Public engagement should occur at all levels of the planning process. This course focuses on the importance of and methods for getting input from the general public. It will also help you identify which of those methods would be the best fit for your agency and when to use them in the planning process. At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to create a simplified public engagement plan for one of your park planning efforts.
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.
- Importance of Public Engagement
- Methods of Public Engagement
- Designing your Public Engagement Plan
Be able to:
- Describe the value of public engagement in the planning process
- Recognize methods of engaging the public
- Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of the public engagement methods
- Indicate which public engagement methods are most appropriate for each stage in the planning process
- Summarize the keys to a successful public engagement process
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 Certificate course of study.