Wind Cave National Park offers educational tours or field trips of the cave throughout the year. These tours last about 1 1/2 hours. We have designed previsit activities for to help you and your students prepare for the trip. The information is helpful in providing background information for you and your students to better understand the unique features of Wind Cave. Reservations for educational cave tours may be made by calling 605-745-1132. Wind Cave is opened all year long (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days).
If you would like to schedule a field trip to the cave we suggest that you contact the park early and be flexible in scheduling as all group reservations are done on a first-come, first-serve basis. To arrange a trip to Wind Cave please call 605-745-1132. Please review all rules and responsibilities and safety messages with your students before arriving at the park.
The park's Environmental Education program "Connections" is offered in late April and early May only. The program allows students and teachers to discover relationships between the mixed-grass prairie, the ponderosa pine forest, the cave, the plants, and the animals that live in these unique habitats, and themselves. Students generally spend most of the school day at the park, with the program lasting 4 to 5 hours. The program includes required pre- and post-visit activities. Reservations for the Connections Program are accepted beginning early March. Reservations may be made by calling 605-745-1132.
The park also offers Water in the Environment, a comprehensive hydrology program that involves students in activities that will provide them with an understanding of the water cycle. These hands-on activities demonstrate how much of the planet is made of water and how scarce fresh water is. This program is also offered in May and students generally spend 4 to 5 hours in the park. Pre- and post-visit activities are provided to the teachers. Reservations for the "Water in the Environment" program are accepted early March. Reservations may be made by calling 605-745-1132.