July 19, 2016
Contact: Riley Hays
Jewel Cave National Monument is excited to offer special programming for Junior Rangers this weekend. On Saturday, July 23 from 10 - 11:30 a.m., join us at the visitor center to learn about nocturnal animals in the area. Participants will be able to make crafts to take home with them.
There are many nocturnal animals at Jewel Cave, including nine species of bats. Junior Rangers will learn about echolocation, White Nose Syndrome, and hibernation. They will also be able to create their own mold of a nocturnal animal track.
During the National Park Service's Centennial year, Jewel Cave National Monument is looking forward to establishing as many connections with young children as possible. In order to better preserve Jewel Cave and other National Park Service sites, fostering an appreciation for our resources in future generations is critical. Our Junior Ranger Day programming will help children understand the importance of protecting our nocturnal species and all wildlife.
Jewel Cave is open daily during the summer season from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with four different cave tour options. For more information, visit the Monument online at nps.gov/jeca. Visitors are also welcome to call the Monument at (605) 673-8300.