• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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Middle School Biology Curriculum

Our biology curriculum guide explores plant and animal life sciences. It focuses on the similarities and differences in plant and animal cell structure, the basic parts and functions of plants, leaves, and flowers, animal classification, and animal adaptations for life in the desert. A unit overview provides general information concerning the specific topic and follow-up activities supplement the lesson. Content standards and benchmarks (specific to New Mexico), a glossary, and additional resources are also provided.



The middle school curriculum guide 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 [2256k]

Table of Contents and Introduction [251k]

Characteristics of Life [565k]

Plant Life [542k]

Animal Life [1563k]

Benchmarks, Glossary and Resources [295k]



Adobe Acrobat Format

Complete Curriculum [6838k]

Table of Contents and Introduction [390k]

Characteristics of Life [555k]

Plant Life [634k]

Animal Life [6356k]

Benchmarks, Glossary and Resources [426k]



For more information on the park’s education programs, write, call, or e-mail the addresses below:



Education Specialist

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

3225 National Parks Highway

Carlsbad, NM 88220



575.785.3127



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Did You Know?

The natural entrance of Carlsbad Cavern.

In 2003, a park employee found a piece of a stone scraper within view of Carlsbad Cavern's entrance that goes back to Ice Age Indian hunters. In 2004, archeologists found fragments of two spear points of the Midland-style Paleo Indian projectile points of some 10,000 years ago.