Date Time Session Course Descriptions Max # of Attendees Instructor
May 18th Morning 9:00AM-1:00PM A Verbal Judo
This class will cover verbal tactics for safety, courtesy and professionalism. The best weapon you can carry is not on your belt. Learn what never to say and how to tell it like it is and remain employed Monday morning!
50 Investigator Tyler Schall Larimer County Sheriff's Office
May 18th Morning 9:00AM-1:00PM B Survival Spanish
No Hable Ingles…What do we do when we hear this phrase.  Learning spanish promotes trust in the Hispanic community and will help the conservation officer communicate and assist those in the spanish speaking community that enter our parks. 
50 Boulder County Gretchen Bolivar,  Instructor Juanita Echeverri
May 18th Morning 9:00AM-1:00PM C Field Training of Rangers
This is a abbreviated course of "train the trainer"  teaching rangers how to train seasonal and full time rangers.  
50 Rangers/ Deputies from Front Range Agencies
May 18th Afternoon 2:00PM-6:00PM A Ranger Danger!
This course will cover how to assess threats to visitors and rangers, health, safety habits and mindset preparation, different types of contacts in a wide range of situations and some of the potential risks experienced during contacts.
50 Senior Ranger Cindy Kirby Larimer County, Investigator Tyler Schall Larimer County, Sergeant Kyle Williams Johnstown Police Department
May 18th Afternoon 2:00PM-6:00PM B Introduction to Crisis Intervention
This course is more than just training; it is a mind-set. It introduces sensitivity and understanding regarding mental health crisis and emphasizes accountability and responsibility in recognizing and getting the proper resources for various situations.
50 Sgt. Tim Sullivan Larimer County Sheriff's Office
May 18th Afternoon 2:00AM-6:00PM       C Outdoor Survival
As agencies that manage vast landscapes and respond to remote areas. Prior planning prevents poor performance. The ability to find shelter and food in a native landscape is a skill set that could make a serious difference.  
50 Park Manager Steve Gibson, Larimer County/  Ranger Trevor Knight
May 19th Morning 9:00AM-1:00PM         (ALL DAY SESSION) A CPR/First Aid/AED Certification
Need to certify in CPR, Basic First Aid and AED?  Walk away from this session and be ready to respond to park visitors that need your help.  This is a 8 hour block of instruction, morning and afternoon.            
40 Senior Ranger Cook/ Ranger Wilcox 
May 19th Afternoon 2:00PM-6:00PM B Tour of Rocky Mountain National Park
This will be a unique opportunity to see how the National Park Service Operates.  Tour the iconic property and facilities.  
16  Rocky Mountain National Park 
May 19th Morning 9:00AM-1:00PM C Introduction to Intrepetive Guiding
As rangers working in complex ecosystems, having a basic understanding of how to educate visitors to build stewardship is vital to successful land management. In this course students will be given instruction on the fundamentals of developing an educational program and the importance of correct messaging for the public 
50  Rocky Mountain National Park, Angela Borland Education and Volunteer Specialist, Larimer County  
May 19th Morning 9:00AM-1:00PM  (ALL DAY SESSION) D Low Angle Rescue
Learn how to assist rescue operations on low angle rescue with first hand experience, bring your harness and rescue gear or we can  provide.
30 Park Manager Steve Gibson, Larimer County/  Ranger Trevor Knight
May 19th Afternoon 2:00PM-5:00PM         (ALL DAY SESSION) A CPR/First Aid/AED Certification
Need to certify in CPR, Basic First Aid and AED?  Walk away from this session and be ready to respond to park visitors that need your help.  This is a 8 hour block of instruction, morning and afternoon.            
40 Senior Ranger Cook/ Ranger Wilcox 
May 19th  Afternoon 2:00PM-5:00PM   B Law Enforcement Ranger Scernarios
There is nothing that teaches as well as doing. Join seasoned rangers from mulitple agencies in a session of scenario's geared towards limited commission officers. Focuses will be officer safety, interview skills and sound tactics in approach.  
16 Senior Ranger Brough, Larimer County
May 19th Afternoon 2:00PM-5:00PM     C Technology For Field Use
As technology improves and becomes cheaper. Come learn about utilizing game cameras to prevent vandalism, and implications of other technologies for Ranger use in the field. 
50 Ranger Supervisor Pryce Hadley, Pitkin County Open Space 
May 19th Afternoon 2:00PM-5:00PM   (ALL DAY SESSION)   D Low Angle Rescue
Learn how to assist rescue operations on low angle rescue with first hand experience, bring your harness and rescue gear or we can  provide.
30 Park Manager Steve Gibson, Larimer County/  Ranger Trevor Knight
May 19th Evening 5:30PM-8:00PM D Social Dinner
Stay after the afternoon session at the Ridgeline Hotel,  have a bite to eat and network with other agencies.  
200 Hosted by Larimer County 
May 20th Morning 9:00AM-1:00PM A Intro to Self Defense
Have you ever had to deal with an irate park visitor? You've used your verbal judo skills but it escalates...what do you do next? It might have happened to you or it might not have happened YET, but as rangers we need to know how to deal with these threats when they do happen. This class, based on the principles of Krav Maga, will prepare the ranger to defend themselves and fellow rangers against common types of attacks.
50 Senior Ranger Cindy Kirby, Senior Ranger Zach Cook Larimer County 
May 20th Morning 9:00AM-1:00PM  B Incident Command and Medical Scenarios
This class will prepare the ranger for being the first responder on scene of a Medical Emergency.  How to size up the scene, take control of the area, and provide patient care until Paramedics arrive.  We will also have numerous medical and IC scenarios to prepare the officer for the field.   
16  Ranger Trevor Knight , Larimer County Ranger Supervisors from Boulder, Fort Collins, and Aspen  
May 20th Morning 9:00AM-1:00PM C Hunting/Fishing Contacts
Is there something else going on here? Wildlife outlaws can be some of the most clever violators. Learn how to detect some of the indicators of wildlife crimes, how to contact hunters and fisherman safely, and how to investigate wildlife crimes (necropsy on an illegal kill)
50 Colorado Parks and Wildlife  
May 20th May 20th D Managing Land Searches
What is the first step when you arrive on scene and your believe you have an incident that will require a search for a injured or lost hiker. This session will show you first hand the initial actions to take to have the greatest possibilty of finding the missing party.
30 Boulder County Search and Rescue 
May 20th Afternoon 2:00PM-6:00PM A

Baton and Expandable Baton Certification/ Advanced Self Defense
Baton and expandable baton Certification through the use of Koga Baton techniques. This is a discrete tool that provides big protection, get certified with an expandable baton in this dynamic self defense class. The other half of the class will go over ground and standing escape techniques and other helpful tools.  

50 Senior Ranger Cindy Kirby, Senior Ranger Zach Cook Larimer County 
May 20th Afternoon 2:00PM-6:00PM  B Incident Command and Medical Scenarios: (Afternoon session is a repeat of morning)  
This class will prepare the ranger for being the first responder on scene of a Medical Emergency.  How to size up the scene, take control of the area, and provide patient care until Paramedics arrive.  We will also have numerous medical and IC scenarios to prepare the officer for the field.   
16  Ranger Trevor Knight , Larimer County Ranger Supervisors from Boulder, Fort Collins, and Aspen  
May 20th Afternoon 2:00PM-6:00PM C Law and Order- "How to Avoid the Courtroom"
You have made a good case, now make it stick. Learn the basics surrounding Search and Seizure Law, Courtroom Testimony, and Report Writing . How to ask the right questions the right way when conducting an interview. This class will make sure the right person ends up in jail and that the good guys win because of a professionally presented case.
50 Cliff Riedel, District Attorney for the Eighth Judicial District of Colorado
May 20th Afternoon 2:00PM-6:00PM D Water Survival (pool)
Rangers and staff that manage bodies of water will learn how the addition this dangerous environment needs to be respected. Students will learn the basics of water survival, water rescue, and self-defense. Please plan on wearing clothing that is close to your working uniform so you can feel the adiditonal weight, and train in a realistic manner.  Please bring a PFD.  
24 Park Manager Chris Fleming ,Park Manager  Steve Gibson Larimer County 
May 21st Morning 9:00AM-1:00PM A Basic Defensive Driving- Skills
This course will be a low-speed driving course set up and instructed by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operation Course) instructors. The course will focus on low speed maneuvers through cones and obstacles. This is not a certified EVOC course. Students are encouraged to bring their patrol vehicle to this class, if this is not possible, Larimer County Natural Resources vehicles will be available. There will also be trailer towing and backing skills.
24 Senior Ranger Will Talbott  Larimer County, Larimer County Sheriff's Office driving instructors
May 21st Morning 9:00AM-1:00PM B Ranger Leadership  
This unique class is for the ranger professional.  Learn how to create a culture of trust in your agency, provide vision and define leadership roles by building an ethical culture based on ethical decision making.  Based on the character, competency, and consistency guidelines of STRATA leadership training.  
50 Park Manager Dan Rieves Larimer County 
May 21st Morning 9:00AM-1:00PM         (ALL DAY SESSION) C Orienteering
In today's age of GPS and smart phones, having the ability to navigate and communicate location across landscapes has become easier, but multiple tools can be confusing. In this all day session we will  review the fundamentals of map reading and using a compass, then work to famalirize students with GPS and web based mapping applications that reduce the cost of implementation. 
30 Park Manager Steve Gibson, Ranger Knight from Larimer County
May 21st Afternoon 2:00PM-6:00PM A OC/Pepper Spray Certification
Get certified to carry OC pepper spray AKA "mace" and learn why the “hot sauce” is still a valuable tool. Live exposure takes places after class.
50 Senior Ranger Brough
May 21st Afternoon 2:00PM-6:00PM B Swift Water Rescue
This course introduces students in how to assist and support swiftwater rescue operations. Students will learn to recognize the need for water search and rescue; how to implement an assessment plan; identify the resources necessary to conduct safe and effective water rescue operations; recognize general hazards associated with swiftwater and flood incidents. We will review and practice skills necessary to mitigate these hazards within the general search and rescue area. We will have hands - on rescue scenarios on the Big Thompson River to practice rescue tecniques. 
50 Cy Pollema Loveland Fire and Rescue, Estes Valley Fire Protection District  
May 21st Afternoon 2:00PM-6:00PM           (ALL DAY SESSION) C Orienteering
In today's age of GPS and smart phones, having the ability to navigate and communicate location across landscapes has become easier, but multiple tools can be confusing. In this all day session we will  review the fundamentals of map reading and using a compass, then work to famalirize students with GPS and web based mapping applications that reduce the cost of implementation. 
30 Park Manager Steve Gibson, Ranger Knight from Larimer County
May 21st Afternoon 2:00PM-6:00PM D Alcohol / Drugs
Learn to recognize how drugs and alcohol affect your park users. Drugs and alcohol are common in most of our areas whether it's in the campground or in the vehicle. This class will teach you to recognize the signs of impairment and how to handle subjects that are influenced by them. This is not an SFST certified course. 
50  Senior Ranger Lauren Turpin, Colorado State Parks 
May 22nd Morning 8:30AM-1:00PM A Practical Training Scenarios (morning)
Put your skills to the test in this half day session of life-like scenarios. The class will be divided into smaller groups which will rotate through a series of stations. Each station will have experienced staff actors playing the part of park and open space visitors, injured patients, gang members, drunkards, and other characters rangers might come in contact with. Get your heart pumping and be prepared when you encounter these situations in the real world.
100 Larimer County staff and volunteers/ Facilitated by Park Manager Chris Fleming
May 22nd Afternoon 1:00PM-3:00PM   Graduation and BBQ lunch
(afternoon)
200  

Contact Us

Have any questions or need more information regarding Ranger Excellence School?
Cindy Kirby, (970) 619-4454, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources
Stephen Gibson, (970) 498-5621, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources