Urban Park Leadership Program

The Urban Park Leadership Program brings together senior-level urban park professionals for a nine-month experience of learning, network building, and creative problem-solving.

Application Deadlines

2022 Deadline: Pending​
​The application deadline date for the 2022 cohort will be released in Spring 2022.​


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—comprises web-based professional development experiences covering a range of topics relevant to urban park leadership and management.

Participants engage in a series of self-paced online modules and live workshops and seminars while in the program.

Admissions Criteria

We seek executive and senior-level leadership of:

  • Park non-profit organizations in urban areas (conservancies, trusts, alliances, corporations, friends of groups)
  • Parks and recreation agencies in urban areas
  • Affiliated public space partners of urban parks (business/park improvement districts, cultural institutions)

Program Fee

The Program fee for future sessions of the Leadership Program will be announced with application deadlines. The Program fee includes participation in the online learning management system, online workshops, seminars and forums, and all online Program materials.

Program Partner

The Urban Park Leadership Program is a partnership between the Conservancy and the CUNY School of Professional Studies (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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