• 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.

  • Scenic Loop Road Closed

    The 9-mile scenic Loop Road (Desert Drive) is closed due to weather damage. The road will reopen as soon as repairs are done. This scenic road does not affect road access to the visitor center or the cave.

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?

Soda straws in Carlsbad Cavern.

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.