Kids & Youth


Visiting Jewel Cave? Join thousands of other kids by becoming a Junior Ranger. Stop by the Visitor Center or watch the Park Film to learn more about Jewel Cave!

If you're working on a report for school, you can probably find the answers to your questions by looking through:

  • Nature & Science to learn about how Jewel Cave was formed and what speleothems are found here
  • History & Culture to learn about how Jewel Cave was first discovered and protected
What else can my family do?

From becoming a Junior Archaeologist to a Night Sky Explorer, from being a Junior Ranger Angler to a Junior Cave Scientist, there are many ways to learn about national parks. These programs are a great way to enhance your experiences at some of the best natural and cultural resource sites in the world. Here at Jewel Cave, we participate in the Junior Cave Scientist program.
For more information about the Junior Cave Scientist program and other youth activities within the National Park Service, please visit the Junior Ranger Program website.

Junior Cave Scientist

Love caves? Want to learn more and earn a special Junior Cave Scientist badge? You can pick up a book from any NPS site with a cave or download the book at home. Bring in or mail your completed book to any NPS site with a cave and turn it in to earn your badge!

Last updated: January 3, 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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