This course will provide a broad understanding of the basic steps to park planning as well as the general principles of planning that have evolved over the years. Having a plan does not ensure success, but neglecting to plan often leads to failure. The course will present a simple model of planning that can be modified to meet a variety of community and agency needs. Finally, the course will present the elements of a comprehensive planning approach to allow individual students to customize their planning process to meet local needs and concerns.
Please note: While this course can be taken alone, we recommend that you take it as part of the more comprehensive Park Planning Certificate course of study. If you are taking the course outside of the certificate program, you will be assessed only via the multiple choice quiz. You are welcome to work on the portfolio assignment, but you will not be able to upload your assignment for individual feedback from our expert course instructors.
This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.
Elements of the course:
- Informational text
- Interactive practice activities
- Learn More opportunities
- Supplemental reference materials
- Portfolio assignment (if taking as certificate program)
- Final assessment
After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
- Planning Importance
- Planning Principles
- Project Checklist
Be able to:
- Recognize the importance of planning
- Summarize the fundamentals of planning
- Select appropriate principles to guide your planning process
- Identify the specific steps associated with the development of a plan
- Write a work plan utilizing a project check list
The course will be most beneficial for those new to parks and public lands facility management or for those who wish to advance their career in this field. To complete the portfolio pieces successfully, it is recommended that you have access to a parks or public lands facility. While this course can be taken alone, we recommend that you take it as part of the more comprehensive Park Planning Program course of study.