• 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 Ecology Curriculum

Our ecology curriculum guide is designed to assist in teaching certain aspects of life sciences, with information applicable anywhere in the country. Specific topics covered include the biosphere, soil, water and fire. 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 [2345k]

Table of Contents and Introduction [253k]

The Biosphere [636k]

Soil [285k]

Water [414k]

Fire [480k]

Conservation [1448k]

Benchmarks, Glossary and Resources [301k]



Adobe Acrobat Format

Complete Curriculum [16737k]

Table of Contents and Introduction [394k]

The Biosphere [709k]

Soil [455k]

Water [522k]

Fire [575k]

Conservation [6067k]

Benchmarks, Glossary and Resources [429k]



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



e-mail us

Did You Know?

The Hall of Giants in Carlsbad Cavern.

The 120 caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park were carved out not by running water and streams like many limestone caves in the world, rather these caves were dissolved by very aggressive sulfuric acid.