Ranger Rendezvous  38

October 21-25, 2015 | Black Mountain, North Carolina 


Join ANPR members Oct. 21-25, 2015, at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Only 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, the location promises spectacular autumn scenery and abundant opportunities for outdoor exploration at the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's the perfect setting for a conference about national parks and the people who protect them.

Online registration closed on October 15.  However, you can still register onsite!

This Year's Conference

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers during the conference will include:

  • Don Barger
    Senior Regional Director, NPCA Southeast Regional Office
  • Cassius Cash
    Superintendent, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Mark H. Woods
    Superintendent, Blue Ridge Parkway
    Dan Pierce, Ph.D.

    Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Asheville
  • Deke Arndt
    Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch, National Centers for Environmental Information

Bring your family

The YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly is kid friendly. The venue offers a wide selection of children’s programs. Make this year's Rendezvous a family activity.


 Registration Type Early Registration
 (until August 15)
 Regular Registration
 (until October 15)
Onsite Registration
 ANPR Member $80 $95 $110
 Non-Member $100 $115  $130
 One Day $40  $50  $60
 Spouse or Other (evening activities only) $45  $50 $55
 Student (per day) $15 $20 $25


Submit your best photos to the Park Portrait Photo Contest. Rendezvous attendees will vote on their favorite shots. Winners will be selected from each category, and a “Best of Show” photo will take the top spot. All winners will receive recognition at the Rendezvous and have their photos published in Ranger magazine.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


Field trips and workshops will be a highlight of this year's Rendezvous program. For detailed information on times and pricing, please refer to the conference program. Confirmed trips include:
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    This ranger-led bus tour will include opportunities to learn about resource management issues, to view the stunning scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains, and to take several short hikes. Trip includes visiting Laurel Falls, stopping at Clingman’s Dome (the highest point in the park), and learning about cultural resources at the Mountain Farm Museum. What to wear/bring: hiking boots, cold weather gear, sunglasses, camera, sunscreen, lunch, and water. Purchase your bag lunch as part of meal registration with Y. Tour starts and ends at the YMCA. (Limited to 57 participants)
  • Downtown Asheville
    This is Asheville’s definitive tour, walking or otherwise. Have an amazing experience becoming an Asheville insider with native Kevan Frazier, Ph.D., as he guides you on an exciting expedition exploring the city’s rich history, stunning architecture, and unique culture. Enjoy an insider’s access to a number of hidden gems reachable only by foot as you learn about the women and men who made Asheville one of the country’s most unique cities. The tour is an easy, 90-minute stroll through downtown Asheville, mostly flat with only two hills and one set of steps. A bathroom break is included. Not only will you get an in-depth understanding of Asheville, but you’ll walk 1.9 miles and burn off 375 calories, easing the guilt of grabbing a drink or a bite afterwards at any of Asheville’s great establishments.(Limited to 24 participants)
  • Service Project 

    Participants will carpool from the YMCA to the Folk Art Center at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway about 20 minutes away. After a short orientation, you will help with general clean-up and trail maintenance, clearing limbs, laying gravel and raking leaves.  No specialized skills are necessary. Participants will work until noon, and then will be transported back to the Y. The service project will take place rain or shine.  What to wear and bring: sturdy closed-toe shoes, cold weather gear, sunglasses, water and work gloves if you have them


As in past years, we plan to provide several training sessions at the upcoming Ranger Rendezvous. For detailed information on times and pricing, please refer to this year's conference program. Confirmed training opportunities include:
  • Environmental Emergencies, Traumatic Injuries: Everyday EMS in the NPS 
    Join Dr. Scott Owens, an MPH Resident Physician at UCSF-Fresno MEP, as he discusses the challenges EMS providers face and the types of injuries they encounter when working in austere environments. Topics will include: exposure injuries, high altitude conditions, patient packaging, new developments in EMS protocol, and more. This will be a mixture of lectures, case-based learning, and hands-on practice. This course can count as continuing education for EMTs. (Limited to 30 participants)
  • Introduction to Podcasting Workshop
    Podcasting is on the rise.  With smart phones, nearly everyone carries a podcast listening device in their pocket.  Join Jody Maberry, the host of the Park Leaders podcast, as he discusses how a park-specific podcast can benefit your NPS unit.  A podcast is a way for a park to deliver personal educational content to an audience willing to listen.  Audio content can be consumed on-site at the park, at home while planning a trip, or in a vehicle on the way to a park.  Podcasts can serve visitors in a way no other platform can.  This presentation will cover why a park should consider podcasting, ideas for audio content, and the basic technology and equipment needed to start producing audio content. (Limited to 35 participants)      
  • Learning by Listening: Conducting Effective Oral History Interviews 
    This workshop is a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of oral history.  Participants will be introduced to oral history project planning; legal and ethical issues; recording technologies (audio and video); what to do before, during, and after the interview; processing and preserving interviews; and using oral history in website and publications.  Participants will conduct and critique a short interview during the workshop.  Workshop leader Dr. LuAnn Jones has taught week long oral history workshops for the National Park Service and is an adviser for the ANPR Oral History Project. (Limited to 20 participants) 


Support ANPR by participating in our trade show or serving as a Ranger Rendezvous sponsor. ANPR has designed exhibitor/sponsorship opportunities to bring your company visibility at levels every marketing budget can support. 

2015 Exhibitor Information

Since 2007, Bill Supernaugh Memorial Scholarships have allowed early-career employees, NPS volunteers, and students to experience the annual Ranger Rendezvous and learn about ANPR.  Any ANPR member or park employee who has not attended a Rendezvous is eligible to apply.  Bill Supernaugh was an ANPR life member, an avid supporter of the Association, and an NPS employee for over 39 years.  Scholarships are funded by the generous support of ANPR members.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Never attended Ranger Rendezvous
  • Currently an ANPR member or an NPS employee
  • Able to attend all days of Rendezvous (Oct. 21-25, 2015)
Scholarships Include:
  • Basic registration fees (not including additional trainings, field trips, etc.)
  • Hotel room (likely shared)
  • Actual or partial transportation costs (not to exceed $300)
  • One-year membership to ANPR

Applications are being accepted through September 23, 2015.

Scholarships will be announced by October 1, 2015.


YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly
84 Blue Ridge Assembly Drive
Black Mountain, NC 28711

To make your room reservation, visit:

Blue Ridge YMCA

ANPR has contracted with the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly for exclusive use of Eureka Hall and Heaton Hall. Guest rooms in Eureka Hall include two single beds and a full bath. Guest rooms in the Blue Ridge Center include 2 queen beds and a full bath. All bed and bath linens are provided. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all meeting rooms and guest rooms.

Daily Room Rates (per person)

Eureka Hall
Single Rate: $50
Double Rate: $25

Blue Ridge Center
Single Rate: $85
Double Rate: $42.50
Triple Rate: $28.33
Quad Rate: $21.25

Meal Plans

$129 for total stay
Meal plans start on the night of your arrival and conclude with breakfast on the day of your departure. The dining hall in the Blue Ridge Center is buffet-style.


Because the YMCA reservation structure is based on the number of people in your room, it is strongly recommended that you find your roommate(s) before you register for your lodging.

We have set up a roommate and carpooling inquiry page to help you find a match.
Link to Roommate/Rideshare Match



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Superintendents Level ($150-$500)

Asheville Brewing Company

Highland Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewery

One World Brewing

Directors Level ($500-$2000)

Twin Leaf Brewery

Sierra Nevada Brewery

Oskar Blues Brewery 

Noble Cider 

Urban Orchard Cider Co 

The Association of National Park Rangers, a nonprofit organization with approximately 1,000 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 will be our 38th annual conference and Ranger Rendezvous.

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