Hidden Worlds: Carlsbad Caverns
All of us have a perception of what constitutes a park, depending largely on our past experiences and where we live. In this lesson, students will explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Today’s Activities

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Engage

Rock climbing skills, a sense of adventure, the love of the wilderness, willingness to explore the unknown. These are traits that would show up on your resume if you were chosen to explore one of the world’s most spectacular cave systems, like Carlsbad Caverns, for the first time. Take a peek at what it takes to explore caves in Underground Adventures.

  • After watching the video clip can you make a list of other skills necessary to be successful in exploring caves? Do you have these skills?

Search online for what a National Park is, and how they came to be. Write down 10 facts about national parks, and explain where you found that information, as well as why you think it is important.

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Explore

Throughout this week, you are getting an opportunity to virtually visit five different National Parks.  Today’s exploration takes us to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.  Fly with thousands of bats, explore incredible formation, and trek by headlamp through a cave.

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Explain

After virtually visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park,  think about the following questions.

  1. What did you notice about this National Park?
  2. What do you wonder about this National Park?
  3. What were some unique features about this park that was different than the other parks you virtually visited? Would you want to visit this park someday? Why or why not.

You can also use this template to explain what you learned and share it with a teacher. 

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Elaborate

By the end of the week, you will have visited 5 different National Parks!  Choose one of these five parks you virtually visited, or choose a different one that interests you.  Create a brochure, google slide presentation or infographic that encourages visitors to come to the park to enjoy the unique features it has to offer. 

  • Use this Park Finder or Find a Park to get started. 
  • Once you pick your National Park, go directly to that National Parks website to find more information. 
  • Information to include:
    • Name and location of the National Park
    • Where to stay when visiting the park.
    • Activities visitors can participate in at the park.
    • Two unique characteristics of the park.
    • History of the park – When did it become a park? Why was it preserved as a park? The human history of the area?
  • Share your creation with a teacher or parent.
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Extend

Learn more about a local cavern by watching this video about Mercer Caverns in Murphys, CA.

Learn more about our local bat species by visiting the Gold Country Bat Project. 

Read this if you are interested in learning more about the History & Culture of Carlsbad Caverns NP.

Learn about the geology of caves by watching How Caves are Formed.

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