PRAC ~ Park Rangers Association of California

Professionalism Through Unity Since 1976

2018 California Parks Training and Conference

March 4 through March 8, 2018

Yosemite South, at Tenaya Lodge, Fish Camp, CA

Updated 11/28/2017



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2018 Conference Details and Schedule



New February 26, 2018:

Daily Calendar and Schedule

Details and Program


The Park Rangers Association of California’s 2018 California Parks Training and Conference will be at the Tenaya Lodge, just outside the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. The conference will be held March 4 through March 8.  March 4th is the first date the discounted room rate is available. March 5 registration/check-in will open. March 6 and 7 will be the training sessions and special speakers. March 7 will also see our general membership meeting and our awards banquet.  DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM HERE.


On Monday March 5 there will be afternoon class on Unmanned Aircraft Technology in Park Operations by Chris Cruz of West Valley College.


There will also be field trips on Monday, check back after the New Year for further details on the field trips.


Our conference keynote speaker will be Frank Dean, president of the Yosemite Conservancy and former superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.


We will also have many great sessions in our Public Safety, Interpretation, Park Operations/Resource Management Tracks.


In our public safety track sessions will include:

  • Documenting and Report Writing for Use of Force Incidents by POST Certified DT Instructor/MMWD Park Ranger Brett Pedisich
  • The Use of Game Cameras for Park Law Enforcement by MMWD Park Ranger Matt Cerkel
  • F&G inspection/enforcement/statutes by CDFW wardens
  • CDFW Marijuana Eradication Team/Trespass-DTO Grow Officer Safety by CDFW Lt. John Nores
  • Establishing a Peace Officer Park Ranger Program by Carol Belser, CMWD Park Services Manager
  • Wildland Fire Evacuations by Deputy Matt Larson, Marin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Yosemite Search and Search by National Park Ranger John Dill


In our interpretation track sessions will include:

  • Story Telling Workshop by Ane Carla Rovetta
  • From Earth to Art:  Natural Pigments and Paints by Ane Carla Rovetta
  • How to Answer Questions When You Have No Time to Prepare by Ethan Rotman
  • Creating a Native Garden – On a budget and with NO budget! By LARPD Park Ranger Amy Wolitzer
  • A Visitor’s Perspective on Park Rangers- Matt and Karen Smith, authors of Dear Bob and Sue, a story of their travels to all 59 of the national parks in the U.S.


In our park operations/resource management sessions will include:

  • Strategies for Using Social Media for Park Management by MCP Open Space Park Ranger Mike Warner
  • GIS / Mapping for Field Staff by MCP Open Space Park Ranger Mike Warner
  • Best management practices of our parks
  • Coyotes in our Mist by Marin County Parks Chief Ranger Rob Ruiz
  • West Valley College’s Park Management Program by Chris Cruz
  • Law Enforcement Ranger- Generalist Model by Captain Ken Brink, Larimer County, CO DNR


We will also have speakers from Yosemite National Park! Including Scott Gediman, Deputy Superintendent, Public Affairs- who will discuss how to handle high profile events and media events.


If you are interested in presenting at the conference or have ideas for the conference, please contact:

Dawn Soles, Interp Track Chair

Ken Wong, Public Safety Track Chair

Michael Warner, Park Ops/Resource Management Track chair

Matt Cerkel, conference chair




For reservations follow the link or call the 800 numbers. Click Here to Make an Online Reservation


Guests unable to use our online reservation system can make their reservation by calling (800) 635-5807, Option #1 and identify they are with the PRAC 2018 Conference, or using the group code 3199G4 to receive the group rate.


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