Home School Groups

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park will customize several different tours to best fit the diverse needs of your home school group. Our tours provide a wild mixture of education and adventure, promising unforgettable moments that will have your kiddos wanting to return soon!

Tours are available year-round with varying prices and options.

Program Length

Tour time lengths are approximate and fluctuates according to the tour requested.

Minimum Group Size

Groups must be 15 or more. Groups of less than 15 may pay a flat fee to participate in this program.

Maximum Group Size

Please call 685-5444 Ext 5056 for group size limits. The maximum and minimum group size will vary depending on which tour you choose.


Home School Options

Learn about caves and cave systems, bats and their habitats, how fire affects our environment, what cavers do to explore caves, different kinds of rocks, and more. We have a variety of educational tours for specific ages which include a bat presentation workshop and/or a geology lab held in our underground lab, and an age-appropriate cave tour. You can also include one or more add-ons and add Gemstone Panning, the Time Freak Challenge, and/or the Outdoor Attractions.

Because our add-ons are designed for specific ages, it is a good idea to visit Cave of the Winds Mountain Park with children who are the same age for the age specific tours. However, if that is not possible, we can still accommodate mixed age groups with a basic tour that will fit your group’s needs. The choice is up to you! Any option that you choose in this program is designed to help Home School Groups study caves and cave life.

All Ages

Discovery Tour

Available March – May & August – October

Program Length: Approximately 1 Hour (tour only), please allow up to 2 – 2.5 hours if all add-ons are chosen.

  • One teacher or chaperone free with every 15 paid students.
  • Groups of less than 15 may pay a flat fee of $112 to participate (tour only).
  • Participants can be all ages. Add-ons are also available.

Our Discovery Tour is available year-round and goes into the parts of the cave lit with electric lighting. On this tour your guide will tell you about the discovery of the cave, the history of the cave, and about the formations in the cave. Depending on the season, this tour can be upgraded to include Gemstone Panning, the Time Freak Challenge, and the Outdoor Activities.


Pre-K – 1st Grade

Introduction to Bats & Caves

Available: Weekdays Only, March – May & September – October

Program Length: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes (tour only), please allow up to 2 – 2.5 hours if all add-ons are chosen.

  • One teacher or chaperone free with every 15 paid students.
  • All small children Birth – 5 Years are also $6 and must be counted with the group.
  • Groups of less than 15 may pay a flat fee of $98 to participate in this program (tour only).

In this introductory program, young children will explore underground ecosystem! This exciting program includes a bat presentation workshop, geology lab held in our underground lab, and an age-appropriate tour of the cave. You can also add-on our Gemstone Panning and Time Freak Challenge for even more fun and learning.


Grades 2 – 4

Intermediate Bats & Caves

Available Weekdays Only, September – May

Program Length: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes (tour only), please allow up to 2 – 2.5 hours if all add-ons are chosen.

  • One teacher or chaperone free with every 15 paid students.
  • All small children birth – 5 Years are also $7 and must be counted with the group.
  • Groups of less than 15 may pay a flat fee of $112 to participate in this program (tour only).

Intermediate Bats & Caves is designed to help early learners understand caves and cave systems and includes a “Bats and Cave Creatures” presentation workshop, a geology lab held in our underground lab, and an age-appropriate cave tour. You can also add-on our Gemstone Panning and Time Freak Challenge for even more fun and learning.


Grades 5 – 8

Geo 101: Underground Adventure

Available Weekdays Only, September – May

Program Length: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes (tour only), please allow up to 2.5 – 3 hours if all add-ons are chosen.

  • One teacher or chaperone free with every 15 paid students. All siblings and Children under 6 years are not permitted
  • Children 6 years and up are $9 each (tour only) and must be counted in your group.
  • Groups of less than 15 may pay a flat fee of $140 to participate in this program (tour only).

Specially designed to challenge middle school students, this field experience features an extended cave tour and a geology lab. Students will learn about Colorado geology in our cave classroom before investigating cave formations during a tour of Cave of the Winds. Students will need to bring a flashlight for the highlight of the program in the Manitou Grand Caverns, the location of some of the most active passages of the cave. Expect clothing to get slightly dirty. Depending on the season, this tour can be upgraded to include Gemstone Panning, the Time Freak Challenge, and the Outdoor Attractions. Restrictions for the Outdoor Attractions: Participant must be at least 48” tall and not weigh more than 300 lbs.


Grades 6 – 12

Lantern Tour

Available September – May

Program Length: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes (tour only), please allow up to 3 – 3.5 hours if all add-ons are chosen.

  • Groups of 15 people or more are required for a group reservations. Groups of less than 15 may pay for a total of 15 people to book a reservation.
  • Participants must be at least 6 years old. Add-ons are also available.
  • In June, July, and August: Must call for reservation (Call 685-5444, Ext: 5056).

The Lantern Tour (with only a lantern to light the way) is an adventure in to the deeper parts of the cave that are not lit with electric lighting. Learn about the folklore of the cave, cave history, and hear some mysterious stories about the cave’s past. Depending on the season, this tour can be upgraded to include Gemstone Panning, the Time Freak Challenge, and the Outdoor Activities.

 


Grades 9 – 12

Caving 101: Introduction to Caving

Available Most Weekdays, September – May

Program Length: Approximately 2 hours (tour only), please allow up to 3 – 3.5 hours if all add-ons are chosen.

  • Available for participants 9th Grade & older
  • Groups of less than 15 may pay a flat fee of $300 to participate (tour only).
  • In June, July, and August: Must call for reservation (Call 685-5444, Ext: 5056). This tour is available at $20 per person (tour only) with 15 participants per tour or the minimum payment of $300 for less than 15 people.

Times available: (Daily) 8:00 am with a Max of 30 Participants or after 7:00 pm with a Max of 45 Participants.

Between November-February: Please call us to book your tour. This program is discounted to $18 per each person on the tour only or a flat fee of $270 for groups of less than 15 (tour only).

Take your high school students or youth groups on an exciting caving trek through the underground! Students will explore undeveloped sections of the Manitou Grand Caverns, while climbing and crawling through passageways by flashlight. Knowledgeable guides provide groups with 2 hours of good clean, yet muddy fun underground! All participants must bring a flashlight and a change of clothes – crawling is required and the cave is often muddy. The cave is 54 degrees year round with possible humid areas. Depending on the season, this tour can be upgraded to include the Gemstone Panning, the Time Freak Challenge, and the Outdoor Activities.


Available Add-Ons

Customize your tour and include any of the following Add-Ons.

Educational activity highlights with upgrades

  • Gemstone Panning (Available March – October Only): Your students can pan for their very own gemstone collection on our Sluice just like the miner used to during the gold rush. Everyone is guaranteed to find some gemstones and we will even give them a souvenir bag to take their collection home in. This add-on will also include Time Freak Challenge.
  • Time Freak Challenge (Available all year): Your students can test of their speed, agility, and team spirit. Two teams of 2-4 will pair off to see how many pop-on lights each team can tap-out. Highest score wins! This add-on will also include Gemstone Panning March-October.

For more adventure outside, add our two Outdoor Activities:

  • Wind Walker Challenge course: For more physical challenges, dare to climb onto our Wind Walker Challenge Course and test your balance and skills with looped ropes, tight ropes, and suspended steps and more all at levels of 15, 30, and 600 feet above Williams Canyon.
  • Bat-a-Pult zip-line: On the Bat-a-Pult zip-line, students will experience flight and survey the terrain from a bats-eye view as they soar down into Williams Canyon before boomeranging back to the start.

Participants must be at least 48″ tall and under 300 lbs. to safely enjoy our Outdoor Activities. 


Additional Free Add-Ons

Preschool – 8th Grade

Additional free add-ons will be included by request or with groups of a 100 or more:

  • Caver’s Crawl: Kids will learn about what it takes to go caving and the skills it requires. Then they will have an incredible hands-on simulated caving experience in the Caver’s Crawl Challenge.
  • Forces of Nature: In this program the students will learn about wild fires (with focus on the Waldo Canyon Fire), flash floods, and lightning and their effects on nature.

 

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