May 2, 2020

Cave Exploration with CaveSim and Cave of the Winds

Title: Caves, bats, and rock-eating bacteria: exploring CaveSim (and Cave of the Winds) to learn science

Sat, May  2 Half Day [7:30 am – 12 pm] 0.25 sem hrs* / 3.75 contact hours (*credit only available in 0.5 sem hr increments)

Presenters: CaveSim:   Dave Jackson, CaveSim creator and Jackson Fulcher, CaveSim educator AND Cave of the Winds: Staff

Description: CaveSim:  From physics, to chemistry, to biology, CaveSim programs teach a wide variety of science lessons, all centered around the theme of cave exploration. Come join us to experience our mobile cave system, and see how we teach students to love science by allowing them to feel the joy of exploration.  We’ll show you how we teach bat biology, epidemiology, and statistics using bat games, and how we use our 12′ vertical caving tower to teach forces, friction, pulleys, and other physics concepts. You’ll gain a better understanding of how CaveSim programs can integrate with your curriculum, and you’ll come away with activities that you can do in your own classroom.

Cave of the Winds:  After your early morning experience with CaveSim you will travel to the Cave of the Winds where you will participate in ONE of the following tours:  (You must indicate which tour you will take when you sign up for the hub meeting.)

  • Caving 101 – “Take An Exciting Cave Trek! Explore the wild, undeveloped depths of the Manitou Grand Caverns on a 2 hour guided tour that involves an assortment of crawling, climbing, and walking through wet and muddy passages of various sizes. On this tour, you will crawl/climb/walk for nearly a mile while learning basic spelunking skills as well as the history and geology of the cave.”  ( [Please wear clothing you won’t mind getting dirty and possibly ruined by the mud in the cave. You will also need to bring a flashlight and/or headlamps, a change of clothes, and extra pair of shoes.]


  • Discover Tour! – “Explore the electrically lit portion of the Cave of the Winds on a 60 minute guided walking tour which includes 15 rooms, a 1/2 mile of concrete walkways, and 196 stairs. On this family-friendly tour, you will learn about the history and geology of the cave while being shown some of its most beautiful formations.” ( The cave is always around 54 degrees Fahrenheit, so you may need a light sweater or jacket. Wear comfortable clothing, such as a long sleeve shirt and pants, and good walking shoes.

Tentative Agenda:

  • 7:30 – 7:45 Introductions & Administrivia
  • 7:45 – 9:30 CaveSim Activities 
  • 9:30 – 10:00 Group A (taking Caving 101 Tour) leave CMJHS to arrive at Cave of the Winds in time for the 10 am tour. This tour is quite rigorous.
  • 9:30 – 10:30 Group B (taking Discovery Tour) participate in more CaveSim activities
  • 10:30 – 11:00  Group A (taking Discover Tour) leave CMJHS to arrive at Cave of the Winds in time for the 11 am tour.
  • 12:00 noon All participants are free to depart Cave of the Winds