Cliff Swallow using water from pool
Wind Cave National Park's teacher's guide, Water in the Environment, leads teachers and students on a journey filled with activities that help students learn about the water cycle from the air to watersheds, to ground water and through cave and karst areas. The program will help students develop a broad understanding of the importance of our world's water.
The teacher's guide is broken into sections to help organize planning. The activities of each section build upon each other to develop the entire hydrology program or can stand alone to support a study of that individual unit. The program is available on the park's website "Water in the Environment" or by calling the park at 605-745-4600.
"Connections" is Wind Cave National Park's on-site environmental education program. The program allows students and teachers to visit the park and discover relationships between the mixed-grass prairie, the ponderosa pine forest, the cave, the plants, and the animals that live in these unique habitats, and themselves. The program reinforces classroom studies and can be adjusted to coincide with particular school subjects. There are no fees to participate in this program.
For reservations please contact the park at 605-745-4600.
The material in both the hydrology unit and the environmental education program support many of the South Dakota and National Science Standards.
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