Urban Park Management Certificate

Format: Online

Offered in partnership with The Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, the Urban Park Management Certificate offers a professional non-credit certificate for current urban park professionals focusing on best practices critical to managing urban parks.


The Urban Park Management Certificate is a 12-week, online, non-credit program that provides an opportunity for current urban park professionals to gain critical skills in key urban park management disciplines.

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 professionals in an interactive online environment. The certificate program covers the following topics relevant to the urban park management field:

  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.


The inaugural cohort will convene in spring 2020.

For More Information

For more information about the Urban Park Management Certificate, please contact: Philip Silva at psilva@centralparknyc.org.

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.

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 group, 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.

Application Deadlines

Please check back for details on application deadlines for the Spring 2020 cohort.