For Teachers

A teacher wearing a helmet and headlamp writes in a record book inside a cave passage.
During Project Underground Workshops, teachers learn how to map and survey new cave passages. They also work as a team to record their exploration trip inside the Jewel Cave Historic Entrance.

NPS Photo / Dan Austin

On-Site Field Trip Opportunities for 2024

Jewel Cave offers educational groups private guided tours year-round. However, availability for these tours does vary. We encourage early registration- at least 2 months in advance. Availability will be higher in the fall and winter months.
Academic Fee Waivers are available for those who meet the requirements.

Available dates for May 2024 include:

Friday, May 10th
Wednesday, May 22nd
Thursday, May 23rd
Friday, May 24th
Wednesday, May 29th
Friday, May 31st

For more information, or to learn about field trip opportunities for June contact our Lead Park Ranger at (605) 673-8338 or email-us.

Off-Site and Classroom Visits

Are you a local school group or organization, but can't make it out to Jewel Cave? Let us come to you!
These programs are flexible and personalized to fit your needs and desired topic of discussion. Availability varies, so we encourage early registration. For more information contact our Lead Park Ranger at (605) 673-8338 or email-us.

Virtual Field Trips

Do you want to learn more about Jewel Cave, but are unable to visit in person? Consider taking a "virtual field trip"!
Highly adaptive to your needs, video chat with a ranger to learn more about any topic related to Jewel Cave. Availability varies, so we encourage early registation. For more information contact our Lead Park Ranger at (605) 673-8338 or email-us.

Last updated: March 27, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Building B12

Custer, SD 57730


605 673-8300
The main phone line connects visitors with staff at the visitor center. Throughout the year, the phone line is monitored by staff on a daily basis, excluding holidays and days with limited visitor services. Please be advised that after-hours messages are not taken on the system; visitors are encouraged to call the visitor center during normal operations and speak with a park ranger for assistance.

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