• Thanks to your support, 2016 was a record-breaking year for Kids to Parks Day! Watch our KTP Day 2016 summary video.​

    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.

Member of Neighborhood House Board of Directors; chair of Neighborhood House Food Shelf; member and chair of Carmen Pampa Fund Board of Directors; membership/involvement also with Perrie Jones Advisory Committee, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Advocacy Committee, Friends of the St. Paul Library Advocacy Committee and Human Resources Committee.  Former member of the boards of The Friends of the St. Paul Library, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, and Merrick Community Services.  Former chair and spokesperson for the Committee to Protect Mesothelioma Victims.

Graduate of the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, elementary education.

1976-1983: taught first and third graders at Jefferson Elementary School, Willmar, MN

1983-2010: professional staff of the Minnesota Education Association (MEA), which merged in 1998 with the Minnesota Federation of Teachers to become Education Minnesota.  Assignments included field representative, political organizer and lobbyist and involved working with and representing educators at the K-12 and higher education levels in locals throughout Minnesota.  Served as liaison/organizer with the Student Program, a program for college and university students preparing to become educators.  Possess extensive training experience and have been a member of numerous National Education Association training teams, both writing and delivering training.  Areas of focus:  organizing, healthy/safe schools, time management, stress management, conflict resolution, member rights and interest based bargaining.

Honors and achievements:  2011 recipient of the Benedictine Award from the College of St. Benedict; co-author with Dr. Harvey Pass and Amy Metula of 100 Questions and Answers About Mesothelioma, second edition.

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