Ranger Rendezvous  39

October 27-30, 2016 | Santa Fe, New Mexico

Spring Rendezvous Update 
(400 KB pdf) Ranger Magazine 

Summer Rendezvous Update 
(324 KB pdf) Ranger Magazine 

Fall Rendezvous Update 
(623 KB pdf) Ranger Magazine 

Join ANPR members October 27-30, 2016, at the Hotel Santa Fe in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe is home to more than 15 museums, dozens of wonderful restaurants, and lots of great outdoor activities. It's also within an hour drive of Pecos National Historical Park, Petroglyph National Monument, and Bandelier National Monument! It's the perfect setting for a conference about national parks and the people who protect them.

For more information, download our DRAFT PROGRAM.

Online registration is now closed. 

You can register onsite starting Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6pm. 


 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


Field trips will be a highlight of this year's Rendezvous program. All field trips are scheduled for Thursday, October 27. Confirmed trips include:

  • Bandelier National Monument
One hour from Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument protects 33,000 acres of rugged, beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence on the landscape that goes back over 11,000 years. On this field trip, participants will take a guided tour of the 1.2 mile Main Loop Trail and will see human-carved alcoves and the Big Kiva, Tyuonyi, Talus House, and Long House sites. In the afternoon, participants will hike the 3-mile Falls Trail to see a beautiful waterfall and the impacts from the 2011 floods. Packed lunches will be enjoyed onsite. This trip is limited to 25 people and transportation will be via prearranged carpool. We will be departing the Hotel Santa Fe at 9:00am and returning at approximately 5:00pm. This field trip costs $15. For more information on Bandelier National Monument, please visit: THIS FIELD TRIP IS FULL.
  • Manhattan Project National Historical Park
Join us as we tour one of the newest national park sites in the country! The Manhattan Project was an unprecedented top-secret government program that allowed the United States to win the race to develop and build the first atomic bomb. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is a partnership between the Department of Energy and the National Park Service. The park tells the story of the people, events, science, and engineering that changed the world forever. On this field trip, we will be touring the Manhattan Project Pajarito Site facilities (where plutonium chemistry research was conducted) and the Tsirege Pueblo cultural site. We will also be taking a walking tour of the Los Alamos Manhattan Project town site. This field trip provides access to some sites that are currently closed to the general public. We will be departing the Hotel Santa Fe at 8:00am and returning at approximately 5:00pm. This field trip is free and transportation will be via bus. You must be a U.S. citizen to join us on this field trip. For more information, click here.  THIS FIELD TRIP IS FULL.
  • Pecos National Historical Park
Only thirty minutes from downtown Santa Fe, Pecos National Historical Park includes both the Pecos Pueblo (a National Historic Landmark) and the Glorieta Pass Battlefield (site of the American Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass). On this field trip, participants will enjoy a guided tour of the 1-mile Pueblo trail in the morning and of the 2-mile battlefield trail in the afternoon. Packed lunches will be enjoyed onsite. This trip is limited to 25 people and transportation will be via prearranged carpool. We will be departing the Hotel Santa Fe at 9:30am and returning at approximately 3:30pm. This field trip costs $15. For more information on Pecos National Historical Park, please visit: Check out the park's music video "Glorieta" here: THIS FIELD TRIP IS FULL.
  • Service Project at the Old Santa Fe Trail Building
ANPR has organized a volunteer project at the National Park Service's Old Santa Fe Trail Building, located on Museum Hill in Santa Fe (  Please join us in contributing to the care of this historic gem, built by the CCC in the 1930s, on Thursday, October 27 from 1pm-4pmWe will have a brief presentation on the history of the building and its continued place in the daily operations of NPS, then get down to work sweeping & dusting the portals, removing leaves, cleaning the pond, and - weather dependent - assisting with stucco repair.  All ages welcome and no tools required; personal work gloves recommended. For more information on the building see:


This year's keynote speakers include: 

  • Mike Reynolds, Deputy Director, Operations, National Park Service
  • Charlie Strickfaden, Superintendent, Fort Union National Monument, National Park Service
  • Jason Lott, Superintendent, Bandelier National Monument, National Park Service
  • Chad Lord, NPCA, Senior Director of Waters Program, Government Affairs
  • Jorge Silva-Bañuelos, Superintendent, Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Jerry Rogers, Retired Associate Director of Cultural Resources, National Park Service
Our plenary sessions include: 
  • "What the World Ranger Congress Means for ANPR"

ANPR can be very proud that this year's World Ranger Congress, which we hosted, was the largest, most diverse, most successful, greenest, and most financially successful WRC ever -- ANPR received tremendous recognition from the NPS and from rangers around the world for what we accomplished.  Join WRC Conference Chair Bob Krumenaker and members of the team that planned and ran the 8th World Ranger Congress as they try to bring back, with a multi-media presentation, some of the the energy and inspiration of that great week in Estes Park, summarize the After Action Review, and account to the membership on the event's financials.

  • "WPA Poster Art of the National Park Service"

Doug Leen, a dentist who lives in Alaska, is currently on a 15 month NPS Centennial road trip/speaking series.  He was a seasonal park ranger in Grand Teton National Park for 7 years in the 1970s where he rescued an old poster bound for the park dump.  Twenty-five years of research led to the discovery that this was part of the original poster series for our National Parks made by Work Projects Administration (WPA) artists in the 1930s and 40s.  With the onset of WWII, poster production stopped with only 14 park designs completed and after the war they disappeared into history.  Doug is here today to tell the story of how these posters were made, lost, rediscovered and how he continues with modern designs in the style of the WPA.  You can check out Doug’s work here:

  • "The ANPR Oral History Project: Sharing Our Stories, Mentoring New Leaders"
The ANPR Oral History Project has been successful in a number of ways. In-depth interviews with over 60 veteran members of the organization document important changes in the history of the National Park Service and will be a significant legacy of the centennial for years to come. The project has also created new connections across generations and reinvigorated a culture of mentoring that has been central to ANPR since its founding in 1977. This panel celebrates lessons learned.
  • "Living in Harmony: Songs & Stories from the Five Fingered People of the American Southwest"

The Diné, or Navajo People, are one of 500+ indigenous groups still in existence today in the United States. “Living in   Harmony” will be a combination of storytelling and music from the Diné, presented by Park Ranger Ravis Henry. Stories of creation, kinship, clans, and the philosophy of life according to the Navajo will be shared; and the water drum will be used to bring songs and dances to the audience.


      Submit your best photos to ANPR's annual 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. You do not have to attend Ranger Rendezvous to participate. 

      For more information, CLICK HERE.


      The theme of this year's Rendezvous is A Century of Service. The conference will include 18 concurrent sessions that touch upon this theme in a variety of ways. For detailed information on each session, please refer to the conference program. A selection of sessions is listed below:

      • Getting Noticed (Part One): Entry-Level Resume Dos and Don'ts
      • Getting Noticed (Part Two): Acing Your Interview
      • Wise Decision Making for the Next Century
      • Park Partnerships: Successes and Challenges
      • The Unknown Elder: George Alexander Grant, First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service
      • Stepping Into the Future: How a Grassroots Employee Movement Can Transform the Working Culture of the NPS
      • View from the Seashore: Environmental History and Interpretation
      • Ghost Riders in the Sky: The Stories and Songs of Stan Jones, The Singing Ranger
      • Where Work Goes to Die: Lessons Learned from Harrison Assessments, Performance Based Coaching, and Leadership Workshops in the NPS
      • Personal Teamwork and Excellent Leadership
      • Lessons from NPS Operational Leadership (3 separate sessions):
          • Fatigue and Performance
          • The Loss of Situational Awareness
          • Decision Making Strategies
      • What is a Learning and Performance Ecosystem & How Are We Using It to Innovate?
      • Notes From The Field: People, Parks, and Projects (session will include eight 5-minute speed talks)


      Join other conference participants for a casual dinner at a restaurant in Santa Fe on October 27 and/or 29. ANPR has made reservations for ten people at fifteen different locations. Sign up sheets will be available at the registration table. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience some of the best food in Santa Fe with your ANPR friends! Restaurant options include:   

      Cowgirl Santa Fe (Barbecue)
      Tomasitas (Classic Northern New Mexican)
      Pranzo Italian Grill (Italian/Mediterranean):
      Second Street Brewery @ The Railyard (Microbrew/Pub)
      Raaga Modern Indian Cuisine (Indian):
      Vinagrette (Salad Bistro):
      Yin Yang Chinese:
      Pizza Centro (New York Style Pizza)
      Del Charro Saloon (New Mexican/Mexican)
      Blue Corn Café & Brewery (New Mexican/Microbrewery)
      The Shed (New Mexican)
      Marias (New Mexican/Margaritas)
      La Boca Taberna (Spanish Tapas)
      The Plaza Café (Historic Diner/New Mexican):
      La Plazuela (Modern New Mexican):


      In 2010, the Association of National Park Rangers launched an oral history project to commemorate the National Park Service Centennial. Our goal was to record, transcribe, and archive interviews with Park Service personnel who had shaped the agency's history during its second half-century. To date, ANPR has conducted 59 interviews with longtime NPS employees. Interview excerpts have been featured in Ranger magazine and audio clips have been released on Facebook by the NPS Park History Program. In the months and years to come, we intend to continue sharing these stories in as many venues as possible.

      Most of the interviews conducted for this project took place during Ranger Rendezvous. We plan to continue this tradition by collecting more interviews in Santa Fe. If you would like to be interviewed for the project, please contact ANPR's business manager at: Interviews are typically 2 hours in length and cover a vast array of topics. For more information about ANPR's Oral History Project, click here.

      Everyone has a story to tell...we encourage you to share yours!


      We'd like to thank our 2016 exhibitors and sponsors!





      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. 27-29, 2016)
      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 August 31, 2016.

      Scholarships will be announced by September 15, 2016.


      Hotel Santa Fe
      1501 Paseo de Peralta
      Santa Fe, NM 87501
      (855) 825-9876

      Ranger Rendezvous XXXIX will be held at the Hotel Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM. Traditional rooms at the Hotel Santa Fe are furnished with handcrafted Southwestern style natural pine furnishings, granite bathroom counter tops and come with either an oversize king bed or two double beds, with triple sheeting and down comforter. Traditional rooms also feature WiFi, a fully stocked mini bar, and individual writing desk.

      Daily Room Rates (double occupancy): $99/night, includes continental breakfast

      You can reserve a room via phone, email, or fax: 

      Phone: 877-259-3409 


      Fax: 505-955-7835

      Make sure to tell them that you are a part of the Association of National Park Rangers' room block. 

      UPDATE: As of October 10, the Hotel Santa Fe was almost completely booked. They have recommended that Rendezvous attendees check out the nearby Santa Fe Sage Hotel. On, the Santa Fe Sage Hotel was advertising rooms for $77. Check them out here.


      Need a roommate or looking to carpool?  Click HERE.  ANPR has created a spreadsheet where you can enter your needs or offer a ride. Please contact people directly to work out carpooling and room sharing options.

      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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