Laurel Caverns Park
Home To Pennsylvania's largest cave.
Over three miles of passages.
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Educational Field Trips
Our educational fieldtrip activities are designed to serve school fieldtrips, specialized learning programs, daycare centers, summer camps, government youth programs, bus tours, university classes, cultural studies, and the like. To participate in one or more of these activities the group must have at least fifteen paying members, have made advance arrangements prior to the visit (the earlier the better – many dates in May are filled by mid April) and in some way be sponsored by or associated with a recognized organization or institution.
While some of these activities are also offered to the general public, (i.e. the traditional guided tour, caving, and rappelling) group participation has the advantages of price discounts and a greater emphasis on learning. This is especially the case for our three educational programs not offered to the general public, i.e. the Fossil Field Walk for grades 4 – 9 ($6 pp); the Cave Studies Seminar for grades 10 through 12 ($22 pp); and our college program: Speleology ($25 pp).
Finally, there are certain amenities offered by Laurel Caverns that will enhance your fieldtrip experience. Among these are our seven-county view, our souvenir shop, Kavernputt, gemstone panning, our free picnic shelter and picnicking area, and our food and beverage service area.
Traditional Tour – School Rates
Pre-K $ 3.00 per student
Grade K-5 $ 8.00 per student
Grade 6-12 $ 10.00 per student
Adults $12.00 per person
Teachers, bus drivers, and special needs attendants are not charged.
Group Size : One guide per classroom. (Assumes a class size of 20 to 28 students) Reservations required. Please call as soon as possible. Many dates are filled by mid-april. No Deposit Required. Pay upon day of arrival or request the school be billed.
The Laurel Caverns Cave Studies Seminar
This three hour high adventure learning program integrates caving with the study of the flora, fauna (particularly bats), and geology of Laurel Caverns. Students will visit dig sites where heretofore unknown cave passages are being found and will be told the secret to the discovery of such passages. The opportunity to collect pottery clay is also a part of this program.
This program requires participants to be 9 years of age or older and bring at least two good sources of light. Also, each must wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, and shoes with good tread and ankle support. Laurel Caverns will supply the hard hats. Each participant must also fill out and sign the Upper Caving Release Form. The cave temperature is 52 degrees. Bring a change of clothing; this is a real caving trip and participants will get the wet sands of the cave on their clothing.
Program fee: $22 per participant. Teachers, bus drivers, and special needs attendants are not charged. – If the more advanced speleology program is desired, students should be at least 16 years old. The cost is $25 per participant.