Custer, SD – The staff at Jewel Cave National Monument is excited to present a program titled Geology Rocks on Saturday, December 10, at 11 a.m. Jewel Cave is an amazing geological resource with a fascinating history that will be discussed at the visitor center. Additionally, there will be a touch-and-learn table where visitors can have a hands-on experience with various cave samples and fossils.
Chief of Interpretation Bradley Block states, “The Geology Rocks program will focus on the formation of Jewel Cave, as well as highlight some specific cave features. Participants will learn why Jewel Cave is so unique and what types of formations are found in the cave.” Using a mixture of pictures, models, and actual rock and mineral samples, participants will have an up-close opportunity to view some of the cave’s formations.
The Monument’s visitor center is open daily during the winter season from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tours are only offered Friday through Sunday; the Scenic Tour is available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with accessible Discovery Talks at 9:05 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. For the adventurous park enthusiast, Wild Caving Tours are offered on the third Saturday of each month through April 2017; the next Wild Caving Tour is scheduled for Saturday, December 17.
Scenic Tour and Discovery Talk tickets are available on a first come first serve basis. Wild Caving Tour tickets require advanced reservations and can be obtained by calling the visitor center directly at (605) 673-8300.
Jewel Cave is fortunate to have a strong volunteer group this winter. With additional training, our staff hopes to offer daily tours and more programs during the off-season. For more information on tour schedules, visit the Monument online at http://www.nps.gov/jeca.