creating a sustainable future in the southern black hills

Ditch the Disposables Campaign


 The “Ditch the Disposables” Campaign is a local effort to bring awareness, resources and simple solutions to reduce our negative impact on our health and the environment. Some of our actions so far have included encouraging residents and visitors to bring their own reusable bags, water bottles and containers for food and drinks. Whether you’re shopping or going to a potluck or picnic, we encourage you to “Ditch the Disposables” and work towards creating new habits and systems to restore planetary balance for generations to come. 

Learn about us. 

Black Hills Friends Of Pollinators


This is an informal group of citizens living in the Black Hills of SD interested in promoting healthy environments for pollinators to thrive. 

  • We offer educational materials such as online information, handouts and virtual tours of local pollinator friendly habitats.
  • We have crated a beautiful Pollinator Friendly Habitat sign that you can obtain for your own garden to inspire others.
  • We offer a forum to share information about ideas, talks, workshops, resources, inspiration, community events and opportunities to network to support our pollinators.

Join Our Team


It takes a community to get back to a healthy planet. 

We are always seeking members to join us.

  • Volunteer with one of our established programs.
  • Co -create new programs.
  • Help with events.
  • Become a sponsor. 
  • Introduce us to individuals, resources, groups or organizations that could support our endeavors. 
  • Share your ideas with us if you think they could create synergy. 
  • If you are not sure what you could do but you feel compelled to help, contact us and let us discover together. 

Earth Day 2019 Community Quilt

Congratulations to Elaine Wilson!! Winner of the 2019 Earth Day Quilt

BHSL sincerely thanks all individuals and groups that contributed to this project.  Particularly Barbara Sharp for her vision, leadership, execution and support!  Gratitude to Hot Springs Farmers Market Association, Lucy and the Green Wolf, Chautauqua Artisans Market & the Hot Springs Library for hosting the display of the quilt and or selling raffle tickets. Thanks to all the participants that contributed a quilt square and all the community members whom purchased tickets.

Proceeds from the raffle will support our initiatives.


Quilt Blocks were drawn by attendees (ages 5-80 yrs) of the 2019 Earth Day Expo and members of the Boys and Girls Club.

The queen size quilt was constructed by Barbara Sharp from all new, quilt-shop grade fabric. Drawing will take place after October 31st, 2019.


Originally from NYC. Moved to Hot Springs in 1978. BA degree in Philosophy and Psychology. Management position with AT&T; Administrative Assistant to president of Raven Press medical publishing; 28 years with Hot Springs VA, last 15 as Health Technician/Care Coordinator in Domiciliary, working with patients suffering with chronic mental illness, substance abuse and PTSD. Retired 2008.

Always interested in fine craftsmanship, art, art history. As a hand quilter since 1976, my quilts have taken 1st or  2nd place ribbons at Fall River Country Fair, Custer and Rapid City quilt shows. I’ve taught hand quilting and donated quilts and fabric baskets to various 501(c)3 fundraising events in Hot Springs.  

Self taught fabric basket maker. Learned pine needle baskets from local and internet teachers. Love bringing fabric and pine needles to life in new and useful form. Focus is on quality, color and form. Also dabble with knitting, crocheting and my new love, rug hooking.


Ditch the Disposables