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Continuing Education

Urban Park Leadership Program

Every spring and fall, the Institute offers the intensive, five-day Urban Park Leadership Program. The program is 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 the City University of New York School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS), this comprehensive program covers a variety of topics, including both park operations and partnership management. Based on proven practices and first-hand knowledge, this training includes sessions on:

  • Public-Private Park Partnerships
  • Management and Operations
  • Fundraising
  • Nonprofit Best Practices for Park Partnerships
  • Long-term Sustainability/Parks as Urban Infrastructure
  • In-Park Practicums
  • Additional topics

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Professional Certificate in Urban Park Management

The Institute and CUNY SPS will offer the first-ever professional certificate series for urban park professionals, beginning in early 2020.

This certificate program will cover several subject areas critical to managing urban parks, providing current and aspiring park professionals with critical skills in key urban park management disciplines. The certificate program will be offered entirely online.

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A joint program of the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks and the City University of New York School of Professional Studies

These fee-based programs will be open to all interested participants. Economic hardship funds will be made available to qualified candidates on a case-by-case basis.