Supporting interpretive programs, educational activities, and research in an effort to protect and preserve the cultural and natural resources of the Black Hills.
The Black Hills Parks & Forests Association is a non-profit organization that began more than 70 years ago as the Wind Cave Natural History Association. Today, BHPFA has expanded to include the National Park Service, National Forest Service, National Grasslands, and South Dakota State Parks operating park stores in 16 outlet locations throughout the Black Hills including:Wind Cave National ParkJewel Cave National MonumentCuster State Park – Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center Wildlife Station Visitor CenterBlack Hills National Forest – Supervisor's Office – Custer Pactola Visitor Center (open seasonally May-Sept) Mystic Ranger District-Rapid City Hell Canyon Ranger District-Newcastle, WY Northern Hills Ranger District-Spearfish, SD Bearlodge Ranger District-Sundance, WYNebraska National Forest & Grasslands – Wall District Office/Visitor Center Buffalo Gap NG VC-Hot Springs, SD Hudson-Meng Education & Research Center-Crawford, NE Bessey Ranger District Office-Halsey, NE Ft Pierre National Grasslands RDO-Ft. Pierre, SD Pine Ridge Ranger District Office-Chadron, NE
We also supply bookstore materials to the 1881 Custer County Courthouse Museum and Custer Senior Center in Custer, SD.
As a non-profit cooperating association, our mission is "Enhancing OUR public land experience".
Sales outlets provide a variety of interpretive materials and products to visitors wishing to learn more about the rich history and natural scenery of the beautiful Black Hills, western South Dakota, eastern Wyoming, and the Nebraska panhandle. The Association uses the proceeds from its sales to provide financial aid to its partner agencies. The monetary donations are used to print interpretive publications, fund internship positions, purchase educational supplies and equipment, serve as matching funds for grant requests, and provide assistance toward research projects.
As stated in the Articles of Incorporation of the Black Hills Parks and Forests Association:
Articles of Incorporation: "...purposes for which said corporation is formed are:
Outlets: Locations of our retail bookstores
Publications: Our ongoing publication program
Board of Directors: Board members serve terms of three years with a limit of three consecutive terms.
The Association has funded: