Wind Cave National Park’s Adopt-A-Bison program raises the stakes

BHPFA Director Patty Ressler and TNC Western SD Conservation Manager Corissa Busse show off the Charley Harper print “American Bison”

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — Since launching in 2018, Black Hills Parks & Forests Association’s Adopt-A-Bison program has been largely successful — raising close to $35,000 for the conservation of Wind Cave National Park’s bison herd.

The Adopt-A-Bison program raises funds that go toward herd management at Wind Cave National Park. By paying a $35 fee, $20 of that payment goes directly to supporting the bison herd — by donating to the program, donors receive either a plush bison calf or a baseball hat that says: I adopted a Wind Cave bison.

In 2019, the funds raised from the Adopt-A-Bison program provided ten GPS radio collars that will help park biologists’ better understand movement patterns of female bison.

Recently, Black Hills Parks & Forests Association collaborated with The Nature Conservancy and Charley Harper Studios of Cincinnati, Ohio — Inspired by Wind Cave National Park’s bison herd, Charley Harper Studios donated a special addition print “American Bison” to raise funds for the program. The prints cost $150 and come with a certificate of authenticity, proceeds from the print go directly into the Adopt-A-Bison fund.

“This was such an exciting project to work on and is a perfect partnership for BHPFA,” states BHPFA Director Patty Ressler. We are honored to present this rarely seen Charley Harper image to the public for the benefit of this unique bison herd.”

If you are interested in purchasing the print, visit, or call (605) 745-7020.

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