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Ranger Rendezvous 42

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Last Updated: September 17, 2019 11:42

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Join us at the 42nd annual Ranger Rendezvous in Everett, Washington -- with Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades National Parks; San Juan Island National Historical Park, Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Seattle Unit), and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial (Minidoka National Historic Site, all nearby.

Mentoring, training, job networking, conversation and socializing opportunities will abound at this event. We will have our traditional photo contest (get published!), silent auction (donate and/or buy cool stuff!), raffle (earn prizes) ... and more. Sign up today if you're not already registered! Early registration rates apply through 9/8.

Schedule highlights:

Wednesday October 16: Board of Directors Meeting. Evening entertainment: NPS Trivia Contest
Thursday October 17: Interpretive and Resource focus. Keynote: Attorney John Ruple, "Lessons Not Learned in Downsizing National Monuments"
Friday October 18: Personal Career Development focus: Workplace Performance Management, Getting the Job You Want; Resume Peer Review. Address from Mike Gauthier
Saturday October 19: Resource and Visitor Protection, Search/Rescue, Emergency Medicine focus. John Muir Living History Performance.
Sunday October 20:Soaring to New Heights to create 21st Century Art.

Come for a day or stay for 5 days.
We can hardly wait to see you there!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The annual in person board of directors meeting will take place in the library of the event property, immediately adjacent to the hotel lobby. All ANPR members are welcome to attend. If you’d like to submit topics for discussion please use the from on our website: Board Submission Form.

If you're arriving in Everett early, ANPR is working to provide multiple day trip guides personally curated by our members from the local area!

Collect your welcome packets and t-shirts if you ordered them from the regisration desk.

To help unwind from your travels to Everett, join your fellow attendees to take part in a fiercely competitive trivia match.

The Hospitality suite is located just to the right of the lobby, down the hallway towards the pool. Chat with old friends and meet new ones!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Let the Mayor of the City of Everett Cassie Franklin and ANPR's Board welcome you to Everett and share with you what you have in store over the coming days.

John Ruple
Professor (Research)
M.S., Michigan State University
J.D. University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

John Ruple conducts research on public land and water resource management, including efforts to improve management efficiency and collaborative resource management between the federal and state governments. Prior to joining the Stegner Center, John worked as a Fellow with the University of Utah’s Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, where he addressed land and water issues involving energy development in Utah’s Uinta Basin. John also worked as policy analyst in Governor Jon Huntsman’s Public Lands Office, as an environmental attorney, and a NEPA contractor specializing in permitting for projects involving ski areas operating on National Forest System lands.

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Parks are no longer a destination people visit on summer vacations and long weekends. Times have changed. Visitor expectations have changed. Parks have an opportunity to connect with visitors in a new way.

People no longer want to just visit a park. They want to know more. They want to be aware of the challenges and accomplishments of their favorite parks. They want to know the people who serve them. In short, they want to belong to the park community.

Individual Parks can use this as an opportunity to reach out to build stronger relationships with their local community as well as visitors from elsewhere. Using social media, email newsletters, audio content, surveys, and concentrated outreach, a park can build a devoted following of fans.

What is the difference between fans and park visitors? Visitors generally consume the services of a park (visitors are still important. It is why we do what we do). Fans are involved. Fans are devoted. Fans contribute, participate, and contribute. Fans belong to the park community rather than consider a park a place to visit.

We will discuss steps to build a fan base, how to reach out, and how to keep them engaged.

Brian Ettling will be speaking about his background seeing climate change in the national parks. He will empathize the importance of interpreting climate change more as story telling rather than just giving facts.

Brian will highlight the 4 Key National Park Service (NPS) Messages for Speaking to park visitors about climate change: Human activities are changing Earth's Climate, Climate change affects national parks and the treasures they protect, NPS is addressing climate change, and the choices you make today make a difference.

He will also share tips he learned from to handle occasional park visitors who disagree strongly with the science of climate change, and other tips he learned how National Park Service rangers can better communicate about climate change in a national park setting.


Managing visitor use in national parks is an ever evolving task, balanced between experience and preservation. This presentation will briefly discuss the history of visitor use management within the context of the NPS and more thoroughly delve into recent social science research case studies that have been sponsored by the NPS to better carry out its dual-mandate.


The National Park Service’s first director, Stephen Mather, introduced a paradigm to build stewardship for national parks—build facilities and infrastructure so people could enjoy the wonder of parks. Their enjoyment and experiences will inspire stewardship. Through roads and trails, campgrounds and lodges, visitor centers and parking lots, the National Park Service provided access for people to visit in relative comfort and convenience. The paradigm worked. For over 100 years, national parks have been consistently among the United States’ most popular and revered landscapes. This paradigm, however, can fail to build the same level of stewardship among people who experience barriers to visiting national parks. Webcams and online interpretation offer a meaningful way to break the paradigm.

Webcams Inspire Stewardship and Meaningful Connections:

Since 2012, explore.org has partnered with Katmai National Park to host live streaming webcams (bearcams) at Brooks River, showcasing brown bears fishing for salmon at Brooks Falls. The bearcams are extremely popular, watched by tens of millions of people annually. They are more than a novelty as well. Survey results of bearcam viewers indicate that the webcams not only increase viewer interest in national parks and wildlife conservation, but also that the connections people make to wildlife through the online “visit” is on par with on-site visitors.

By combining the webcam experience with interpretive programming, webcams become powerful tools to increase public awareness and appreciation of wildlife. This presentation discusses survey results of bearcam viewers and the interpretive methods used to reach online audiences. When combined with effective interpretation, webcams increase public awareness of wildlife, extend conservation messages to a broader audience, and expand messaging to pre and post on-site visitors. Webcams are powerful interpretive tools with great potential to increase awareness, understanding, and stewardship of national parks.

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Over the past 15 years, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (formerly the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees) has become an increasingly powerful voice for those who care deeply about the well-being and the future of the National Park System. The organization continues to grow and adapt effectively to a changing political, social, and fiscal environment. It continues to proactively identify and address challenges facing the national parks and work to protect park resources. Though some aspects of the Coalition have changed, such as its organizational structure, its fundamental mission has not. It continues to place high priority on the importance of maintaining its credibility and being the voice of experience.

Join Emily Thompson as she gives you an overview of the Coalition's Mission and Objectives.

Provide input on identifying & furthering ANPR's objectives.

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The Hospitality suite is located just to the right of the lobby, down the hallway towards the pool. Chat with old friends and meet new ones!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Welcome to Day 2 of Rendezvous

The Association of National Park Rangers is pleased to help facilitate an information system on retirement benefits through Foster Financial Services. Join us Friday, October 18th, 2019 for an information session to help you understand your financial future.

If you'd wish to register solely for this session, visit anpr.org/retire.

How to deliver effective feedback and appraisal to your direct reports, and deliver effective feedback to your co-workers and to your boss. And how to effectively receive feedback from others.

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The Association of National Park Rangers is pleased to help facilitate an information system on retirement benefits through Foster Financial Services. Join us Friday, October 18th, 2019 for an information session to help you understand your financial future.

If you'd wish to register solely for this session, visit anpr.org/retire.

Research shows that a leadership “strength” is often not a strength at all, and can be a significant weakness - without its complementary paradoxical behavior. Lessons learned from “out-of-balance” paradoxical behaviors.

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Lee Taylor, formerly Mount Rainier's chief of interpretation and superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park, supervises the interpretation, facilities, natural/cultural resources, visitor and resources protection, and most administrative staff of Olympic NP. Among her other roles as park manager, Lee serves as Incident Commander in the multi-year, multi-agency, collaborative effort to translocate mountain goats from Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest (where they are non-native) to national forest areas in the North Cascades mountains. Lee delivers our Friday afternoon "superintendent's welcome" at the 42nd annual Ranger Rendezvous.

Mike Gauthier (pronounced "go-tee-ay," but whose nickname is "Gator") was sold on the National Park idea as a youth. He began his NPS career as a teenage backcountry volunteer at Olympic NP. Soon thereafter, he worked as an NPS fee collector, campground custodian, interpretive ranger, backcountry ranger, climbing ranger, firefighter, emergency medical technician, aviation manager, and search and rescue coordinator. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1992 (B.A., History). As supervisory climbing ranger at Mount Rainier National Park from 1990-2009, he led a team of climbing and rescue rangers on Mount Rainier and managed climbing, upper mountain rescue operations, and high camps, involving over 200 rescues. In 2009, Mike was accepted to the two-year Bevinetto Congressional Fellows program, a mid-career training program based in Washington, D.C., where he worked as aide to a U.S. Senator. In 2010, he served as liaison to the National Park Service for the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. Gauthier went on to become chief of staff (assistant to the superintendent) at Yosemite NP from 2010-2017. Since June 2017, Mike has been the superintendent of Nez Perce National Historical Park, located in ID, MT, OR, and WA.

Mountaineers Books reported that Mike was named a Wilderness Rescue Hero in 1998 by the American Red Cross, and in 2004, Men's Journal named him one of the 25 Toughest Men in America. ANPR is delighted to welcome a gentleman, photographer, climber, guidebook author, ranger and superintendent Mike Gauthier.

A panel of Human Resources (HR) and Hiring Officials give advice on how to get your first permanent federal position, and how to strive toward and (hopefully, one day) obtain your dream position. Topics planned: Hiring authorities; planning your career; what does it mean to "color your own parachute;" job search strategies; comparison of permanent/term/seasonal benefits;what other agencies besides NPS where you can find positions, experience, and "permanent federal status."

Facilitators: Nicole Koeltzow and Tom Banks

The nitty-gritty on resumés, cover letters, USAJOBS applications. Bring multiple copies of a current, targeted resumé or resumés (1-4 pages max.) and cover letter (1 page max.) Get critique and advice 1:1 from one or more senior ANPR members or other Rendezvous attendees. Optionally, bring one (1) comprehensive USAJOBS application (they call it a resume on USAJOBS) for reference.

After the workshop, optionally revise your resumés, make multiple copies, and pin a copy (or copies) to a bulletin board in the exhibitor room (or elsewhere) for others to see or take with them during the remainder of Ranger Rendezvous 42.

Your resumé and cover letter may inspire others, or they just might land you a job offer.

Facilitators: Tom Banks, Nicole Koeltzow, and TBD

ANPR is working to provide multiple day trip guides personally curated by our members from the local area!

Join us in the exhibitor hall for hors d’oeuvres sponsored by Starr Wright USA.

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The Hospitality suite is located just to the right of the lobby, down the hallway towards the pool. Chat with old friends and meet new ones!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Welcome to Day 3 of Rendezvous

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Is there a bear in the lodge? Is there a new wildfire by the visitor center? Is there a dignitary en route for a visit? Then there's probably a reporter who wants to talk about it.

Attend this session to learn tips and tricks from current NPS PIOs that help them prepare communications plans, media releases, and provide interviews. Come prepared to discuss and briefly practice communications techniques.

Presented by Olympic Mountain Rescue & Everett Mountain Rescue
Facilitated by Tom Banks (OLYM; formerly with Olympic Mountain Rescue)

Pre-planning is essential to efficient and effective Search and Rescue. “Up your game” by participating in this 3-hour hands-on workshop in which you will work in small groups and with the whole group, to discuss and practice methods for self-rescue – both for yourself, and for a group that you might someday lead.

If possible, bring a day-pack sized “go-bag” with your climbing harness, gloves, belay/rappelling gear, rope grip equipment (prussiks, ascenders, etc.), 6+ carabiners, and 30-200 feet of line (static or dynamic), webbing, etc. – any items that you might carry that would contribute toward a self-rescue from a technical environment you enjoy -- e.g., rock, snow, ice, river, canyon, and/or cave environments. Hard hats and other "PPE" are not required for these workshop simulations which will be held indoors and/or the parking lot.

Lesson Plan
  1. Introduction: Search and Rescue preparedness: Pre-planning for emergencies before recreating in technical environments. (Lecture/discussion). ~15 minutes (2:00 – 2:15)
  2. Small group exercise: Divide into groups (e.g., rock, ice, water, etc.): Within self-selected small groups, plan and demonstrate to each other how you'd effect a self-rescue, using your own (or combined) gear. ~30 minutes (2:15 – 2:45)
  3. Report out findings of small group exercise to the large group. Presentation/Discussion/Q&A time. ~30 minutes (2:45 – 3:15)
  4. Create a personal list of relatively lightweight technical gear you'd bring on group/individual alpine scrambles (or other activity). (Hands-on: making a list based on gear in the room, handouts, discussions with others in the room.) ~15 minutes (3:15 – 3:30) Then, 15 minute break.
  5. Assignment (can be done ahead of time): Brainstorm/write a unique rescue decision-making scenario relevant to a group that you might lead. ~15 minutes (3:45 – 4:00)
  6. Discuss your scenarios in small groups (~15 minutes), report out to the whole group and lead discussion (~15 minutes) (4:00 – 4:30)
  7. Optional: as equipment allows, or on the sidelines: Perform practice patient packaging and transport with litters (either improvised and/or manufactured), using what's available. (4:30 – 5:00)

Participants are encouraged to review these references ahead of time, if you're able, in order to gain from, and contribute the most to, this participatory, short, hands-on training workshop:

  1. "Self Rescue" by David J. Fasulo (Chockstone Press, Evergreen Colorado, 1996), 99 pages. Amazon.com
  2. "Search and Rescue for Outdoor Leaders" by Charley Shimanski (Mountain Rescue Association, mra.org), Mountain Rescue Association PDF

Mr. Muir, sometimes called the “Father of the National Parks,” will make an unprecedented appearance in Everett, Washington to retell stories of his travels to Mount Rainier, Alaska, and other parks and wildernesses around the country. He is willing to talk about his life’s work – as well as his memories of family and his adventures in and out of wilderness. After delivering some prepared introductory remarks, he dearly hopes you will actively participate by asking questions – lots of them – spurring his memory – to which he promises to respond with the biographical details, opinions, and adventure stories that he believes will most interest you.

As should be expected, this anachronistic time traveler is wholly unaware of world events occurring since 1914. (Muir was born in 1838 and died in 1914.) He is, for example, unaware of the establishment of the National Park Service in 1916. You are anachronistic to him, as well. If you are willing to converse, he will be interested to hear your opinions and learn about the adventures you’ve had in the outdoor places that you, and he, both love.

Muir’s spirit lives, and seeks to embrace the natural world wherever it is found – and is excited to meet others in Everett, who have chosen, as he did, a life enjoying, interpreting, maintaining, protecting and administering these special places that have been saved for future generations – Our National Parks.

The Hospitality suite is located just to the right of the lobby, down the hallway towards the pool. Chat with old friends and meet new ones!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Welcome to the final day of Ranger Rendezvous.

Thank you for being a part of this year's Ranger Rendezvous!

This break was made possible by the generous support of:

Lee Werst

Kathryn Murdoch

Tim Moore

Wendy Lauritzen

Jeff Ohlfs

Rebecca Jacobs

Bill Wade

Chris Reinhardt

Rick Erisman

Donna Erisman

Paul Anderson

Ed Rizzotto

Jonathan Shafer

Colleen Derber

Leah Farr

Liz Roberts

Clair Roberts

James Pierce

Meg Weesner

Tim Oliverius

Bill Sanders

Cheryl Hess

JD Swed

Carolyn Swed

Steve Thede

Jonathan Schecter

Butch Farabee

Linda Campbell

Jane Hendrick

Kathy Williams

Artists and computers are merging in unexpected ways in the 21st century -- and the results are beautiful. Our presenter, a California painter and computer scientist, is creating interactive murals for world biosphere reserves, world heritage sites and national parks in the United States and around the world. He will guide us (artists and non-artists alike) to create artistic nature journals -- and will update us on the cutting-edge technology that is likely to change, vastly, the way rangers and visitors see and experience visitor centers.

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