The National Park Service has a strong tradition of education and we are proud to promote parks as classrooms. To assist local educators with their curriculum, we have designed pre-visit lessons which will help students discover what caves are, how speleothems form, what might live in a cave, and what Wind Cave is like.
The park's Connections program introduces specific ecological concepts. Using pre- and post-visit activities teachers can help introduce the concept so the students are prepared for their visit. The webpages below provide pre- and 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?
Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.