The Park Ranger Institute is a training opportunity for sworn, non-sworn, naturalists, line officers or administrators to gain knowledge and training in subjects affecting today's parks. This training is offered to all agencies. The institute is held annually at the North Carolina Justice Academy facilities in Salemburg and Edneyville, NC. The Park Ranger Institute was founded in 1978.
Next Institute: 

Session I, January 5-10, 2020

Session II, January 19-24 2020
     Edneyville, NC

Executive Director's Message


October 26, 2019

Dear Park Ranger Institute Family,

The agendas are set, the class synopsis will be posted soon. It’s time to register and plan on joining us in January. Only 70 days till the start of Session I. Please look at both agendas very carefully because they will be fundamentally very different. We have added in ten new classes.

We hope by having two sessions it will allow more people from your agency to attend. You can split your personnel between the two sessions and everyone doesn’t have to be away at the same time. With the low cost of the institute you may want to attend both sessions to be able to take advantage of more classes and to meet the core requirement for the Professional Ranger Certificate faster. Please continue to promote the Institute at every chance you have, your word of mouth endorsement is the best advertisement we can have.

You will notice an increase in the registration this coming year. The full registration has gone from $250 to $300 and the commuter/retiree rate has gone from $150 to $175. The reasons for these modest increases are due to rising food costs, and starting with these new sessions we are going to provide transportation to the offsite events.


We will have challenge coins for sale. They will be $8 each or 2 for $10. We will also have institute collector patches; they will be $3 each or 2 for $5.

I want to wish all of you a very Blessed Thanksgiving and CHRISTmas and a Safe and Prosperous New Year.
If I can be of any assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call on me. My phone # is 919-608-4809 and my email is

Lt. John R. Byrd Sr., MS (retired)


1401 Ned Moore Road
Timberlake, NC 27583-8849

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Executive Director