About the Center for Park Management

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We believe that remarkable places need remarkable people running them.

OUR MISSION

At the Center for Park Management (CPM), we’re building a movement of leaders who are making our national parks more vital, sustainable and relevant to all Americans.

OUR APPROACH

With the creation of the Center for Park Management, NPCA created an entirely new model for advancing its park protection goals. CPM’s management work complements NPCA’s advocacy efforts by helping to ensure that park managers, who are the ultimate stewards of the resource and ambassadors to the visitor, have the tools and skills they need to be effective. Through this unique partnership, we’re helping the NPS better protect the vitality and increase the viability of our national parks.

OUR HISTORY

Our unique and innovative partnership with the NPS is the first and only model of its kind. Since CPM’s inception 15 years ago, we have tested several models and approaches to help us best determine how our small team can make the greatest impact. Through this evolution, we have always focused on cultivating sustainable change by ensuring that every project we create can successfully be turned over to the our park service partners to implement.

Our model for driving change:

CPM Strategic Platform
CPM’s strategic priorities fall under NPCA’s focus of mobilizing advocates and better connecting people to parks
CPM’s work helps park managers be more effective, so that they can be better stewards of park resources and ambassadors to visitors
NPS’ Call to Action describes specific goals and measurable actions that chart a new direction for the National Park Service as it enters its second century.
These priorities reflect the ultimate goals of our work.
CPM Approach
CPM introduces outside tools and expertise to our NPS partners to ignite change, innovation and improvement.
CPM also works to enhance the effectiveness of strategic NPS programs that focus on better connecting people with parks.
Using these tools and expertise, we advise Senior NPS leaders to produce deep, systemic change across the Service.
Our work in these strategic NPS programs allow us to directly impact park relevancy, funding and accessibility challenges.

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