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Continuing Education

Urban Park Management Certificate

The Urban Park Management Certificate, offered in partnership with the Institute and the City University of New York School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS), provides a professional non-credit credential for current urban park managers and focuses on practices critical to the care and management of urban parks.

Application Deadline: January 20, 2020


Students 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 covers the following topics:

  • Introducing the Field of Urban Park Management
  • Valuing Partnerships
  • Engaging Communities
  • Coordinating Volunteers
  • Hosting Programs
  • Managing Special Events
  • Assessing Environmental Sustainability
  • Working with Tools and Technology
  • Managing During Capital Improvements
  • Measuring Performance in Urban Park Management
  • Making Checklists for Tasks in Urban Parks
  • Affirming our Commitments
All 12 units within the program must be successfully completed in order to earn the certificate. Students who complete the program receive a certificate jointly from the Central Park Conservancy and CUNY SPS.

Schedule and Program Details

The first Urban Park Management Certificate cohort will begin in February 2020. Students participate in fully online course work for 12 weeks. The self-paced program requires students to commit to 3 hours of work per week, including the completion of weekly assignments.

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 seek applicants who:

  • Have 3-5 years of experience in urban parks
  • Have fewer than 10 total direct and/or indirect reports
  • Are working “in the field” (e.g., horticulture, operations, maintenance, events, public, recreation, etc.)
  • Are interested in developing their current role

For More Information

Please contact: Philip Silva, Manager of Continuing Education and Evaluation, Institute for Urban Parks at: psilva@centralparknyc.org. You can also download the brochure.



Urban Park Leadership Program

The Urban Park Leadership Program (http://www.centralparknyc.org/about/institute/UPELP.html) is a five-day, intensive course geared towards senior staff and aspiring high-level managers in established public-private park partnerships (conservancies, alliances, etc.), "friends of" groups, and agencies working in urban parks and open spaces.

In partnership with CUNY SPS, this comprehensive program supports participants with a rigorous curriculum focused on strategy, communication, and creative problem solving for urban parks and public-private park partnerships