Attending a ranger-led program in the park is a great way to discover new things and learn more about the Mammoth Cave National Park. The park offers a variety of ranger-led programs such as cave tours and programs on the surface like talks, walks, and junior ranger activities. All surface programs are offered free of charge, however, there is a fee for cave tours. Be sure to check the current program and event schedule for the dates of your visit to the park to see what programs are available.
Current Ranger-led Program Schedule
Walks and Talks
Join a park ranger at the back porch of the visitor center for a 10-minute presentation on a variety of topics inspired by Mammoth Cave. Program topics may include plants, animals, history, scientific research and more.
Sand Cave Almanac
A progressive walking and driving tour telling the saga of Floyd Collins, trapped in Sand Cave in 1925. See the Collins' family home place and end your journey at the Mammoth Cave Baptist Church at the gravesite of Floyd Collins.
Sloans Pond Walk
Explore a pond and wetland ecosystem. This walk takes you around a wooden boardwalk around Sloans Crossing Pond, where the diversity of plants and animals abounds.Rangers will present on a variety of topics.
Nature Tracks for Kids
An activity designed for children to learn and explore more about Mammoth Cave National Park. Join park rangers in a variety of activities that enable children to discover more about the park's plants, animals, cave forming processes, and the delicate balance of the ecosystem.
Echo River Spring Walk
Join a ranger on this accessible surface walk and learn about the karst landscape. See where the Echo River exits the dark passages of Mammoth Cave and enters into the sunlit world above. Discover the close connection between the surface and subsurface and how we relate to world around us.
Spend an evening beneath the stars and join a park ranger to learn about a variety of topics inspired by Mammoth Cave National Park. Program topics are ranger's choice and could include local stories, history, plants, animals, geology, and more!
Junior Ranger Activities
A self-paced junior ranger activity book is available at the visitor center for those wishing to earn their Mammoth Cave junior ranger badge.
Junior Ranger Oath
Meet with a Park Ranger to take your Junior Ranger Oath and receive your Junior Ranger Badge. Be sure to have your Junior Ranger Book with you. Listen for announcements on where to meet.
Cave tours are offered thorough the year and follow a variety of tour routes inside Mammoth Cave and other caves in the park. For more information about cave tours, ticket reservations and tour schedules visit our cave tour page.
Plan your Mammoth Cave experience
Cave Tour & Ranger-led Program Schedule
See our scheduled programs and events
Description of Accessible Cave Tours, Ranger Walks & Talks, and Self-Guided Adventures
Last updated: May 21, 2023