Science and Management of 21st Century Urban Parks

Science and Management of 21st Century Urban Parks

November 13, 2015

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About the Conference

Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT. 

The Hixon Center for Urban Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in partnership with the NYC Urban Field Station and 21st Century Parks is convening this conference to explore the future of urban parks given projections of increasing urbanization. Leading researchers, investors and land managers will explore a range of possibilities to meet needs for future populations including how science can guide better design solutions, and the role of private investment in public lands.

Schedule of Events

8:00am to 8:30am

Coffee & Registration

8:30am to 8:45am


Sir Peter Crane, Dean, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

8:45am to 9:00am

Keynote Address

Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, New York City Parks

9:00am to 10:30am

Panel 1: Parks in Expanding and Contracting Cities

Rebecca Salminen Witt, Director, Greening of Detroit

Lisa Schroeder, Director, Parks and People

Dr. Steward Pickett, Distinguished Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


Dr. Karen Seto, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Geography & Urbanization Science, Yale School of Forestry

10:30am to 10:45am

Coffee Break

10:45am to 12:15pm

Panel 2: How Wild Can or Should Parks Be?

Dr. Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Executive Director, Chicago Wilderness

Dr. Liam Heneghan, DePaul University

Dr. Margaret Carreiro, University of Louisville


Dr. Mark Bradford, Associate Professor of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

12:15pm to 1:15pm


1:15pm to 2:45pm

Panel 3: Sustaining Parks

Sarah Charlop-Powers '09 MEM, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Natural Areas Conservancy

Dr. Mark Wilson, Health Director, City of Birmingham, Alabama

Catherine Nagel, Executive Director, City Parks Alliance


Brad Gentry, Associate Dean for Professional Practice, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

2:45pm to 3:15pm

Closing Keynote

Daniel Jones '06 MF, Chairman & CEO, 21st Century Parks

3:15pm to 3:45pm

Closing Coffee Reception