Curriculum Materials

More Than Skin Deep, A Teacher's Guide to Caves and Groundwater

Cave formations

Tom Aley

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.




Bat Echolocation

Karst in the Ozarks

Grotto salamander
The blind grotto salamander makes Ozark caves its home. Of all the world's true troglobitic salamanders, this species is the only one that develops into an adult form. All others maintain their larval form, even though they can reproduce.
Gene Gardner, Missouri Dept of Conservation
Karst in the Ozarks Video - A great video, suitable for younger grades as well as adults. Describes very well how a karst system works and why it's important to know about it. About 20 minutes long.

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  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
  • Ozark National Scenic Riverways

    Man, It's Hot!

    Mist rises from the mirror-smooth Current River, Ozark National Park

    The conversation about global warming is heating up and the topic at the coffee table is the weather. The question is, what does 'global warming' mean and we are really seeing climate change? In this lesson the kids will do some investigation to determine for themselves if our climate is changing at all.

    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Climate, Climate Change, Environment, Mathematics, Meteorology, Science and Technology
    climate change, global warming, temperature, chart, lesson plan, trt, measure, graph, math