An official non-profit partner of the

National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service


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How we support our partners

Aid Funding 
  • Student Conservation Interns at all public land partners
  • Honorariums for speakers including Lakota cultural program speakers at Wind Cave National Park
  • Tribal consultation fees for exhibits at Wind Cave National Park
  • Supplies for Wind Cave National Park’s Adventure in Nature homeschool program
  • White Nose Syndrome bulletins at Jewel Cave National Monument to educate public about the effects of the disease on local bat populations
  • Black Hills National Forest Moonwalk program
  • Wildflower seeds for replanting on the Ft. Pierre National Grassland
  • Annual birthday celebration at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Printing of Jr. Ranger books at Scotts Bluff National Monument


Donation & Adoption Programs

Adopt-A-Bison Program

Proceeds from this program directly support Wind Cave National Park’s bison herd. The park has used funds from this program to purchase tracking collars to monitor the herds movement within the park. In-depth analysis helps park researchers make better decisions regarding herd managment.

Total collected by the end of fiscal year 2021- $66,000

Adopt-A-Bat Program

This program supports research and of on the largest bat hibernaculums in the country at Jewel Cave National Monument.

Total collected since the end of fiscal year 2021- $17,000

Explorer’s Fund

By purchasing a copy of The Jewel Cave Adventure, signed by author Jan Conn, $5 is collected to fund equipment purchases for continued cave exploration. 

Total collected since the end of fiscal year 2021-$400

Anniversary Fund 

By purchasing a copy of the 100th Anniversary book Through the Years, $5 is collected to fund special projects at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Total collected since the end of fiscal year 2021- $645 

Outreach and Events
  • Wind Cave National Park Bluebird Box workshops
  • Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting
  • Local author Day with Connie McKinney & Marcus Heerdt
  • Baxter Saves The Day story trail at Jewel Cave National Monument
  • Black Hills National Forest Moonwalks
  • Pactola Picnic Day with the Leave No Trace Traveling Team
  • BHPFA Annual Youth Art Contest
  • Leave No Trace workshop at Wind Cave National Park
  • Black Hills Sheroes Program at Pactola Visitor Center, Black Hills National Forest

South Dakota Volunteer Naturalist Program

BHPFA serves on the executive committee for this program. The program “empowers well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the well being of the natural world and to foster people’s connection with nature, the environment, and natural areas within our local communities and the state of South Dakota.” 

The Parks and Forests Ambassador Program 

Provide educational and visitor services at at select partner locations.