Big Spring area will be closed Nov 8 & 9 and Dec 12 - 14
The Big Spring area will be temporarily closed to ensure public safety during the Wounded Warrior managed hunt November 8-9 and the managed archery hunt December 12-14.
More Than Skin Deep, A Teacher's Guide to Caves and Groundwater
This online edition of our teacher's guide to caves is an abridged version of the print edition. Please contact us for a free copy of the print version. We hope you will take advantage of this resource to provide some advance information to your students before visiting Round Spring Caverns.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways also offers a variety of activities for teachers involving subjects other than caves. Please see our Teacher's Page for details. The online version is divided into two sections: Information Pages where you will find background information about caves, and Activities Pages, where you will find fun classroom activities.
- Visiting With Your Class
- About National Parks
- Caves and Karst
- Ozark Springs
- How Caves Form
- How Stalactites Form
- The Biology of Caves
- A Bit About Bats
- Cave Safety
- Glossary of Cave & Karst Terms
- Karst Video (18 minutes - suitable for kids)
- Comparing Bats & Birds
- Make Your Own Cave
- Does It Make Scents? (Bats)
- Turmoil in Town (Critical thinking)
- Seepy Sandwich (Groundwater)
- Making Waves (Bats)
- Clay Cave (Cave Formation)
- Grow Your Own Stalactite
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Did You Know?
Big Spring, at Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri has a daily flow of 286 million gallons of water. This is enough to fill a typical pro football stadium once a day. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...