Collaboration and inspiration, built from our Urban Parks and Programs Affinity Conference. 

It's hard to believe it's been nearly a year since our Urban Matters community of practice meetings were in full swing. The team here at the Collaborative for Innovative Leadership has been busy working behind the scenes to capture all of your ideas, perspectives, and insights to incorporate into the upcoming NPS Urban Agenda. We're also happy to announce that in September, we'll unveil a redesigned Urban Matters website hosted on

The redesigned site will be the home of the Urban Agenda, a living document that incorporated the previous year's Urban Matters meetings. This new site will have the Urban Agenda, new case studies and highlights, a map of urban parks and programs, as well as information for how you can become involved in the next stage of Urban Matters. Thank you for being a part of Urban Matters thus far and we look forward to you joining us on our upcoming website and in the next stage of Urban Matters. 

We'll be keeping you in the loop as we move toward the website launch and roll-out of the Urban Agenda. 


The Skyline: News and Views
  • Lessons from CityLab Keep your eyes on the upcoming CityLab conference September 28-30th in Los Angeles where over 300 leading urban professionals will gather together to engage in "constructive dialogue and create scalable solutions for city leaders to share with their constituencies across the world."See the solutions CityLab is developing here at 
    Posted Jul 18, 2014, 6:51 AM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • Los Angeles leads the way with an urban hiking app If you think "Los Angeles" and "hiking" can't be used in the same sentence, think again. Los Angeles now has the largest interactive urban trail network app in the nation, allowing users to go on a multitude of hikes throughout the city.Want the rest of the story? Read all about it.
    Posted Mar 26, 2014, 10:12 PM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • Stay connected Check out 4 easy ways to stay in the Urban Matters loop. Visit our 'Connect' page to find out how.
    Posted Mar 26, 2014, 3:30 PM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • Conservation in Metropolitan Regions The Conservation in Metropolitan Regions sessions brings together leaders from across the nation who are at the forefront in thinking about important urban issues and who foster regional metropolitan collaborations to expand networks of open space and trails, creating successful green infrastructure projects, and building an urban constituency for environmental and natural resource protection.The 23rd Annual Land Use Conference is March 15th. The sessions will look at a range of urban land use issues including: Framing an Urban Agenda for NatureFront Range Urban Green Space ProtectionCollective Impact: A Model for Collaborative Problem SolvingNew Frontiers in Land ConservationCoalitions to Advance Urban NatureRace and Equity in Urban NatureA National Agenda for Urban Conservation ...
    Posted Mar 5, 2014, 8:29 AM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • Downtowns Matter! Downtowns and the Erie Canalway: See what this National Heritage Corridor is currently working on to foster vibrant downtowns.
    Posted Mar 4, 2014, 6:03 PM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • Inspiring the next generation Beacon Hill Street Stories: Engaging Youth with Walkability and Community Design through Digital Storytelling. An Interview with Sue Abbott, Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Community Planner with the National Park Service
    Posted Feb 11, 2014, 12:28 PM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • Don't miss out! Join the final Innovations webinar. The 3rd Urban Innovations is today, Tuesday, December 10th at 1pm EST.
    Posted Dec 9, 2013, 9:58 PM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • From your laptop to the landscape Here's an excellent website that is helping communities explore their own local treasures, the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area. In less than 1 minute, you can figure out the perfect trip to take along the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania. See if this is something your park or program is able to replicate-it can help a range of audiences become familiar with the natural landscapes around them. Check out this post and the Schuylkill River website.
    Posted Dec 4, 2013, 4:30 PM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • A closer look at Urban Matters Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the Urban Matters communities. 
    Posted Nov 30, 2013, 9:08 AM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • Check out the latest picture of our Urban Matters Communities Find out who's involved, where they are coming from, and more numbers from the Urban Matters communities. 
    Posted Sep 19, 2013, 8:46 AM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • Branding an experience Barbara Goodman, Superintendent at Timucan Ecological and Historic Preserve in Florida, wrote a short piece about her experiences with branding and marketing at the park. Read the full story here
    Posted Sep 19, 2013, 8:42 AM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • "National Parks Try to Appeal to Minorities" Read this article in NYTimes about current issues around diversity in the Park Service. 
    Posted Sep 6, 2013, 10:36 AM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • Leaders in Youth programs The 2nd Youth to Nature webinar featured 3 leaders in youth programs across the Park Service. Head to the 'Introducing Youth to Nature' page to learn more from Brian Joyner on Youth Immersion, Antonio Solorio on Santa Monica's Youth Work Experience Program, and Rita Hennessy and a Trail to Every Classroom
    Posted Sep 4, 2013, 9:12 AM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • Innovator’s Corner: An inside look at the African American National Park event Teresa Baker is a visionary. She is also a woman of action.She put together the African American National Parks Event held this summer. It was a national event where African Americans spent the day in one of their local Nationals Park units.Keep reading here. 
    Posted Aug 30, 2013, 9:58 AM by Elizabeth O'Casey
  • Jumping in Hundreds of individuals working for a variety of organizations and agencies are contributing insights and ideas for how to move forward with a progressive agenda for the national parks in urban areas.The communities of practice centered around topics like Urban Policy, Youth to Nature, Portals to Diversity, and Economic Revitalization had their first meetings in July. We invite you to check out the highlights from each meeting. Want to get involved? More Urban Matters webinars are happening in August and September. Sign up for one of the six Urban Matterscommunities here.
    Posted Aug 14, 2013, 5:56 AM by Elizabeth O'Casey
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