• 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.

Katie first learned to love the outdoors when she was a small child near Atlanta, Georgia, searching her backyard creek for tadpoles and turtles and going on family Boy Scout camping trips with her father and younger brother. Since then Katie has worked in a variety of environmental and outdoor education facilities, where she has practiced the husbandry of reptiles and birds of prey for interpretative programs, led backpacking trips for both students and adults, and guided canoe tours down the Chattahoochee River, all in the pursuit of teaching others a love of the outdoors to fuel a desire to steward our parks for the future.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Georgia Tech and went on to gain a Master’s of Arts in Teaching Biology. Immediately prior to joining the National Park Trust, Katie taught a middle school STEM elective to under-served students for four years in North Carolina.

Programs and Office Administrator

Becca is responsible for supporting all of NPT's lands, youth, and development programs as well as overseeing our office operations.

A 2014 graduate of James Madison University (JMU) where she majored in anthropology with a minor in women and gender studies, Becca recently completed at JMU her graduate certificate in international non-governmental organization management and also a year in the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

During her AmeriCorps VISTA year, Becca worked with three non-profit agencies on capacity building where her efforts resulted in the creation of a comprehensive resource development plan, public engagement/marketing systems, data collection systems for grant writing, and donor tracking/recognition systems. Most recently Becca completed work at the University of Virginia as a Project Coordinator in the Psychology Department.

Kids to Parks™ Day Coordinator

Chris joined the NPT team in January 2016 as our inaugural Kids to Parks™ Day Coordinator. Chris is responsible for managing and coordinating all aspects of KTP Day including the participation of elected officials and the engagement of local, state, and national parks and public lands. He also manages all of NPT's social media platforms and supports the national Buddy Bison School Program.

Prior to joining the NPT team, Chris donated his photography talents as a volunteer, capturing many of the images used in our communications and public education materials including our Annual Report, monthly newsletters, and on our website.

Chris attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has an extensive experience in the outdoor retail industry, and a love of the natural world. He has lived in Florida, North Carolina, and currently resides in Arlington, VA with his wife, Meghan and their daughter.

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 retired after 36 years of federal service, 32 of which were with the NPS.  While with the NPS, he served in numerous positions including; 19 years as park superintendent at, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and Everglades & Dry Tortugas National Parks.  Dick also served for four years in Washington as an Associate Director of NPS.  Since retirement, he 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. Dick currently serves on the Executive Council of the Coalition to Protect Americas National Parks.  He is also a member of the 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.

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