As ANPR moves its Ranger Rendezvous to the east after last year's wonderful event in Estes Park we trade the peaks of the Rockies to the massive underground network of caves at Mammoth Caves National Park. The phrase "from sea to summit" isn't even enough to capture this change as this network traverses the surrounding limestone to depths over 370 feet below the surface. For ANPR's many west coasters, this is a chance for you to soak in the unparalleled comfort we in the east call fall. With average temperatures this time of year in Bowling Green running in the mid 60's it should make for a temperate locale... and in the event I'm wrong, the temperature underground is isothermic at roughly 54° Fahrenheit (12° Celsius for those using metric).
While we may focus on being on the doorstep of a national park which may have previously been out of reach of many, I also appreciate that the idea of spelunking isn't for everyone. Thankfully, Bowling Green doesn't let one down in this regard either. For the vehicle aficionados, Bowling Green is home to the National Corvette Museum, located just a short distance from the actual Corvette manufacturing plant. As many of you will be flying to the event you'll have the opportunity to experience Nashville's renowned music scene, which begins the moment you deplane and enter the terminal which almost always features live music. Once downtown famous sites including RCA's Studio B allow you stand to in the exact location Elvis recorded many of his records (there's an actual X on the ground). If you're a foodie, you can order what's possibly the greatest concoction the Southeast has to offer, Nashville hot chicken (coming from a New Yorker, it's a must have). For the students of American military history, Stones River National Battlefield is just south of Nashville and Fort Donelson is 2 hours to the east of Bowling Green, both being major sites from the American Civil War.
If you're in the mood for a further jaunt, the Oakridge Site, part of the Manhattan Project offers tours through November in conjunction with the American Museum of Science and Energy. From there you're almost to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Dollywood.
Hopefully this brief yet woefully incomplete overview initiates you to Bowling Green's surroundings.
On behalf of ANPR, I hope you'll join us this November to visit this all in person.
This year's Ranger Rendezvous will be held at the Holiday Inn University Plaza in Bowling Green, KY. A freshly renovated property that offers our group a plethora of conference space should us with everything we can ask of a venue.
As part of this event a block code has been created allowing conference guests and exhibitors to receive a reduced rate of $109 + taxes using block code: PRG.
Please follow either link here to the booking site or call PRG. or 1-800-HOLIDAY and again mention the block code:
Looking to reduce lodging costs?
If you're planning on attending Rendezvous let us help you with reducing your costs, check out the following page to post your contact information about room sharing. Rooms with 2 queen beds are available for the same $109 rate so this is a great way to lower your attendance cost!
Would you be interested in hosting a Supernaugh Scholar? Let us know that too! Making Rendezvous accessible to as many student and aspiring rangers is critically important so let's make a budget friendly event!
Flying into BNA and looking to share a ride to Bowling Green?
If you're looking for a ride to to/from Nashville's Airport to Bowling Green use the following form to coordinate your travel plans.
Public Transit Options
If you're flying in to Nashville, take the Route 18 Bus from the airport from Downtown. This bus runs roughly every 45 minutes and costs $1.70. Once downtown Greyhound operates daily non-transfer service to Bowling Green for $11-$21 depending on the trip at 10:40AM, 2:10PM, and 6:45PM to Bowling Green, and returns to Nashville leaving at 8:20AM, 3:00PM, and 5:40PM. If people need picked up from the bus in Bowling Green, reach out to Chris Reinhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org and he'll work on coordinating that.
This annual even would not be possible without the support of exhibitors and sponsors who provide ANPR with the funding and supplies necessary to craft a successful event. If you have interest in supporting this event as an exhibitor or sponsor we would be honored to have you. Please direct any questions to Chris Reinhardt at email@example.com.
ANPR’s membership is comprised of law enforcement rangers, educators, maintenance workers, interpreters, planners, and administrative professionals who are passionate about preserving and protecting our country’s incredible heritage and awe-inspiring landscapes. They range from field level employees to regional and national NPS directors. The Trade Show is an important part of our programming, as it provides an opportunity for members to learn about new equipment, technology, organizations, and services that can help them succeed in their careers.
ANPR expects to have roughly 120 participants at this conference.
Friday, November 9, 2018
Service Project – Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department
Field Trip 1 - Mammoth Cave National Park
Field Trip 2 - Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park