ANPR Newsletter
July 2021

A monthly e-newsletter from the Association of National Park Rangers
Compiled by Elsa Hansen, Board Member for Internal Communications

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Spring Fundraiser - Thank you to all who donated!!

A total of 46 people donated for a grand total of $7,096!! These donations will help ANPR cover the expenses of Ranger magazine, the software and expertise necessary to enhance our website, along with contributing to the International Ranger Account and the Rick Gale Oral History Project. We greatly appreciate your donations, thank you so much!! 
-Jeanette Meleen, Board Member for Fundraising
Ranger Rendezvous 44 - Rangering in the New Reality
Plans for Ranger Rendezvous 44 in Jacksonville, FL, at the Southbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk, October 14-17 are progressing well. We are planning several “pre-RR” training sessions on October 11-13:
  • Initial Response Incident Commander
  • Mental Health, Wellness and Resiliency
  • Financial and Retirement Planning
  • Wilderness Stewardship
  • Interpretive Planning
  • Operational Leadership Refresher
  • Cultural Resources Preservation Methods
These training sessions require pre-registration and there is a small tuition requirement for some.

The full RR program will include sessions on:
  • Hiring
  • Uniforms
  • Park Maintenance and Housing
  • How the NPS is Advancing Racial Equality
  • An “Authors” Panel
  • Storytelling in Interpretation
  • NPS and Public Health
  • Climate Change Impacts on NPS Areas
  • Updates from WASO on Protection and Interpretation
  • And Others
We’ve invited Deb Haaland, Secretary of the Interior; Shannon Estevoz, Assistant Secretary for FWP; and the NPS Director (when appointed).

Field trips are planned to Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and to Castillo de San Marcos; or for those who want to explore the area or pursue other activities, time is available for that on Friday, October 15.

We will have an “Awards Campfire” event on Saturday evening October 16 when we will present two Harry Yount Lifetime Achievement Awards, and recognize other Harry Yount Award winners (national and regional). The National Parks Conservation Association has indicated their intent to present their Stephen T. Mather Award at this event. This will be followed by a reception and music/dancing.

We are inviting exhibitors to attend to share their goods and services.

And, of course, the traditional raffle/auction, trivia contest, movie night, and hospitality room will all be an important part of the Rendezvous.
Please go to to get additional details and to register for the RR and training sessions.
Deadline extended for Supernaugh Scholarship applications!

Share with your co-workers, employees and friends! Applications are being accepted through July 31st, 2021, with scholarships being announced by August 15th, 2021. Anyone who has not attended a Rendezvous is eligible to apply.  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.

Learn more and apply here:
Examining Ranger Associations: A Mixed-Method Approach


The Association of National Park Rangers is cooperating with the University of Central Florida on a research study of Ranger Associations. Here are the details:

You are being invited to voluntarily take part in a research study. The purpose of this research is to examine perceptions and experiences with ranger associations. You are being asked to participate because of your experience working in, or in association with, conservation areas and ranger associations. The data you provide will be valuable for strengthening conservation efforts. 

You are being asked to participate in a survey. This survey will take place in a setting of your choosing and will be completed online. The survey is expected to range from 15-30 minutes, and your responses will be confidential. 

You may also participate in an interview. This interview will be conducted online through virtual conferencing software (e.g., Skype, Zoom) or through telephone. You can conduct the interview in a setting and time of your choice. The interview is expected to last approximately 1 hour, and your responses will be confidential. 

If you would like to participate in the interview, or if you have questions, please contact:

Richard L. Elligson, Jr, Doctoral Student, Department of Criminal Justice, College of Community Innovation and Education, by email at 
Items needed! Ranger Rendezvous Raffle and Silent Auction

Please consider bringing or sending items from your park to donate to the raffle and silent auction. Any items you bring are appreciated and will help make this event a success! In 2019, a couple of outdoor companies in the Seattle area generously donated items for the raffle and silent auction. If you are interested in helping reach out to companies this year, please contact me, Jeanette Meleen, at I can provide you with a draft letter and a list of companies who've supported ANPR and the Florida Park Rangers Association. Thank you!
-Jeanette Meleen, Board Member for Fundraising
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The “Super Raffle”
ANPR is resurrecting it’s “super raffle” which has been dormant for a number of years. Beginning May 1, you will be able to go on-line and donate for tickets (or have friends, family or whomever) donate for tickets for some superb prizes, to include:
  • A “roll-your-own” trip. You decide where, when, how long and with whom. ANPR will contribute up to $1800 toward the trip.
  • A one-week stay at a cabin 20 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, in Paradise Valley.
  • A wood carving by former NPS employee and wood carver, Rob Arnberger.
  • A handmade and dyed wall hanging by acclaimed Alaskan artist Ree Nancarrow
  • Other prizes, and more expected to be added. 

The “drawing” will take place at the Rendezvous on October 16, 2021.

Follow the link to learn more about the Super Raffle and to purchase tickets! Super Raffle | ANPR  

If you wish to support this ANPR activity and have something to contribute as a prize, please contact Bill Wade at

(Note: Ranger Magazine, in error, stated the cabin is IN Yellowstone - it is actually in Paradise Valley, 20 miles north of Yellowstone).

New news seen on Social Media
Take a virtual road trip with Charley Harper’s National Parks posters! Delve into the inspiration, process, drawing life, and beyond. 
A Virtual Road Trip ( 

Pride on Display - Secretary Deb Haaland has raised the Progress Pride Flag over the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building in Washington, DC. This is the first time a Pride flag has been flown at Interior headquarters, marking Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month. The Progress Pride Flag includes black and brown stripes to represent marginalized LGBTQ+ communities of color, along with the colors pink, light blue and white, which are used on the Transgender Pride Flag. 

New Federal Holiday
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates an important step towards the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19 every year, the nation comes together to acknowledge and celebrate the end of the Civil War and chattel slavery in this country. It is also a day for us to commit together to eradicate the enduring system of racism and address slavery’s intergenerational impacts. You can learn more at the Blog of the Interior.  

Rare dense fog fills Mammoth Cave due to passing thunderstorm
A large and unexpected storm came through the park on June 13 which caused a quick drop in the temperature. This pressure change caused the airflow to reverse, pulling into the cave, resulting in a dense fog filling the Rotunda room!

Eerie, dense fog fills Mammoth Cave's Rotunda Room (
Leadership and Teamwork Corner by Bill Pierce
The characteristics of a successful team (one that is effective and efficient in accomplishing their objectives and maintaining morale) will not surprise you. They are a summary of what we have been talking about in personal leadership and excellent teams. They are:

High level of Communication among all members; High level of Trust; Team management; Team goals; Team members know and do their job with Excellence; Feedback; Decision making; Leadership; and High Team Morale.

Continue reading here….

Please let me hear from you and tell me what you think of this series. You can contact me at and thank you for your time!


ANPR stickers still available!
What adventures has your new ANPR sticker been on? Send us a photo to and we’ll feature them on social media. My sticker has floated down the Colorado River on a SUP, but mostly keeps me hydrated at my desk while teleworking.

For your very own sticker, send an email to Elsa Hansen at with your name and mailing address, and consider making a donation to ANPR through Venmo @Park-Ranger to offset the cost of the sticker and stamp (total unit cost $1 not including postage). These 2.25x3” stickers will be delivered to your door straight from Moab, UT, home of Canyonlands and Arches National Park. If you wish to make a sticker donation by check, send me an email first and I’ll let you know a good address to use. Let's make ANPR visible!
-Elsa Hansen, Internal Communications


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