Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Black Hills Parks and Forests Association

Supporting Wonder and Exploration


Hot Springs, SD


We are the non-profit cooperating arm of the National Park Service, Black Hills National Forest, Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands, and National Grasslands Visitor Center. We operate sales outlets in 14 locations throughout South Dakota, Wyoming, and the Nebraska Panhandle. Purchases from this site support interpretive programming for these agencies. Thank you for supporting public lands with your purchase!

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Executive Director

Patty M. Ressler

Main Address

26611 US-385

Hot Springs, SD 57747 USA







Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (N12)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Black Hills Parks & Forests Association (BHPFA) exists to assist our five public land partners in bridging funding gaps left behind by federal funding shortfalls and cumbersome procurement regulations. Designated funding (called Aid) is allocated to our partners for educational, interpretive and resource uses. BHPFA also manages a donation program for each of our partners that raises additional funds to be used at the partner's discretion.

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Adopt-a-Bison Program

Aid to partners


Where we work

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BHPFA manages retail stores at our partner locations and a portion of the retail sales proceeds is given to the partners as Aid funding. This funding is to be used for educational, interpretive and resource programs and projects. BHPFA sets sales goals for each partner location through the budgeting process. Aid distribution is based on whether that sales goal has been met and if there is revenue left after expenses in the budgeting process. BHPFA attempts to distribute at least the same dollar amount of Aid each year.

Every purchase made at our partner stores has a purpose. In order to provide a maximum amount of Aid to our partners, BHPFA strives to provide a curated selection of educational products that help people of all ages engage with, and interpret the natural world. Staff work tirelessly to ensure the sales areas are well organized with the buying public in mind. BHPFA recently went through a re-branding and has implemented new signage at each store that informs our customers about who we are and why their purchase is so important to our partner agencies.
BHPFA is also a member organization. Memberships are an additional revenue stream and a valuable resource for volunteer opportunities. BHPFA staff are trained to sell memberships.

BHPFA's mission is to provide this valuable service to our public land partners. BHPFA has a dedicated team working to ensure we can generate the greatest amount of revenue from our retail stores. We also are constantly looking for additional revenue sources that can supplement our expenses, thereby allowing a larger percentage of retail sales funds to go back to our partners in Aid.

BHPFA is working towards an "operations based budget" where our retail store income & expenses are separate from all other operations income and expenses. When this is accomplished, Aid would be based solely on net retail store income, potentially increasing the amount of aid dispersed.

Achieving an operations based budget will take time and will require increasing revenue streams not attributed to retail sales locations (web sales, membership sales, wholesale vendors, etc.). Potential new revenue streams will be carefully evaluated for development potential and return on investment. Maintaining or Increasing retail store sales year over year is the best indicator that we are making progress in being able to maintain or increase aid allocations.

The total fiscal year budget for BHPFA has increased by 56% in the last 5 years. As a result, Aid to Partners has increased 66% in that same time period. These increases are the result of strategic planning, continually assessing our products and their relevance, investing in staff and equipment to boost our web and social media presence, developing new revenue streams, enhancing existing revenue streams and forging new partnerships.

BHPFA staff and board of directors will continue to use this strategy as we look to the future. With a new brand and a very relevant message for the public, BHPFA is poised to continue seeing growth while providing needed educational and interpretive funding to our partners.

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Black Hills Parks and Forests Association

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