• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

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  • Trail Closure Information

    The Highland Creek Trail is closed. Backcountry Zones 1 and 2 are closed to all off-trail travel and use. The Sanctuary and Centennial Trails remain open to through traffic.

  • Temporary Road Closure Information

    Oct. 18 & 19: NPS 5 and 6 are closed for the entire weekend. Monday, Oct. 20, through Wednesday, Oct. 22, NPS 5 will be closed from Highway 87 to NPS 6. Highway 87 will be closed from Road 342 (Beaver Creek Road) north to the park boundary.

Post Visit Materials

The Connections program introduces specific ecological concepts. Using post-visit activities teachers can reinforce the concept that the students learned while visiting the park. The webpages below provide post-visit activities for your field trip:

First grade Similarities and Differences

Second grade Homes and Habitat

Third grade Adaptation in Nature

Fourth grade Order in Nature

Fifth grade Continuity and Change

Sixth grade Interaction and Interdependence

Seventh/Eighth Limiting Factors

High School Water in the Environment

Did You Know?

A picture of Alvin McDonald in his caving hat.

Alvin McDonald was the first systematic explorer of Wind Cave. He explored the cave from 1890 until his death in 1893. More...