• Our mission is to preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, we have completed more than 100 park projects in 33 states. Furthermore, to foster future park enthusiasts and stewards, we created our Buddy Bison School Program and Kids to Parks Day, our nationwide day of play. This video summarizes our accomplishments thanks to your generous support!​

    Mapping our progress


  • Since 1983, NPT has supported and assisted in acquiring inholdings and in developing public and private partnerships to promote the acquisition and preservation of parks, wildlife refuges, historic landmarks, public lands, and water ways. We have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. To learn more about about our work and how you can get involved, contact Dick Ring, NPT Park Projects Director.

  • Buddy Bison® School Program: Because Kids Need Parks and Parks Need Kids

    The Buddy Bison school program was created in 2009 to engage diverse children from Title I schools with their local, state and national parks to teach environmental education and the numerous benefits of outdoor recreation. If parks are to survive, the face of those parks must change and under-served communities must have access to these local cultural and environmental resources. More than 80% of the students in the Buddy Bison school program qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, predominantly in inner city communities. This program has been used in 60 schools across the country in grades pre-K through 8th in public, public charter and private schools across the country (20 states and Washington D.C.).

    This experiential learning program enhances existing school curricula throughout the year with emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as history, language arts, reading, geography, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Students also learn about the careers of professionals who support our parks-- and the importance of stewarding our public lands. And in addition to bringing kids to parks, we bring parks to kids by arranging schools visits from our many conservation partners.

    To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Billy Schrack, NPT Director of Youth Programs.

Park Projects Director

Dick Ring is NPT's Park Projects Director. In this position, he works with NPT partners, supporters, and park agency representatives to identify and accomplish park protection and mitigation projects across the country.

Dick comes to NPT after a 35 year career with the National Park Service. He has served in numerous positions including; 19 years as park superintendent at Gates of the Arctic National Park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. Dick also served four years in Washington as an Associate Director of NPS. Since his retirement from NPS, Dick has worked with the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy at the University of Miami, served on the Board of the Florida National Parks Association and has done consulting work in management and ecosystem policy. He is also a member of IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management and its World Council on Protected Areas.

Mimi Magyar has been practicing family law for over 20 years. She was frequently appointed by the court to handle highly contested custody cases on behalf of parents and children. It was in this role that Mimi became dedicated to bettering the lives of children. The consensus building, advocacy, relationship management and problem solving skills that Mimi learned in that time translate effectively to the non-profit realm. She has made a conscious decision to leave the practice of law and follow her dream of making her charitable efforts her new profession.

Mimi has extensive experience organizing volunteers and raising funds for various charities in which she has been involved, including: Habitat for Humanity; Susan G. Komen 3 Day; Dress for Success; Choose Respect Team Dating Violence Summit; Story Book Project; Shepherd’s Table, Manna; Special Olympics, and National Park Service. Mimi enjoys networking and is dedicated to the mission of NPT, as she was never exposed to National Parks as a child. With oral and written communications honed in a crucible for 20 years, she will be a natural in the area of development. Mimi has enrolled in the Case Institute Summer Series, an intensive 5 day seminar in July on fundraising in the non-profit setting. Mimi is looking forward to the challenge of assisting NPT to achieve its mission.

Education Director

Billy Schrack is NPT's education director and he brings a range of experience as a former educator in the NYC public school system where he learned about the challenges and rewards of working in underserved communities. Billy is working with our Buddy Bison schools and coordinating National Kids to Parks Day. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a concentration in middle school science from the University of Delaware and a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Long Island, where he studied earth science. He lives in Rockville, MD with his new wife Christina. An avid fisherman, Billy enjoys exploring our nation’s waterways. He also coaches youth lacrosse.

Youth Programs Coordinator

Collin joined the NPT staff as the full-time Youth Programs Coordinator, after a successful stint in our internship program. He graduated from Colorado College in May, 2013 with a bachelor's degree in biology. During college, Collin studied at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory and the University of Massachusetts--Boston, where he researched and completed a senior honors thesis on the denitrification potential of a permeable reactive barrier on Cape Cod, MA. How do you top that (let alone spell it)?

To complement his studies, Collin became a huge enthusiast of the spectacular Colorado outdoors and led several backpacking trips throughout the southwest. Collin ran one of Colorado College's largest volunteer groups, mentoring at-risk middle school boys in Colorado Springs. Collin brings a dynamic array of skills to NPT and looks forward to strengthening the youth programs with Billy Schrack and the rest of the team.

Communications & Development Coordinator

Cynthia joined the NPT team in August, 2014. She will be assists in all aspects of our development work and also supports our communications/marketing strategies as well. Cynthia served through AmeriCorps at the George B. Thomas Learning Academy as an outreach coordinator for two years working particularly with the Latino community -- and then became a full time employee taking on additional responsibilities working closely with their development office. She managed their social media accounts and donor database, coordinated logistical aspects of fundraising events, mail appeals and also helped to coordinate volunteers.
Cynthia discovered that she enjoys development work and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and expertise in this area -- perfect for NPT! Her dedication to working in the non-profit world and with children makes her the perfect fit for this position.