• 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.

Resources for Local Educators

A ranger reads to a kindergarten class

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Kindergarten Program - In the Classroom

A National Park Service ranger will travel to area schools free of charge and present 30-minute educational programs to kindergarten students.

 
Fossils

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Second Grade Program - In the Classroom

A National Park Service ranger will travel to area schools free of charge and present a 60- to 90- minute educational program about fossils and paleontology to second grade students.

 
An SCA shows children bat specimens.

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Third Grade Program - In the Classroom

A National Park Service ranger will travel to area schools free of charge and present a 60- to 75-minute educational program about bats to third grade students.

 
Photo 4th grade down MC

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Fourth Grade Program - In the Park

A National Park Service ranger will provide a guided, curriculum-based tour through the natural entrance of Carlsbad Cavern.

Did You Know?

Jim White in Carlsbad Cavern.

Jim White is the cowboy credited with being the premier explorer of Carlsbad Cavern. He began to explore the cave as a teenager in 1898, using a handmade wire ladder to decend 60 feet into the cave. For more than a decade, he couldn't convince many locals that there was much to Carlsbad Cavern.