Urban Park Leadership Program Content and Schedule

 

online program platforms

Virtual Classroom

Explore new skills and concepts and complete short assignments on your own time, usually during the span of one week. Discussion boards in the Virtual Classroom support dialogue between you, your peers, and instructors with expertise in different aspects of urban park management.

Virtual Conference RoomVirtual Conference Room

Virtual Conference Room sessions invite you to work face-to-face with instructors and peers in the Leadership Program. Everyone logs in to the Video Conference Classroom at the same scheduled time to participate in lectures, demonstrations, dialogue, and learning exercises.

Virtual Meeting RoomVirtual Meeting Room

One-on-one video conference calls invite you to work with coaches and instructors in the program to deepen your learning and strengthen your leadership skills.

 

program schedule*

Platform Date/Time (EST) Content Hours

Virtual Conference Room 

3/31: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Online Orientation

Get a bird's-eye view of the program and learn to use our different virtual learning platforms.

2
Virtual Classroom 4/5 to 4/11

Introducing the Field of Urban Park Management

Discover the expanding and emerging field of urban park management.

3
Virtual Classroom 4/12 to 4/18

Introduction to Public-Private Park Partnerships

Explore ways to create and support partnerships between agencies and organizations.

3
Virtual Classroom 5/10 to 5/16

Introduction to Community Engagement

Explore and apply methods for engaging communities in urban park management.

3
Virtual Conference Room 5/18: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Implicit Bias in Urban Parks [Pt. 1]

Confront implicit bias in the field of urban park management and explore methods for making parks more inclusive, equitable, and diverse.

2
Virtual Conference Room

5/19: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Implicit Bias in Urban Parks [Pt. 2] 2
Virtual Conference Room 5/19: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Human-Centered Design for Urban Parks [Pt. 1]

Discover and apply strategies for creating innovative new programs and projects in urban parks.

2
Virtual Conference Room 5/20: 11:00am - 1:00pm Human-Centered Design for Urban Parks [Pt. 2] 2
Virtual Conference Room 5/20: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Project Management for Urban Parks [Pt. 1]

Develop methods for efficiently and effectively managing new urban park projects from start to finish.

2
Virtual Conference Room 5/21: 11:00am - 1:00pm Project Management for Urban Parks [Pt. 2] 2
Virtual Conference Room 5/21: 2:00 - 5:00pm

Capstone Design Challenge

Brainstorm and kick-start a Capstone Project to develop collaboratively with peers through November.

2
Virtual Classroom 5/24 to 5/30

Using Checklists in Urban Park Management

Create checklists for keeping track of complex tasks in urban parks.

3
Virtual Meeting Room 5/31 to 6/27

Capstone Coaching Sessions

Receive feedback and advice on your Capstone Project plans from Central Park Conservancy advisors. [Scheduled individually]

1
Virtual Conference Room 7/7: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Leadership Strengths Seminar

Discover your personal Leadership Strengths and explore ways to make use of them in your work.

2
Virtual Meeting Room 7/12 to 8/1

Leadership Strengths Coaching Sessions

Receive feedback and advice on putting your Leadership Strengths to work. [Scheduled individually]

1
Virtual Classroom 9/7 to 9/13

Introduction to Working with Volunteers

Discover strategies for effectively managing volunteers in urban parks.

3
Virtual Classroom 9/14 to 9/20

Introduction to Managing Special Events

Explore methods for keeping special events manageable in urban parks.

3
Virtual Conference Room 9/22: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Fundraising for Urban Parks in Uncertain Times

Discover and discuss strategies for fundraising during uncertain economic times.

2
Virtual Conference Room 10/13: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Strategic Storytelling for Urban Park Leadership [Pt. 1]

Explore and apply the methods of strategic storytelling for leadership in urban parks.

2
Virtual Conference Room 10/13: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Behavioral Communications for Urban Parks [Pt. 1]

Discover and apply strategies from behavioral psychology and economics that improve the effectiveness of internal and external communications.

2
Virtual Conference Room 10/14: 11:00am - 1:00pm Strategic Storytelling for Urban Park Leadership [Pt. 2] 2
Virtual Conference Room 10/14: 3:00 - 5:00pm Behavioral Communications for Urban Parks [Pt. 2] 2
Virtual Conference Room 10/15: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Strategic Vision for Urban Parks

Use storytelling strategies to develop a compelling strategic vision for your agency, organization, or park.

2
Virtual Classroom 10/18 to 10/24

Aligning Programs with Strategic Vision

Analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats new programs pose to your organization's vision.

3
Virtual Conference Room 11/18: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Capstone Presentations [Pt. 1]

Share the results of your Capstone Project and offer feedback on presentations from your peers.

2
Virtual Conference Room 11/18: 3:00 - 5:00pm Capstone Presentations [Pt. 2] 2
Virtual Conference Room 11/19: 11:00am - 1:00pm Capstone Presentations [Pt. 3] 2
Virtual Classroom 11/29 - 12/19

Affirming My Leadership Commitments

Take a moment to reflect on what you've learned and take steps to bring it back with you to work in the year ahead.

3

*Dates and times are subject to change.