The Essentials of Urban Park Management Certificate

The Essentials of Urban Park Management Certificate provides a non-credit credential for professionals in the field and focuses on practices critical to the care and management of urban parks.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2022 Application Opens: January 5, 2022​

Spring 2022 Application Deadline: March 4, 2022​

(Spring 2022 Course Dates: April 11 – July 2, 2022)​

About the Program​

Hosted entirely online, the Program—designed, facilitated, and hosted by the Institute in partnership with the City University of New York School of Professional Studies provides a professional non-credit credential for current urban park managers and focuses on practices critical to the care and management of urban 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 groups, 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.

Curriculum

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 managers in an interactive online environment. The Certificate program 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

Students who complete the program receive a certificate jointly from Central Park Conservancy and the City University of New York School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS). There are 12 units within the Certificate program; all must be successfully completed in order to earn the certificate.

SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM DETAILS

Students will participate in fully online course work for 12 weeks. The self-paced program will require students to commit to three hours of work per week, including the completion of weekly assignments.

FEE

The COVID-19 crisis has caused widespread financial challenges for urban park organizations and agencies around the world. In order to make the certificate program as accessible as possible during these challenging times, the Spring 2022 program fee has been reduced from $479 to $250.

QUESTIONS?

Do you have questions about the certificate that are not answered here? Please contact the Institute for Urban Parks at [email protected].

PROGRAM PARTNER

The Essentials of Urban Park Management Certificate is a partnership between the Conservancy and CUNY SPS. Home to the first fully online degree programs at CUNY, CUNY SPS provides online and on-campus programs that meet the needs of adults who are looking to finish a bachelor’s degree, earn a master’s degree or certificate in a specialized field, advance in the workplace, or change careers. of their choosing.

About the CUNY School of Professional Studies

For over 15 years, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) has been leading online education in New York. Notable for offering the most online bachelor’s and master’s degree options at the City University of New York, and for serving transfer students as the University system’s only undergraduate all-transfer college, CUNY SPS meets the needs of adults who wish to finish a bachelor’s degree, progress from an associate’s degree, earn a master’s degree or certificate in a specialized field, and advance in the workplace or change careers.

The School’s growth has been remarkable, with twenty-four degrees launched since 2006. Enrollment has risen by more than 30% in the last four years to over 4,000 students in the credit-bearing programs. Thousands more are enrolled in non-degree and grant-funded workplace learning programs. In addition, the School has an active alumni network and has established the CUNY SPS Foundation, which offers multiple scholarship opportunities to current students.

CUNY SPS has consistently been named by US News & World Report as one of the country’s top online institutions. This year, the School was ranked in the top 2% in the nation on the publisher’s list of the 2021 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs.

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