Field trips

Education Programs for Pre-School through 12th Grade

Why bring your classroom to Cave of the Winds?

Explore and experience adventure and education! Our cave tours and activities provide a few hours or a full day for your students from pre-school to twelfth grade.

Watch our bat video

 Whether you have a kindergartner who is learning basic facts about bats and panning for gold, or a high schooler who is interested in getting muddy and crawling through caves, we have something that will get every kid excited about learning.

Grades Pre-K – 1

Intro to Bats and Caves

Introduce your preschoolers and early elementary school-aged kids to an exciting and age appropriate cave curriculum, full of hands-on learning. Watch your kiddos come alive with excitement as they learn about bats and explore the perfect caves for their age group!

Tour Pricing: March–May & September–October
Students $7.00 (tour only)
Chaperone $15.00 (tour only)
Gemstone Panning $3.00 per student

*Please note: Groups of fewer than 15 will pay a flat fee of $113.00 (tour only). One teacher or chaperone free with every 15 paid students (tour only).

Tour Pricing: November–February
Students $5.00 (tour only)
Chaperone $13.00 (tour only)
Gemstone Panning $3.00 per student

*Please note: Groups of fewer than 15 will pay a flat fee of $83.00 (tour only)

Available Add-Ons

Make your field trip to Cave of the Winds Mountain Park more educational and more memorable when you add-on our special activities to keep your students busy and learning!

Gemstone panning

Just like miners used to pan for gold during the gold rush, your students will pan for their very own gemstone collection at our Sluice. Everyone is guaranteed to find some! Each student will receive a souvenir bag to take their collection home in. Gemstone Panning is only available March – October due to colder temperatures.

Free Add-Ons

These FREE add-ons are included upon request or with groups of 100 or more! Please add approximately 20 minutes for each add-on.

Caver’s Crawl

After learning some of the skills that are required for a caving adventure, students will have a hands-on simulated caving experience in the Caver’s Crawl Box Challenge.

Forces of Nature Program

This program will focus on the Waldo Canyon fire, flash floods, lightning and their effects on nature.

Grades 2-4

Intermediate Bats & Caves

Spark your elementary schoolers’ love of learning by teaching them about caves and the animals who live in them. Continue to build their knowledge and love of Colorado caves with an age-appropriate curriculum guaranteed to get them excited about an undiscovered world hiding right under their feet!

Tour Pricing: March–May & September–October
Students $8.00 (tour only)
Chaperone $15.00 (tour only)
Gemstone Panning $3.00 per student

*Please note: Additional Children 0-5 years old: $8.00 (tour only).

Groups of fewer than 15 will pay a flat fee of $127.00 (tour only). One teacher or chaperone free with every 15 paid students (tour only).

Tour Pricing: November–February
Students $6.00 (tour only)
Chaperone $13.00 (tour only)
Gemstone Panning $3.00 per student

*Please note: Additional Children 0-5 years old: $6.00.

Groups of fewer than 15 will pay a flat fee of $97.00 (tour only)

Available Add-Ons

Make your field trip to Cave of the Winds Mountain Park more educational and more memorable when you add-on our special activities to keep your students busy and learning!

Gemstone panning: $3 per person

(Available Weather Permitting): Just like miners used to pan for gold during the gold rush, your students will pan for their very own gemstone collection at our Sluice. Everyone is guaranteed to find some! Each student will receive a souvenir bag to take their collection home in.

Magic Lantern Virtual Reality Theatre: $3 per person

Your students can experience virtual reality where up to 12 people are strapped into a roller coaster type car and given headsets. They will then be sent on one various trips like a roller coaster flying through space, caves, and more. (Everyone must be at least 42″ tall to participate)

Combo! Magic Lantern Virtual Reality Theatre and Gemstone Panning: $5 per person

Combine these two fun activities and save! Available weather permitting.

Free Add-Ons

These FREE add-ons are included upon request or with groups of 100 or more! Please add approximately 20 minutes for each add-on.

Caver’s Crawl

After learning some of the skills that are required for a caving adventure, students will have a hands-on simulated caving experience in the Caver’s Crawl Box Challenge.

Forces of Nature Program

This program will focus on the Waldo Canyon fire, flash floods, lightning and their effects on nature.

Grades 5-8

Geo 101: Underground Adventures

This field trip is designed to challenge middle school students and features an extended cave tour and a geology lab presentation. 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.

Tour Pricing: March–May & September–October
Students $10.00 (tour only)
Chaperone $15.00 (tour only)
Gemstone Panning $3.00 per student

*Please note: Children under 6 years of age may not accompany this group.

Groups of fewer than 15 will pay a flat fee of $155.00 (tour only). One teacher or chaperone free with every 15 paid students (tour only).

Tour Pricing: November–February
Students $8.00 (tour only)
Chaperone $13.00 (tour only)
Gemstone Panning $3.00 per student

*Please note: Children under 6 years of age may not accompany this group.

Groups of fewer than 15 will pay a flat fee of $125.00 (tour only). One teacher or chaperone free with every 15 paid students (tour only).

Available Add-Ons

Make your field trip to Cave of the Winds Mountain Park more educational and more memorable when you add-on our special activities to keep your students busy and learning!

Gemstone panning

(Available Weather Permitting): Just like miners used to pan for gold during the gold rush, your students will pan for their very own gemstone collection at our Sluice. Everyone is guaranteed to find some! Each student will receive a souvenir bag to take their collection home in.

Magic Lantern Virtual reality theatre: $3 per person

Your students can experience virtual reality where up to 12 people are strapped into a roller coaster type car and given headsets. They will then be sent on one various trips like a roller coaster flying through space, caves, and more. (Everyone must be at least 42″ tall to participate)

Combo! Magic Lantern Virtual Reality Theatre and Gemstone Panning: $5 per person

Combine these two fun activities and save! Available Weather Permitting.

Above Ground Activities: $10 per person

For a fantastic team building class activity, your students can test their endurance on the Wind Walker Challenge Course and fly like a bat on the Bat-a-Pult Zip Line. (All participants must be at least 48″ tall, weigh less than 300 lbs, and securely fit the harness to ride.) Available March – October only, weather permitting.

Free Add-Ons

These FREE add-ons are included upon request or with groups of 100 or more! Please add approximately 20 minutes for each add-on.

Caver’s Crawl

After learning some of the skills that are required for a caving adventure, students will have a hands-on simulated caving experience in the Caver’s Crawl Box Challenge.

Forces of Nature Program

This program will focus on the Waldo Canyon fire, flash floods, lightning and their effects on nature.

Grades 9-12

Caving 101: Introduction to Caving

Unfortunately, this program is temporarily unavailable. Please check back with us for further updates.

Take your high school students or youth group on an exciting caving trek!  Students will explore undeveloped sections of the Manitou Grand Caverns, while climbing and crawling through passageways lit only by flashlight. Knowledgeable guides provide groups with 2 hours of good clean, yet muddy fun underground! High-schoolers can expect an exciting adventure that will culminate in a deeper knowledge about the Colorado cavern system. Caving 101: Introduction to Caving is a tour that teaches teens about the wonders beneath their feet, building upon what they have learned in their earlier education in a fun and accessible way.

All participants must bring a headlamp, a change of clothes, and an extra pair of shoes. Crawling is required and the cave is often muddy. The cave is 54 degrees year round.

Tour Pricing: March–May & September–October
Students $25.00 (tour only)
Chaperone $25.00 (tour only)
Gemstone Panning $3.00 per student

*Please note: Groups of fewer than 15 will pay a flat fee of $375.00 (tour only). One teacher or chaperone free with every 15 paid students (tour only).

Participants: must be 9th – 12th graders

Tour Pricing: November–February
Students $20.00 (tour only)
Chaperone $20.00 (tour only)
Gemstone Panning $3.00 per student

*Please note: Groups of fewer than 15 will pay a flat fee of $300.00 (tour only).

Availability: This tour is available daily and can accommodate a maximum of 40 participants

Available Add-Ons

Make your field trip to Cave of the Winds Mountain Park more educational and more memorable when you add-on our special activities to keep your students busy and learning!

Gemstone panning: $3 per person

Just like miners used to pan for gold during the gold rush, your students will pan for their very own gemstone collection at our Sluice. Everyone is guaranteed to find some! Each student will receive a souvenir bag to take their collection home in. Gemstone Panning is only available March – October due to colder temperatures.

Magic Lantern Virtual reality theatre: $3 per person

Your students can experience virtual reality where up to 12 people are strapped into a roller coaster type car and given headsets. They will then be sent on one various trips like a roller coaster flying through space, caves, and more. (Everyone must be at least 42″ tall to participate)

Combo! Magic Lantern Virtual Reality Theatre and Gemstone Panning: $5 per person

Combine these two fun activities and save! Available Weather Permitting.

Above Ground Activities: $10 per person

For a fantastic team building class activity, your students can test their endurance on the Wind Walker Challenge Course and fly like a bat on the Bat-a-Pult Zip Line. (All participants must be at least 48″ tall, weigh less than 300 lbs, and securely fit the harness to ride.) Available March – October only, weather permitting.

attraction add-on

Wind Walker Challenge Course

(Available Weather Permitting): For a fantastic team building class activity, your students can test their endurance on the Wind Walker Challenge Course and fly like a bat on the Bat-a-Pult Zip Line. (All participants must be at least 48″ tall, weigh less than 300 lbs, and securely fit the harness to ride.) 

attraction add-on

Bat-A-Pult Zip Line

(Available Weather Permitting): For a fantastic team building class activity, your students can test their endurance on the Wind Walker Challenge Course and fly like a bat on the Bat-a-Pult Zip Line. (All participants must be at least 48″ tall, weigh less than 300 lbs, and securely fit the harness to ride.) 

Field Trip FAQs

There is a minimum deposit of $10 that will be charged when you make your reservation. Your deposit will be applied toward your grand total. The remaining balance will be due the day of your tour. Sorry, no business, school, or personal checks can be accepted.
Approximately one hour and thirty minutes to three hours for younger children and two to four hours for grades 5 through 12. Please allow approximately 20 minutes per add-on activity.
Weekdays only, September – May (Weekends and June through August available for grades 9-12 and youth groups only).
We can accommodate up to 80 people if you would like to do only a cave tour. However, we encourage you to add on our educational activities with your tour to enhance your students experience at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Please see below for larger groups.
We can accommodate up to 60 people if you would like to do only a cave tour. However, we encourage you to add on our educational activities with your tour to enhance your students experience at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Please see below for larger groups.

We can accommodate up to 45 people in your group for the tour only, however, up to 90 can be accommodated when you add on additional activities.

Yes, depending on the tour you are taking. When you book up to 200 Students you will choose from our list of popular add-ons. Add-ons help keep students learning and help us accommodate larger groups.

Yes, our average group size is 15-20 people per group.
Our add-ons will help your students learn more about caving, history and nature. Some of the add-ons are just for fun and some are free!
The Outdoor Activities are available: March through mid October, weather permitting. We are also able to reserve use of the Bat-A-Pult during the winter months for groups of 15 or more, weather permitting. and with a reservation of 15+ participants.
Please allow an hour for the Wind Walker Ropes Course and about twenty to thirty minutes for the Bat-A-Pult zip line.
All shoes must fit securely. Sandals must have ankle straps and high heel shoes, or any other type of shoe that can easily fall off of your feet will not be allowed. Skirts or dresses not recommended! Also, your pockets should be empty of important items. We have lockers available for rent or many students will bring a bag for their personal items.
You must be at least 48″ tall and weigh less than 300 lbs.

Yes! Check out our Tools for Teachers for student worksheets and other useful field trip information. Also take a look at our Learning Center for more information about cave geology, ecology and history.

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