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.
Third Grade Program
This educational program will provide an overview of bat biology, anatomy, and ecology. Students will engage in hands-on learning activities and exercises that will be challenging, yet fun and rewarding. The third grade program has been developed to meet New Mexico Academic Standards and the CORE Standards.
Third grade 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. This program is offered throughout the school year, but must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.
Did You Know?
Most of the formations—or speleothems—found inside Carlsbad Cavern today were active and growing during the last ice age when instead of having a desert above the cave, there were pine forests.