Who We Are

Black Hills Parks & Forests Association (BHPFA) is the official non-profit partner of Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Black Hills National Forest, Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands and National Grasslands Visitor Center.  We provide vital funding to our public agency partners in support of their education goals.

We are a proud partner of the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, selling a curated selection of books, toys and games that help people of all ages engage with and interpret the natural world.

Thanks to the support of our members and customers, a portion of those sales is provided to our partners allowing them to further their critical missions of sustaining and preserving our natural legacies.  Since 1946, BHPFA has provided over $750,000 to our partners.

More information about our Partners

Mission:

Black Hills Parks and Forests Association (BHPFA) is a nonprofit organization supporting interpretive programs, educational activities and research efforts to protect and preserve the cultural and natural resources of the Black Hills.

Vision:

Black Hills Parks and Forests Association uses proceeds from store sales to fund projects such as printing educational literature, funding intern positions, research, educational supplies or equipment and interpretive displays for our partner agencies.

Our Locations

Hot Springs

Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park
26611 U.S. Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747
605-745-4600

Jewel Cave National Monument

Jewel Cave National Monument
11149 U.S. Highway 16 Building B12                
Custer, SD 57730
Phone: 605-673-8300  

Black Hills National Forest

Black Hills National Forest
Supervisor’s Office & Hell Canyon Ranger District
1019 N 5th St
Custer, SD 57730
605-673-9200

Nebraska National Forest and Oglala National Grassland

Nebraska National Forest & Oglala National Grassland
Forest Supervisor's Office and Pine Ridge Ranger District
125 N Main St
Chadron, NE 69337
308-432-0300

BHNF North Hills Ranger District

Northern Hills Ranger District
Spearfish Office
2014 N. Main St.
Spearfish, SD 57783
605-642-4622

BHNF Mystic Ranger District

Mystic Ranger District
Rapid City Office
8221 S Hwy 16
Rapid City, SD 57702
605-343-1567

BHNF Hell Canyon Ranger District

Hell Canyon Ranger District
Newcastle Office
1225 Washington Blvd.
Newcastle, WY 82701
307-746-2782

BHNF Pactola Visitor Center

Black Hills National Forest
Pactola Visitor Center
Pactola Reservoir
Hwy 385 (15 mi. north of Hill City, SD)
605-343-8755  (open May – September)

BHNF Bearlodge Ranger District

Bearlodge Ranger District
Sundance Office
101 S 21st St
Sundance, WY 82729
307-283-1361

Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center

Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center
1811 Meng Dr
Crawford, NE 69339
308-665-3900
Schedule a private tour contact: Ryan Means 308-432-0392

Nebraska & Samuel R. McKelvie National Forests Bessey Ranger District/Charles E Bessey Tree Nursery

Nebraska & Samuel R. McKelvie National Forests
Bessey Ranger District/Charles E Bessey Tree Nursery
40637 River Loop Rd
Halsey, NE 69142

Buffalo Gap National Grasslands Fall River Ranger District (WEST)

Buffalo Gap National Grasslands
Fall River Ranger District (WEST)
1801 Highway 18 Bypass
Hot Springs, SD 57747
605-745-4107

Buffalo Gap National Grasslands Wall Ranger District (EAST)

Buffalo Gap National Grasslands
Wall Ranger District (EAST)

National Grasslands Visitor Center
710 Main St
Wall, SD 57790
605-279-2126

Fort Pierre National Grassland

Fort Pierre National Grassland
Fort Pierre Ranger District
1020 North Deadwood St
Fort Pierre, SD 57532

Where We Are Found

BHPFA operates 14 retail stores in these locations:

National Park Service

Wind Cave National Park

Jewel Cave National Monument

Black Hills National Forest

Supervisors Office – Custer, SD

National Forest Visitor Center – Pactola Reservoir

Northern Hills Ranger District – Spearfish, SD

Mystic Ranger District – Rapid City, SD

Bearlodge Ranger District – Sundance, WY

Hell Canyon Ranger District – Newcastle, WY

National Grasslands Visitor Center – Wall, SD

Nebraska National Forest

Pine Ridge District Office: NENF & Oglala Nat’l Grassland – Chadron, NE

Bessey District Office: NENF/ Samuel R. McKelvie Nat’l Forest/Bessey Tree Nursery – Halsey, NE

Ft. Pierre Nat’l Grasslands VC – Ft. Pierre, SD

Buffalo Gap Nat’l Grasslands VC – Hot Springs, SD

Hudson-Meng Education & Research Ctr.–Crawford, NE

Since 1946 - Serving Public Lands for Over 70 Years!

History of BHPFA

Black Hills Parks & Forests Association (BHPFA) began in 1946 as the Wind Cave Library Association, an organization dedicated to supporting interpretive, educational and scientific programs and services at Wind Cave National Park. The name was changed in 1952 to the Black Hills Area Association as all National Park Service units in the Black Hills operated under one administrative unit. The name was again changed in 1957 to Black Hills Natural History Association, a more accurate reflection of organization activities at that time. In 1963, the name was changed to Wind Cave Natural History Association following the withdrawal of Mt. Rushmore, Badlands, and Devils Tower. Wind Cave NP and Jewel Cave NM joined forces in 1984 to become Wind Cave/Jewel Cave Natural History Association. The current name was established in 1988 with the addition of Custer State Park and Black Hills National Forest. Buffalo Gap National Grasslands Fall River Ranger District in Hot Springs signed on in 2002 and the National Grasslands Visitor Center in Wall joined in 2008. In 2015, the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands became the newest partner, adding 5 more locations in Nebraska and South Dakota. Currently, BHPFA operates sales outlets in 14 locations among our 4 partners.

Cooperating Associations assist in the production of site-specific products, distribute educational and scientific publications produced by partner agencies, donate materials for use in interpretive programs and exhibits, and work to secure grants and funding. This is accomplished through park store sales, membership support, publication and product development, research funding, and other educational programs and activities. A portion of revenue raised through these means is given back to partner agencies to support educational and interpretive programs, this allocation is typically called Agency Aid. Cooperating associations must hold a federally tax-exempt, not-for-profit status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

How We Work With our Partners

Funding – A portion of store sales goes to our partners to fund their education & interpretive missions. This funding includes printing of park newspapers and Jr. Ranger books, exhibit design and installation, supplies to enhance educational programs, speakers and hand’s on programs or activities, just to name a few.

Members – BHPFA members are a vital link to keeping the outdoors accessible to everyone. Become a member today!  

Donations – Donations can be used for any partner needs not covered by baseline funding. You can donate to our partners in several ways –

  • Donate Now – click here to leave a donation for BHPFA or specify a partner.
  • Make a Gift – Donate a specific amount for a designated partner or program.
  • Leave extra change or bills in donation boxes or round up your cash or credit card purchase at our retail locations.

Adoption programs

Adopt a Bison at Wind Cave National Park and $20 of the adoption fee goes directly to bison herd management.

Membership

Help assist our mission to Support Wonder & Exploration by becoming a member. Find out more about Member Benefits now.