A New National Park Service Junior Ranger Program: Junior Cave Scientist

The new Junior Cave Scientist Booklet.

The new Junior Cave Scientist Booklet. Image via NPS

A new Junior Cave Scientist Booklet is now available online and in hardcopy for distribution to staff, partners, and visitors of US National Parks.

The NPS Geological Resources Division has produced a fun and fact-filled booklet with photos, learning activities, cave information, and a look at the key scientific disciplines that study cave resources.

This booklet also discusses karst landscapes and White-Nose Syndrome in bats, a deadly disease that has killed millions of hibernating bats in the eastern United States.

To learn more about this program and to download an electronic version of the booklet, visit the Junior Cave Scientist Program webpage. For classroom or other uses, please contact Dale Pate at 303-969-2635 or by emailing [email protected].

The NPS manages over 4,700 caves, including four of the seven longest caves in the world. Cave scientists study archeology, biology, paleontology, mineralogy, hydrology, geology, and many other fields. Caves also have tremendous aesthetic value, and provide recreational and educational opportunities. From the casual visitor to the most experienced scientist and explorer, parks offer a wide-range of cave experiences that millions of visitors enjoy every year.

[via Dale Pate]

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