Center for Park Management


Do you engage in partnerships to achieve your mission? Does it work well? Would you like to strike up new and different types of partnerships?

Leveraging National Parks Partnerships in Urban Areas is a toolkit that distills the findings of over 30 interviews conducted with national park staff and partners in six urban, or near-urban, parks that are widely considered to partner well. This Toolkit highlights considerations for parks and partners who are thinking about a partnership, provides checklists and ideas to make sure a partnership is working well, and includes exercises to help you think creatively about engaging new partners.

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Communities and Sandy Hook: Partnering to Build Resilience to Climate Change

When confronting the enormous challenge of climate change, parks and their communities each bring unique and valuable assets to the table. In an effort to promote cross discipline collaboration and incorporate community perspective, NPCA and area partners including the National Park Service hosted a workshop at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway NRA. This report summarizes the process and outcomes from the workshop including seven climate adaptation project concepts.

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Sparking a Conversation – Intern Ambassadors at Gateway

Watch a video of Gateway National Recreational Area’s Your Park! Your Health! Program

Gateway from NPCA on Vimeo.

The Center for Park Management, in partnership with the National Park Service, developed this video to showcase Gateway National Recreational Area’s Your Park! Your Health! program. Each summer a team of program interns from diverse surrounding communities serve as ambassadors for the park - promoting fitness, fun and exploration of the park among their peers, families and neighbors. With this video we hope to spark a conversation about how the National Park Service and its partners, like the American Heart Association – the partner in this program, can continue to create deeper connections with all Americans and ensure broad support for our national parks using creative programs and tools.

Engaging Diverse Audiences through Healthy Parks Healthy People Programs

Learn how parks and partners are engaging diverse audiences and new stakeholders to promote national parks as places for healthy living.

The new Healthy Parks Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide includes:

  • Examples to help you Get Inspired about healthy living in parks and communities
  • Helpful Resources that are adaptable and ready-to-use
  • Profiles of Parks and Partners that are already on the path to integrating health into the park and community offerings

The eGuide highlights efforts to connect people to parks in ways that are meaningful to their everyday life and their communities. Promoting health of people and parks helps us grow the community of national park supporters.

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The Design Thinking Process for Innovation

A Toolkit for Leading Creative Conversations about Park and Program Relevance

The Center for Park Management, in partnership with the global design and innovation firm IDEO, has designed this toolkit to support the National Park Service and its partners—to better connect all Americans to the Park System. As the National Park Service enters its second century, there is no better time to try new ideas, experiment with untested models, and build a learning community that is dedicated to sharing creative and innovative approaches.

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We’re building a movement of leaders who are making our national parks more vital, sustainable and relevant to all Americans.

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What We Do

In partnership with NPS, we design strategies, develop tools and deliver trainings that ignite innovation and spark change.

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We’re a passionate team of management experts and innovators committed to helping NPS employees perform their best.

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We’re advised by a group of influential industry leaders, park managers, philanthropists and outdoor enthusiasts.

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