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)
Introduction to Caving (for children 10 and up, and parents)
Nature Track for Kids
Junior Ranger Program
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: January 12, 2021