-Member

Full

$99

$135

$135

$165

Two Day

$85

$115

$115

$145

One Day

$55

$85

$75

$105

Student (w/ID) Full

$85

$115

Student (w/ID) 2 Day

$65

$95

Student (w/ID) 1 Day

$35

$55

Evenings Only

$45

$60

$60

$70

Saturday Evening Receiption

$40

$40

Early Registration Rates
Prior to 9/5

Rate

Member

Non-Member

Full

$99

$135

Two Day

$85

$115

One Day

$55

$85

Student (w/ID) Full

$85

Student (w/ID) 2 Day

$65

Student (w/ID) 1 Day

$35

Evenings Only

$45

$60

Saturday Evening Receiption

$40

Regular Registration Rates
After to 9/5

Rate

Member

Non-Member

Full

$135

$165

Two Day

$115

$145

One Day

$75

$105

Student (w/ID) Full

$115

Student (w/ID) 2 Day

$95

Student (w/ID) 1 Day

$55

Evenings Only

$55

$70

Saturday Evening Receiption

$40

Cancellation Policy

Prior to 9/12 - 100%

9/12 to 10/2 - 50%

After 10/2 - 0%

Cancellation Policy

Prior to 9/12 - 100%

9/12 to 10/2 - 50%

After 10/2 - 0%

Program

The RR program will include three full days (Thursday the 14th, Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th) of keynote presentations, panels and breakout workshops. Friday the 15th will be for the field trips, individual recreational activities and personal time. We have invited several NPS leaders to update participants on their respective functions, including Associate Director Jennifer Flynn (visitor and resource protection), Acting Associate Director Tom Medema (interpretation, education and volunteers) and Mike Caldwell, Acting Associate Director (park planning, facilities and lands). We plan to invite Interior Secretary Haaland, Assistant Secretary (fish, wildlife and parks) Shannon Estenoz and the NPS Director. Key topics to be covered during the program are:

  • Relevancy, diversity, and inclusion
  • NPS hiring and selection
  • NPS housing
  • Climate change
  • The Great American Outdoors Act
  • NPS training
  • Uniforms
  • And other interesting and relevant topics

If you are interested in giving a presentation, such as a breakout session, on a topic you think would be of interest to participants, submit your proposal here.

Training

We are planning to conduct several training sessions prior to the beginning of the full RR program. These sessions will be scheduled for October 11th – 13th. Sessions will be from ½ day to 2 days in length, depending on the final schedule. Sessions planned are:

Initial Response Incident Commander - Two Day Course

  • Monday, October 11, 1pm – 5pm
  • Tuesday, October 12, 8am – 5pm
  • View the full course description
  • Note: There will be a $40 per person tuition charge for this session to cover expenses, and the deadline for application (and payment) will be September 12. If the minimum attendance of 10 participants is not reached by the deadline, those registered will be reimbursed for their tuition payment.)

Mental Health, Wellness and Resiliency

Join Michael Nash, National Law Enforcement Specialist, Wellness and Standards Program for an in-depth look into Wellness to support the men and woman of the NPS. Key components of this session will include: stress injuries - what are they and how do they form, what can we do about them, best practices, and tools to manage stress, potentially traumatic events- what are they and how do we monitor rangers after they occur, 3-3-3 protocol, normalizing the stress response, peer support and embedded resiliency teams.

  • Tuesday, October 12, 8am – 12pm
  • This course is offered for no additional charge with any Rendezvous 44 registration

Financial and Retirement Planning

  • Tuesday, October 12, 8am – 5pm
  • This course is offered for no additional charge with any Rendezvous 44 registration

Cultural Resources Preservation Methods

  • Tuesday, October 12, 1pm – 5pm
  • Course Fee: $10

Wilderness Stewardship

Interpretive Planning

Operational Leadership Refresher

Note: There could be changes in this training schedule, so check back here periodically for any updates.

Field Trip Day: Friday 10/15

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve (TIMU)

Visit one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast. Discover 6,000 years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks. Tour will stop at Fort Caroline National Memorial where you’ll discover stories of exploration and survival and the short-lived French presence in sixteenth century Florida; then on by boat to Kingsley Plantation where you’ll discover the stories of the people of this eighteenth and nineteenth century plantation via an award-winning Audio Tour; followed by a drive through the Talbot Islands, with stops at American Beach and Driftwood Beach if time allows.

Estimated Cost: $30

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (CASA)

Visit the oldest masonry and only extant 17th century fort in North America. Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes a clash between cultures; still resonant with the struggles of an earlier time, these original walls provide tangible evidence of America’s grim but remarkable history. After a Ranger led tour of the fort, have a leisurely lunch/shopping in St. Augustine’s Historic District. Following lunch, tour Fort Mose Historic State Park, a premier site on the Florida Black Heritage Trail, and discover the history of the 1738 fort built and established as a free black settlement, the first to be legally sanctioned in what would become territory of the United States.

Estimated Cost: $15

Exhibitors

This annual event would not be possible without the generous support of exhibitors and sponsors who provide ANPR with the funding and supplies necessary to craft a successful event. If you have interest in supporting this event as an exhibitor or sponsor, we would be honored to have you. Please direct any questions to Chris Reinhardt at creinhardt@anpr.org.

ANPR’s membership is composed of current and former law enforcement rangers, educators, maintenance workers, interpreters, planners, park managers 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.

ANPR would like to offer Pilot Rock our sincere thanks for being our exclusive sponsor during our virtual Rendezvous 43.0!

Pilot Rock Logo

2021 Exhibtor Registration Forms

Printable PDF Form

Fillable Word Form

Hotel

Ranger Rendezvous 44 will be located in the Southbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk, right on the south side of the St. James River. Southbank is a quiet riverside area that’s home to the Museum of Science and History, with a planetarium and hands-on exhibits that include a touch tank. The Southbank Riverwalk is just outside the hotel and offers walking or jogging, birdwatching opportunities and views of the city skyline. Stylish eateries serving seafood and steak dot the waterfront.

This hotel is located very near the San Marco section of Jacksonville. The quaint San Marco area centers on its leafy namesake square, a lively hub with indie boutiques and casual eateries serving brunch, pizza and ice cream. Chic bistros and trendy bars dot surrounding streets. The art deco San Marco Theatre shows art-house movies and new releases, and rock bands play at intimate venue Jack Rabbits Live. The neighborhood is also known for its old riverfront mansions.

A first-come, first-serve room block has been set up at a reduced rate of $118.00 + tax (single/double). This rate includes free breakfasts for up to two persons in the room.

The block rate expires September 12th; however, you can cancel for free until 24 hours prior to your intended arrival.

Thank you for choosing to have your Event with the Southbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk! Here's your reservation link your guests can use to make reservations:

Book your group rate for Association of National Park Rangers

Event Summary:

Association of National Park Rangers
Start Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
End Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Last Day to Book: September 12, 2021
Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
Southbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk for $118 USD per night includes two free breakfasts for each room each day.

Book your group rate for Association of National Park Rangers

Transportation

Jacksonville International Airport is approximately 16 miles (30 minutes, depending on traffic) from the hotel. The airport is served by all major airlines with direct flights from Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, New York (JFK), Houston, Chicago, Newark, Philadelphia, Denver, Los Angeles and other cities in Florida and the US.

Taking an Uber or Lyft from the airport to the hotel should cost roughly $25.

Calling All Harry Yount Award Recipients

This year at the Rendezvous, we will be celebrating the Harry Yount Award. In 1994, the National Park Service established the Harry Yount Award, given annually to an employee whose “overall impact, record of accomplishments, and excellence in traditional ranger duties have created an appreciation for the park ranger profession.” This award is given both nationally and regionally. Yount is “credited with setting the standards for performance and service by which the public has come to judge the rangers of today.”

We are inviting all previous award winners (national and regional) to attend and be recognized at an awards event on Saturday evening, October 16.

We will be presenting two “Harry Yount Lifetime Achievement” awards at this year’s Rendezvous.

Supernaugh Scholarships

Since 2007, Bill Supernaugh Memorial Scholarships have allowed early-career employees, NPS volunteers, students, and those new to ANPR to experience the annual Ranger Rendezvous and learn about ANPR. 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.

Any ANPR member who has not attended a Rendezvous is eligible to apply. Applications are being accepted through July 31st, 2021, with scholarships being announced by August 15th, 2021. If selected, applicants will be expected to attend the entire duration of Ranger Rendezvous (October 13-17, 2021), and to be assigned to various tasks/functions to support the Ranger Rendezvous.

If selected, benefits include complimentary event registration, 5 nights in a double occupant room at the event property, $300 in reimbursable travel expenses, and a one-year membership to ANPR.

Note: Any person who applies for a Supernaugh scholarship and is not selected will be able to register at the early-bird rate past the deadline.

Supernaugh Scholarship Application

Photo Contest

ANPR is once again running its photography contest this fall at Rendezvous 44! Submit your best National Park photos for each of the following five categories for a chance to win prizes!

This year's categories are:

  • Landscapes and Seascapes
  • Wildlife
  • Historical & Cultural Resources
  • Park Skies
  • Covid Contemporary

Guidelines:

  • Contestants must be ANPR members. Memberships will be available at the Rendezvous.
  • All photos must have been taken in a national park unit or international protected area.
  • Contestants may enter only one photo per category.
  • Photos should be printed and unframed. Recommended size is 8” x 10”

How to Enter:

  • Write your name, location of the photo, and the category on the back of each print.
  • Drop off photos at the Rendezvous Registration Desk upon arrival. If unable to attend, printed photos can be mailed to: Barbara Goodman, 12674 Windy Willows Dr., N, Jacksonville, FL 32225 – to arrive by no later than October 8, 2021.

Rendezvous attendees will vote on their favorite photos. Winners will be selected from each category, with an added prize being awarded to the photo voted “Best of Show.”

All winners will receive recognition at Rendezvous, receive a gift card to a major business, and have their photos published in Ranger magazine.

Board of Directors Meeting

Your ANPR Board of Directors will meet all day on Wednesday, October 13. Members are invited to attend.

Other Information

The President’s Reception and the Exhibitor Reception will give participants the opportunity to visit and network while enjoying beverages and “eats.” The awards event on Saturday late afternoon will be followed by a reception honoring the award recipients and will be followed by entertainment and dancing. The traditional Rendezvous “hospitality room” will be available nightly for participants to mingle, network and re-live experiences (“There I was...”)

Raffles will be held during the breaks on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and a silent auction will feature a number of items. Items in the raffle and auction are generally items (often handicrafts or collected items) donated by members and vendors. If you are interested in donating such an item, bring it with you to the RR, or send it to:

Barbara Goodman
12674 Windy Willows Dr. N,
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Please don’t send prior to August

Ways to Help

If you are interested in giving a presentation, such as a breakout session, on a topic you think would be of interest to participants, submit your proposal here.

A poster session will be conducted during the President’s Reception on Thursday evening, October 14th. If you want to present a poster, bring it with you, or send it ahead to Barbara Goodman. Posters will be available for participants to view during the duration of the RR.

There are always ways to chip in and help before and during the RR. Contact Bill Wade at any time to offer your assistance.

We are always looking for donations to help offset the costs of coffee breaks and other expenses of the Rendezvous.