Institute for Urban Parks


The Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks is the educational arm of Central Park Conservancy. The Institute develops programs designed to facilitate discovery of the Park and transfer knowledge of the Conservancy's world-class urban park management and stewardship practices, both locally and globally. The Institute’s programs help visitors explore the Park’s landscapes, history, and design, as well as share our expertise and management techniques with parks in New York City and around the world.

The Institute is home to two centers: the Center for Urban Park Discovery and the Center for Urban Park Management.

The Center for Urban Park Discovery redefines how visitors experience Central Park, facilitating exploration and in-depth educational experiences in the Park. The Center for Urban Park Discovery provides environmental education for the Park’s youngest visitors, resources and training for educators who use parks as outdoor classrooms, and a variety of lectures and tours for adults who wish to learn more about the park.

The Center for Urban Park Management identifies Central Park Conservancy's defining management techniques to share with park professionals in New York City and around the world who want to learn more about our history of success to improve their local parks. The Center for Urban Park Management also facilitates the exchange of best management practices among various parks groups to help strengthen urban parks overall. Learn more about our newest initiative, the Five Borough Crew.

Contact us: institute@centralparknyc.org