The Essentials of Urban Park Management Certificate

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Spring 2022 Deadline: March 4, 2022 (Opens January 5, 2022)

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About the Program

Offered in partnership with the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, The Essentials of Urban Park Management Certificate provides a professional non-credit credential for current urban park managers and focuses on practices critical to the care and management of urban parks.

Admissions Criteria

We encourage applicants with entry- to mid-level positions in public agencies (i.e. parks departments) and nonprofit urban parks groups (i.e. conservancies, friends groups, or other park organizations directly providing support to an urban park) to apply. We recommend that applicants have some experience in the field of urban park management.

Curriculum

Students will explore topics relevant to their current work, gain a deeper understanding of the latest developments and challenges in the field of urban park management, and engage with a network of urban park managers in an interactive online environment. The certificate program covers the following topics:

  1. Introducing the field of urban park management
  2. Valuing partnerships
  3. Engaging communities
  4. Coordinating volunteers
  5. Hosting programs
  6. Managing special events
  7. Assessing environmental sustainability
  8. Working with tools and technology
  9. Managing during capital improvements
  10. Measuring performance in urban park management
  11. Making checklists for tasks in urban parks
  12. Affirming our commitments

Students who complete the program receive a certificate jointly from the Central Park Conservancy and the CUNY School of Professional Studies. There are 12 units within the certificate program; all must be successfully completed in order to earn the certificate.

Schedule and Program Details

The spring 2022 cohort will convene April 11 – July 2, 2022.

Students will participate in fully online course work for 12 weeks. The self-paced program will require students to commit to three hours of work per week, including the completion of weekly assignments.

Fee

COVID-19 has caused widespread financial challenges for urban park organizations and agencies around the world. In order to make the Certificate program as accessible as possible, the Spring 2022 program fee has been reduced from $479 to $250.

About our Program Partner

The Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, founded in 2013, provides professional education, capacity building, peer-to-peer exchange, and thought leadership to strengthen the field of urban park management so that all park professionals have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need to create and support successful and sustainable parks.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2022 Deadline: March 4, 2022 (Opens January 5, 2022)

Student/Alumni Profiles

Henry Coppola

Urban Park Management Certificate

"The program touched on many aspects of the work that I do. It made me rethink our routine practices, and exposed me to new things that I am now more prepared and interested to incorporate into my role [at Montgomery Parks in Maryland]."

Mayu Ferrufino

Urban Park Management Certificate

“I have participated in other programs in the past, and liked the experience, knowledge, and the warmth of the professionals participating in and teaching this certificate.”

Recent News About The Essentials of Urban Park Management Certificate

A park road lined with trees in autumn

Supporting Green Spaces and Partnerships Through the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks

November 06, 2019

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports on the collaborations formed between Central Park Conservancy's Institute for Urban Parks and organizations throughout the country to revitalize and maintain public parks.