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Contact: BethAnn Herman, 605-673-8336
During the months of late January, February, and early March, park rangers at Jewel Cave will be traveling to local schools in the Black Hills. The focus of their attention is bringing the Monument into classrooms through a series of educational activities. Programs are only offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays through March 8. Program dates are based on a first come first served system. There is no cost for the programs; however, some materials may need to be supplied by the participating school.
Various hands-on activities for different grade levels are available. As an example, elementary students might create their own wildlife tracks using plaster and rubber molds. Middle school students might investigate the properties of different minerals. High school students can learn about potential careers as a park ranger. Acting Superintendent Nancy Martinz states, “The National Park Service has always taken great pride in educating the public about America’s natural and cultural resources. What better way to expand this programming effort than to take environmental education directly to the students?”
Interested teachers are encouraged to call the visitor center and speak with Ranger BethAnn Herman at (605) 673-8336 or e-mail us. Advanced reservations will be taken through Friday, February 2.
For more information about on-site programs and off-season activities, call the visitor center directly at (605) 673-8300 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For basic cave tour information, visit Jewel Cave online at www.nps.gov/jeca or follow the Monument through social media at www.facebook.com/JewelCaveNPS or www.instagram.com/jewelcavenps.