Grade 7 to 12
* There is no charge for teacher and aids for these programs.
Adventure Caving Program
With a naturalist, students hike to Carolyn's Caverns, a natural cave system in Silurian dolostone. They descend a ladder to enter, and are guided through the cave system, learning the geology and biology, and receiving opportunities to crawl in passages. The more fun they have, the dirtier they get! If the caves are wet, this means mud. In addition, grades 7 and up receive a challenging tour that includes a crawl through Mothers Cave, guaranteeing they will get dirty.
Cave visitors wear long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe footwear (no sandals). A soft knit cap is recommended to protect the head from bumps. Cave visitors also bring their own flashlight.
A Carolyn's/Mothers tour lasts 2 to 2-1/2 hours.
SCI.ESS1.C.4 Certain features on earth can be used to order events that have occurred in a landscape
SCI.ESS2.A.4,5 Rainfall helps to shape the land; ice breaks rocks and moves them around; water moves sediments around
SCI.LS4.A.3 Fossils provide evidence of types of organisms and environments that existed long ago
SCI.ESS2.C.m Water movement causes weathering and erosion, changing landscape features
ELS.C1.C.e Explore outdoors
ELS.EX2.B.e Identify species within an ecosystem
SCI.LS4.C.3 Particular organisms can only survive in particular environments
SCI.LS1.A.4 Animals have structures that allow for survival
SCI.LS1.B.3 Organisms have unique and diverse life cycles
SCI.LS1.D.4 Different sense receptors are specialized for particular kinds of information
Geology and Fossil Hunt
Students will learn about fossil formation, do a fossil scavenger hunt and quiz game, then walk to the quarry to look for fossils.
Fossils must remain in the quarry.
1-1/2 to 2 hours
Stand-Alone Program: $3.50/person.
Program with caving: included in caving cost.
SCI.LS4.C.3 Particular organisms can only survive in particular environments.
SCI.LS4.A.m The fossil record documents the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of many life forms and their environments through Earth’s history.