Ranger Rendezvous 37

October 22-26, 2014 |YMCA of the Rockies | Estes Park, Colorado 

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Join ANPR members Oct. 22-26, 2014, at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. Only three miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, the location promises spectacular scenery, abundant opportunities for outdoor exploration and lots more. It’s the perfect setting for a conference about national parks and the people who protect them.

General Information

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers during the conference will include:

  • Mike Reynolds
    NPS Associate Director of Workforce, Relevancy and Inclusion
  • Alan Spears
    NPCA Government Affairs Cultural Resource Director
    "America's Best Idea: NPS Branding and Its Impacts on Diversity Enhancement"
  • Dr. Nathan Stephenson
    USGS Western Ecological Research Center
    "The Third Era of NPS Natural Resources Management"
  • Alexa Viets
    NPS Centennial Coordinator, Office of the Director
  • Christina Goldfuss
    Deputy Director, Congressional and External Relations
  • Jim Syvertsen
    Wilderness Ranger, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
    "The 'I' in Risk: Personal Responsibility in Risk Management"

Workshops and field trips

Field trips and workshops will be a highlight of this year's Rendezvous program. Confirmed trips include:

    • John Fielder's Landscape Photography Workshop:
      Join award-winning landscape photographer John Fielder for a half-day photography workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park. Students will learn how to improve their compositions and get an insider's look at professional techniques. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of photographers, beginner to advanced. For more information about John Fielder, visit
    • Rocky Mountain National Park:
      Learn about elk management, forest ecology and geology on this full-day field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. The bus will stop at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, Moraine Park and Bear Lake. A ranger-led hike to Nymph Lake is included.
    • Hike to Emerald Lake:
      Karl Ford, an instructor in Colorado Mountain Club's Wilderness Trekking School, will lead this two-hour, moderately easy, 3.6-mile round trip hike to photogenic Nymph Lake, Dream Lake and Emerald Lake. If the group agrees, the hike can be extended another 2.2 miles round trip to Lake Haiyaha. The morning hike to Emerald Lake is a gentle elevation gain of about 600 feet, reaching an altitude of more than 10,000 feet. Bring water, snacks and appropriate clothing.
    • Elk Bugling:
      A ranger will talk about elk adaptation, migration and mating behavior while observing the elk in action during this evening field trip.
    • Service Project with the Estes Park Long Term Flood Recovery Group
      The Estes Park Long Term Flood Recovery Group will pick up participants at the YMCA, Longs Peak Lodge, at 12:30 p.m. They will give a brief overview of the project before transporting participants to the work site, about 20 minutes from the YMCA. The site is the home of a resident who experienced severe damage from last year's flood. ANPR will help him rebuild his driveway. No specialized skills are necessary. Participants will work until 5 p.m., and then will be transported back to the Y.


ANPR is sponsoring a used gear drive to support Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit organization that runs hiking and backpacking programs nationwide to help introduce kids to the outdoors. Please bring or ship these items to the YMCA of the Rockies during Ranger Rendezvous: jackets, outdoor clothes, base layers, backpacks and day packs, water bottles, flashlights or head lamps, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cameras, GoPros and cooking gear.

We can't accept skis, snowboards or climbing gear.

Donations must be received at the YMCA no later than Oct. 23. Help ANPR support a good cause, and clean up your closet at the same time.


As in past years, we plan to provide several training sessions at the upcoming Ranger Rendezvous. Confirmed training opportunities include:

  • Jack Harris - Leadership Development:
    Jack Harris, an internationally known speaker, workshop facilitator and trainer, will present three four-hour training modules focused on leadership skill development. Topics include "Keeping Good People Good," "Management's Role in Keeping Good People Good" and "Communication Skills . . . They do Matter." For more information about Jack Harris, visit
  • Introduction to Oral History Interviewing:
    Dr. Lu Ann Jones, NPS staff historian, will present a four-hour workshop, "Learning by Listening: Conducting Effective Oral History Interviews," on how to develop and implement oral history projects. Students will learn about interviewing techniques, project design, recording equipment and oral history archiving.
  • "Find Em: Initial Response Incident Commander":
    Learn about the state-of-the-art in missing person search planning. This interactive workshop with ANPR life member Paul Anderson will introduce the newest and most comprehensive textbook on search and rescue management. It also will focus on the duties and responsibilities of the initial response incident commander and provide instruction on the use of WinCASIE search incident computer software.
  • Patient Packaging for the Vertical Environment:
    Rangers from Rocky Mountain National Park will provide hands-on training in the practical application of the NPS standardized way of tying a patient to a litter for high-angle rescue (the Yosemite Tie-In). Spinal immobilization, patient comfort, and thermal protection will also be addressed. This course counts toward continuing education requirements for emergency medical providers.
  • Understanding All-Hazards Gray Cards & Position Task Books:
    Join rangers from Rocky Mountain National Park for explanations of DOI all-hazards gray cards and the new NPS position task books. Learn about earning your certifications for newly-recognized all-hazards positions, such as search and rescue technician (SRT) types 3-lead, technical rescue tTechnician (TRT) types 2-lead and swiftwater rescue technician (SWF) types 2-lead.
  • Money Matters - The NPS Budget:
    Would you like to learn more about the budget process and where NPS funding comes from? What's the difference between base funds and other funding sources? Why are the new account numbers so long, and what do they mean? This half-day training by Deb Pfenninger, administrative officer at Rocky Mountain National Park, and Melinda Martinez, Intermountain regional comptroller, will answer many of these questions and more.