The Center for Park Management supports and strengthens the National Park Service’s efforts to make parks more viable, beautiful and relevant to every American.
At the Center for Park Management (CPM), our goal is to transform the culture and increase the effectiveness of the National Park Service (NPS). Working in partnership with the NPS, we design strategies, develop tools and deliver trainings that ignite innovation, spark engagement and promote management excellence throughout the Service. Through this transformation, we are helping the NPS better protect the vitality and increase the viability of our national parks.
In 1998, NPCA partnered with the NPS to launch the National Parks Business Plan Initiative (BPI). This program paired MBA students from the country’s top business schools with NPS park managers and staff to assess existing management procedures and develop business plans to improve the short and long-term management of financial resources within each park. In 2002, this successful program was spun off and is now operated solely by the Park Service. Building on the knowledge and insight gained through our work with the BPI program, NPCA formally established the Center for Park Management in 2002.