The Search for Life

Participating school groups will discover, identify and learn characteristics of cave dwelling life forms.

Students are separated into small groups for a lantern exploration of a non-toured portion of the caverns.

Here they’ll have the opportunity to find cavefish, cave crayfish and cave salamanders, as well as evidence of bats and other wildlife that have historically used caves as homes.

Content standards: Life Science, Biology and Earth Science

Exploring Your Senses

Life in a cave without the sense of sight. Sounds, scary. Explore, define and refine the other senses (hear, touch, small, taste) that are needed to survive inside a cave. CAVE WORKS leads students to participate in exciting hands-on experiments, life echolocation, to learn what it’s like to live in the cave’s total darkness.

Content standards: Life Science, Biology, Physical Science and History Fantastic Caverns – Education Programs


The 90-minute CAVE WORKS program is available only during January, February and March at 10 a.m. and 12 noon daily. We have learned that small groups produce the best results, so group size is limited to 60 participants.

This superior learning experience is very popular. Time slots fill quickly. Go to for real time, on-line reservations. Remember, additional discounts are available when reserving on-line!

Learning Environment:

The Underground Classroom at Fantastic Caverns is an appropriate example of extending a learning program beyond the walls of the school to the resources of the community.

Visiting students are divided into small groups that allow them to engage in extended investigations and hands-on learning opportunities.


Going beyond the popular Adventure Tour, CAVE WORKS is an interactive educational experience that addresses many of the instructional and curriculum goals being taught in our schools. These include:

  • Life science of the cave’s diverse biosphere
  • Behavior and adaptation of cave fauna
  • Earth structure and geographic process (caves, karst, groundwater, water cycle)
  • The impact of science and human activity on resources and the environment.
  • Application of national science education standards to our instructional process lets us provide a truly helpful learning experience.


Special CAVE WORKS rate of $5.25 per student (grades K-8) will apply though 2003. Teachers and bus drivers always receive complimentary admission. Extra adults visiting with the group will receive our special group rate of $11.50 each.

50¢ Per Student Recycling Discount Available with Online Reservations:

During January, February and March, a special Cave Works recycling discount is available to student groups making their reservations online.

Students participating in Cave Works will receive a 50¢ per student discount ($4.75 per student) by reserving tour space online and presenting an aluminum can for recycling upon arrival at Fantastic Caverns. This discounted rate available only with online reservations. Limit 1 can per student.

CLICK HERE to check availability and reserve your tour space at this special recycling rate.

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