Field Trips, Field Conferences, and Workshops

MESTA occasionally sponsors field trips (including tours and/or collecting opportunities), summer field conferences (providing professional development opportunities), and workshops (including lesson plans and materials) throughout the year.

2019 Kentucky Cave Geology Trip

Save the dates for the 2019 field trip to Kentucky to study caves: Aug. 10 - Aug. 13.


Here is a tentative itinerary for this trip.

Saturday, August 10:
4:45 PM CT - Check into the Cave Research Foundation (CRF) facility (bring sleeping bags and towels) possibly followed by a hike of the area.
6:00 PM - Fix our own dinner at the CRF
7:00 PM - Evening activity at the CRF and astronomy viewing if clear.

Sunday, August 11:
7:00 AM - Breakfast at CRF
8:00 AM - Mammoth Cave National Park - Visitors Center orientation
10:00 AM - Cave tour at Mammoth Cave National Park. Lunch on your own.
1:30 PM - American Cave Conservation Museum (Horse Cave, Kentucky) program on the history of this site.
2:30 PM - Visit Horse Cave. This will be a wet cave experience.
5:30 PM - Dinner at Turtlelini's Restaurant in Horse Cave.
7:30 PM - Speakers: Research scientist(s) working in the cave.

Monday, August 12:
7:30 AM - Breakfast at CRF
8:30 AM - Organized activities for teachers (teaching about caves) and families/children.
12:00 PM - Lunch on your own.
1:00 PM - Mammoth Cave National Park. Four hour staff special educational program (all about caves).
6:00 PM - Dinner (TBD)
7:30 PM - Discussion of class trip ideas or National Park evening program.

Tuesday, August 13:
7:00 AM - Breakfast at CRF
8:00 AM - Clean up CRF facility and pack to leave. You are free to do other activities on your own at this point since the formal trip has concluded.

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