For Kids

Kid in Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave National Park brings out the kid in most people – that curious, wondering side that grown-ups sometimes forget. With kids, it comes naturally.

"Where does that hole go?"

"Eww, what is that thing? ... Can I touch it?"

The park offers several activities for families, and for kids to do by themselves.


Trog Tour (for children 8-12)
No Parents Allowed! Twelve children voyage overland and underground with two rangers for a kids'-eye view of the world's longest known cave.

 
Children in Rainbow Dome
 

Introduction to Caving (for children 10 and up, and parents)
Families can join in the exploration together on Introduction to Caving, and hike, climb, and even crawl through parts of Mammoth Cave that most tours never visit.

Nature Track for Kids
Ranger-led programs draw kids together for fun games with a little something extra – a sense of discovery about the place each of us holds in our environment. (Seasonally, refer to the activity schedules. 45 min.)

 
Junior Ranger badge for Mammoth Cave National Park

Junior Ranger Program
Kids can get a Junior Ranger booklet at the Visitor Center Information Desk, attend ranger-led activities, choose activities in the booklet to earn "bat points," and receive their Junior Ranger badge at the Information Desk. But don't think it's going to be easy... You've got to use your eyes and ears to gather all the information you need to know.

Kids can also check out and become part of the new Junior Ranger World Heritage Program at the following link:

Junior Ranger World Heritage Program

 
Junior Cave Scientist
Junior Cave Scientist Program

Most guided tours teach guests about the history of that particular cave and the surrounding area, as well as its geology, the positive impacts of bats and the importance of cave conservation. There’s a lot more to learn about the scientific research that’s taking place in caves around the world. Universities are partnering with privately owned caves to learn how unique bacteria can play a role in cancer treatment and the development of new antibiotics. Researchers also collect broken formations to track historical weather trends dating back hundreds of thousands of years and take water samples to identify changes in mineral content.

The National Park Service offers a Junior Cave Scientist Program to encourage kids’ learning. A free activity booklet is available for download at:

Junior Cave Scientist Program Book & Details

Last updated: June 27, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 7
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259-0007

Phone:

(270) 758-2180

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