PARKS & WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
523 East Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501-3182
Custer State Park is known around the world for its scenic beauty, wildlife, and outdoor recreational assets.Â It draws nearly two million visitors from around the globe each year.
As a premier State Park, Custer State Park is supported by the State of South Dakota and park user fees.Â But Park managers have a vision of an even more meaningful and entertaining Park experience. To achieve this vision, more private support is being solicited.
Historic Preservation:Â Custer State Park has a unique and fascinating history.Â Â Its geology, patterns of Indigenous Peopleâ€™s use and occupation, and recent human history should be the subject of more interpretation.Â Park managers would like to purchase statues of the two Presidents â€“ Coolidge and Eisenhower â€“ and place them near the Game Lodge where the men stayed.Â They would welcome funding to better preserve and interpret historic sites and buildings.Â They would like to better educate interested visitors about the billion plus years of geologic history.Â
Wildlife Preservation:Â South Dakotaâ€™s game management practices are among the most advanced and well researched in the nation.Â More resources could be put to use preventing poaching, protecting habitat, maintaining diversity and balance among the many species that make the Park their home, and educating the public about these irreplaceable resources.