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    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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About Bats, Caves, and Deserts

About Bats, Caves, & Deserts is an elementary curriculum guide for teachers that gives basic background information on the aforementioned topics, followed by supplemental activities to enrich each unit. Background information is provided on a variety of park themes. Activities relating to history, geology, bats, animals, plants, fire, and stewardship are included.

About Bats, Caves, & Deserts is available for download in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats. It is also available as complete documents or broken down into chapters.

Microsoft Word Format
Complete Curriculum [1507k]
Table of Contents and Introduction [357k]
Section 1: Field Trip Basics [373k]
Section 2: Just the Facts [548k]
Section 3: History Activities [367k]
Section 4: Geology Activities [444k]
Section 5: Bat Activities [447k]
Section 6: Animal Activities [454k]
Section 7: Plant Activities [373k]
Section 8: Stewardship Activities [380k]
Section 9: Fire Activities [370k]
Section 10: Bus Activities [362k]
Section 11: Miscellaneous Activities [370k]
Section 12: ParKids Productions Video Activities [503k]
Sections 13 through 16: Glossary, Content Standards, References, Evaluation Forms [440k]

Adobe Acrobat Format
Complete Curriculum [1221k]
Table of Contents and Introduction [281k]
Section 1: Field Trip Basics [278k]
Section 2: Just the Facts [426k]
Section 3: History Activities [293k]
Section 4: Geology Activities [349k]
Section 5: Bat Activities [347k]
Section 6: Animal Activities [372k]
Section 7: Plant Activities [294k]
Section 8: Stewardship Activities [306k]
Section 9: Fire Activities [288k]
Section 10: Bus Activities [287k]
Section 11: Miscellaneous Activities [289k]
Section 12: ParKids Productions Video Activities [368k]
Sections 13 through 16: Glossary, Content Standards, References, Evaluation Forms [350k]

Did You Know?

Lake Chandelier in Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Scientists are studying "extremophile" microbes in the highly protected and almost pristine Lechuguilla Cave that are leading scientists towards generating a possible cure for cancer.