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 Hikes
Let's Go Birding!
Join local volunteer naturalist and birding expert, Steve Kistler, in search of the sights and sounds of a diverse variety of bird species around the visitor center area. In addition to resident birds, you'll have the opportunity to look and listen for spring migrants as they pass through the park. Bring binoculars, if available. Meets on the back porch of the visitor center.
Spring Nature Hike
Join local volunteer naturalist, Steve Kistler, and discover spring wildflowers, ferns, and critters while hiking the trails at Mammoth Cave National Park. Destinations to be determined by the size of the groups and the weather conditions. Meets on the back porch of the visitor center.
Floyd Collins Talk
Discover the story that captivated the nation, of a determined cave explorer and a daring rescue mission. Meets at the Mammoth Cave Baptist Church and Cemetery located along the Flint Ridge Road.
Stephen Bishop Talk
Learn about one of the most famed cave explorers and guides, Stephen Bishop, and the contributions he and other African Americans made to Mammoth Cave. Meets at the Old Guides Cemetery located along the Heritage Trail.
Join a park ranger to learn about the history of transportation to Mammoth Cave. Program topics may vary and could include stories and history about the Mammoth Cave Railroad, stagecoaches, steamboats and more. Meets at the historic steam engine located next to the camp store.
Join a park ranger at Shelter-B behind 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. Meets at Shelter-B behind the visitor center.
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! Meets at the amphitheater between the lodge and camp store.
Junior Ranger Activities
There are no ranger-led junior ranger activities scheduled at this time. A self-paced junior ranger activity book is avalible at the visitor center for those wishing to earn their Mammoth Cave junior ranger badge.
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.
Last updated: April 7, 2021