For Use In the Classroom
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.
Learn about the amazing world of caves and explore the sunlit world of the prairie and forests of the park. The park's Environmental Education program which combines both a cave and a prairie experience is offered in late April and early May only. Reservations may be made by calling 605-745-4600. Wind Cave National Park offers educational cave tours throughout the year.
Wind Cave National Park is open all year and teachers can bring students for regularly scheduled cave tours any time. Teachers may request a program that supports a particular classroom objective for their special visit to the cave. Suggested pre-visit lesson plans for learning about caves are available on the park's website. Reservations may be made by calling the park at 605-745-4600.
The different features that decorate a cave are called cave formations or speleothems. The speloeothem Wind Cave is famous for is called boxwork. Popcorn & frostwork may also be seen on cave tours. Explore more of the cave's unique speleothems here.
Bison, pronghorn, and elk were reintroduced to the Wind Cave National Game Preserve in 1913 and 1914. Because of this, we can see many prairie animals such as: elk, bison, pronghorn, turkeys, prairie dogs, and maybe even a black-footed ferret. And, just as important, we can see the habitat that supports them.