Geology Rocks Program at Jewel Cave National Monument December 10, 2016

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Bobbi J Schmidt, a volunteer at Jewel Cave National Monument explains a Jewel Cave rock formation to Custer residents, Beth and Denny Hickok, who attended “The Geology Rocks” program at Jewel Cave National Monument, Saturday morning, December 10, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/ Custer Free Press

December 10, 2016
Jewel Cave National Monument

Custer, SD – “The Geology Rocks” program presented by Bobbi J Schmidt, a volunteer at Jewel Cave National Monument, was focused on the formation of Jewel Cave, as well as highlighting some specific cave features. Participants learned 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 had an up-close opportunity to view and touch 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.

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