Bringing your students to Crystal Cave is easy and provides a unique educational experience that will last a lifetime. Our school coordinators will work closely with you, both before and during your visit, to make sure that your field trip is a success.
Over a million and a half years ago, Mother Nature began the slow process of forming one of the most unique classrooms deep the Earth - Crystal Cave. See the excitement as your students learn about caves and the importance of the underground environment to our everyday lives.
Cave Tour Program
Your group begins with a short video presentation which introduces your students to geology including the rocks, cave and speleothem development. The video also covers the biology of bats and the important role bats and caves play in the environment. Although the video is enjoyable for all ages, it is designed for elementary and middle school groups. It is an optional activity for high school and college groups
We then embark on a tour underground through the winding passages of an actual cave. Tours are lead by a certified cave guide who will explain how caves are formed, how they are explored and the relationship between caves and our drinking water. Students will see real cave formations including stalactites and stalagmites. The program covers the origin of the bedrock surrounding Crystal Cave. And what visit would be complete without learning about our special friends, the bats. Students will come away with a new appreciation for Wisconsin's only flying mammal, one that can eat up to 600 bugs an hour! Finally the tour guide will show students Crystal Cave's rare collection of fluorescent and phosphorescent rocks (glows under black light), including the cave walls themselves! Cave tours last one hour for each group of 20 individuals*
- Experience an actual cave environment
- See “live” speleothems
- Learn about the importance of bats
*Note: Max 20 people (teachers and students) per Cave tour. Tours may enter the cave every 10 minutes. If you have questions regarding the timing, please call us for more information.
With the temperature at comfortable 48 degrees, students will understand why prehistoric man used caves for shelter during times of cold weather and to cool off during hot weather. Our cave is also dry no matter what the weather is doing up on the surface. Crystal Cave is a natural geological wonder, as such, stairs that must be traversed during the tour and the tour path is gravel. Contact us, in advance, for accommodation information.
Gem Panning at Prospector's Creek
Each student can pan for their own collection of gems and minerals at Prospector Creek! A Crystal Cave staff member teaches your students to prospect at our water sluice and tells them about the gems they discover. This led activity takes about 10-15 minutes and is fun and educational for all ages! Each prospector receives one bag of ore mix to pan and one identification card to take home with their gems. We will gladly hold your group's gems until your departure home, so there is no need to carry them through the cave or during other activities on site.
Educational Gift Shop
The majority of schools plan time for students to shop in our gift shop. Our gift shop includes a wide selection of rocks and fossils from around the world. For students we have unique educational items within the budget of students of all ages. For teachers we offer clothing, jewelry and museum-grade rock and fossil specimens
Sinkhole Nature Trail (30 minutes)
Hike the wooded Nature Trail and see sinkholes, learn about local trees and enjoy the quiet of the woods. The trail is self guided and use of the Nature Trail is included free with all programs.
Picnic Grounds & Covered Shelter
Our shaded picnic grounds and covered shelter are available for your use. They are a great place for students to eat box lunches. Use of the outdoor shelter is no charge, but must be reserved in advance.
School Group Packages / Rates
For Reservations or for more information, contact Crystal Cave