• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • Cave Lighting Project

    We are undergoing a year-long lighting project in the cavern. Please be aware of caution tape along pathways inside the cave and use due care.

Kindergarten Program

A ranger talks to a kindergarten class.
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There are three separate programs available: comparing cave swallows and bats, bat counting, and bat measurement. Students will engage in hands-on learning activities and exercises that will be challenging, yet fun and rewarding. These programs have been developed to meet New Mexico Academic Standards and the CORE Standards.

Kindergarten teachers interested in hosting a ranger program for their class should contact the Carlsbad Caverns National Park Education office at (575) 785-3127 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. These programs are offered throughout the school year, but they must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.

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.