As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), all events and public programs are canceled. (We will be in contact with individuals and groups that have a reservation.) Cave of the Mounds will continue to follow the guidance of local public health officials to assess the situation and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. The health and safety of Cave of the Mounds guests and staff is our top priority. Cave of the Mounds will continue to provide updates on our website at www.caveofthemounds.com.

Group Policies

Group rates and programs are available with 2-week advance reservation.

Group eligibility for discounted rates is 20 or more; Small Group Packages are available.

Reservation deposit is required to guarantee your date and time.

Group itineraries are not provided or guaranteed prior to actual arrival and start.

Teacher pre-visit resources and lesson plans are available in our Education Resources

Chaperones and Bus Drivers must have a ticket/wristband and pay all group fees unless they are included in the designated complimentary admissions listed on the group invoice.

Field Trips

Field Trip Program Options

This is the heart of our experience. The Cave Tour allows your group to be in a “living” cave environment. Guided by one of our knowledgeable tour guides, your group will see speleothems as they grow, explore passageways, identify in-cave fossils and examine limestone rock. Discover Wisconsin – below ground!

Regular (High School and up)…………$11.00

          Or age 14 and older

Child (Grades K-8)…………..………………..$7.50

          Or age 13 & under

SpeleoQUEST takes your students on a journey through Wisconsin’s unique driftless area and karst landscape – exploring sinkholes, caves, and water, as a physical and chemical force of nature by way of weathering and erosion.

Regular (High School and up)…………$13.00

          Or age 14 and older

Child (Grades K-8)…………..………………..$9.50

          Or age 13 & under

This is price includes the Cave Tour and program.

The RocksROCK program introduces your group to the basic components of our earth. Each participant will leave with a bag of their very own rock and mineral specimens great for follow-up in the classroom, at the Scout Den, or wherever your learning takes place. Use our sluice and identify rocks, minerals and gemstones with an experienced instructor.

Regular (High School and up)…………$16.00

          Or age 14 and older

Child (Grades K-8)…………..………………..$12.50

          Or age 13 & under

This is price includes the Cave Tour and program.

Dig in and discover a life story – hidden within a rock! This program provides a hands-on science experience where your group will learn about, uncover and identify authentic fossil specimens. Learn how fossils form and explore how scientists classify fossils they find. Come on – be a paleontologist for a day!

Regular (High School and up)…………$16.00

          Or age 14 and older

Child (Grades K-8)…………..………………..$12.50

          Or age 13 & under

This is price includes the Cave Tour and program.

This is a comprehensive program designed to lead your group through the basic concepts within the field of geology. Rock types and fossil formation are investigated, and we’ll explore our new GIANT geologic timeline! Each participant will leave with their very own collection of rock and mineral OR fossil specimens!

Regular (High School and up)…………$16.00

          Or age 14 and older

Child (Grades K-8)…………..………………..$12.50

          Or age 13 & under

This is price includes the Cave Tour and program.

Investigate the cultural history of Cave of the Mounds and the Blue Mounds area from the early settlers through the lead mining boom to the discovery of Wisconsin’s oldest classroom!

Regular (High School and up)…………$13.00

          Or age 14 and older

Child (Grades K-8)…………..………………..$9.50

          Or age 13 & under

This is price includes the Cave Tour and program.

Your group will learn the basics of navigation and using a compass to find their way, while they learn both individually and as an active member of a team. Orienteering challenge course time included.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

  • Cave Tour
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Orienteering Challenge Courses

*prefer 5th grade and older only

Regular (High School and up)…………$14.00

          Or age 14 and older

Child (Grades K-8)…………..………………..$10.50

          Or age 13 & under

This is price includes the Cave Tour and program.

Mine for gems… Hunt for fossils… Discover treasure! Add more learning before or after your scheduled tour.

  • 1 Self-guided Mining Activity with Rock or Fossil Collection

In addition to a Group Cave Tour and/or package:

Per Participant……………..$4.50 (Adults can “opt out”)

            Available for all ages!

Our Small Group Package is available to groups of 10 or more with two-week advance reservation. Your small group can still enjoy a field trip and save! The Small Group Package includes the 1-hour educational cave tour and the mining activity of your choice. Choose the Quarry’s Edge Gemstone Mine or the Fossil Dig. Everyone goes home with a collection of rocks or fossils!

  • Cave Tour
  • Mining Activity with Rock or Fossil Collection

Scout Programs

Scout Program Options

Over a million years ago, deep beneath the ground, our cave began to form. Water gradually dissolved the rock to create an amazing underground world. Today, you can still see that water dripping… listen to the timeless sound, and imagine yourself back in an ancient world.

  • 1-Hour Educational Cave Tour

Regular (High School and up)…………$11.00

          Or age 14 and older

Child (Grades K-8)…………..………………..$7.50

          Or age 13 & under

CavesROCK takes your group on a journey through sinkholes, caves and the interesting nature of Wisconsin’s limestone and surrounding karst landscape. Includes authentic fossil collection.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

  • Cave Tour
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Outdoor Tour
  • Mining for and Identifying an Authentic Fossil Collection

The CavesROCK program is ideal for younger scouts, but can be adapted for scouts of any age.

 

Adults…………………………………………………$15.00      

Scouts ………………………………………..…….$15.00

This is price includes the Cave Tour and program.

RocksROCK provides each Boy Scout with his/her very own collection of rocks, minerals and gems to investigate as they explore the most basic materials that form the earth.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

  • Cave Tour
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Outdoor Tour
  • Mining for and Identifying an Authentic Rock and Mineral Collection

The RocksROCK program is ideal for younger scouts, but can be adapted for scouts of any age.

 

Adults…………………………………………………$15.00      

Scouts ………………………………………..…….$15.00

This is price includes the Cave Tour and program.

Diggings to Discovery explores the cultural history of the Blue Mounds area and the Cave of the Mounds site from early settlers through the lead mining boom to the discovery of our cave.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

  • Cave Tour
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Outdoor Tour
  • Fossil Dig Activity including a Rock or Fossil Collection

The Diggings to Discovery program is ideal for older scouts, but can be adapted for scouts of any age.

 

Adults…………………………………………………$15.00      

Scouts ………………………………………..…….$15.00

This is price includes the Cave Tour and program.

Geology examines the stories that rocks can tell us about how Earth existed in the distant past through the identification of their very own rock and mineral or authentic fossil collection.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

  • Cave Tour
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Outdoor Tour
  • Mining for and Idenifying an Authentic Rock or Fossil Collection

Earn your Geology Merit Badge!

 

Adults…………………………………………………$15.00      

Scouts ………………………………………..…….$15.00

This is price includes the Cave Tour and program.

Naturalist provides experiences in the outdoors where Boy Scouts develop an appreciation for the natural world, practice observation skills, and learn about ecosystems, habitats and wildlife.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

  • Cave Tour
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Outdoor Tour
  • Fossil Dig Activity including a Rock or Fossil Collection

Work toward your Nature Merit Badge!

 

Adults…………………………………………………$15.00      

Scouts ………………………………………..…….$15.00

This is price includes the Cave Tour and program.

Orienteering provides an experience whereby Boy Scouts learn the basics of outdoor survival, how to read a topographic map and how to use a compass to find their way. Orienteering challenge course time included.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

  • Cave Tour
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Outdoor Tour
  • Orienteering Challenge Courses

Work toward your Orienteering Merit Badge!

(Boy Scouts: You will complete Orienteering Merit Badge requirements 1-7 as part of this program)

 

Adults…………………………………………………$15.00      

Scouts ………………………………………..…….$15.00

This is price includes the Cave Tour and program.

Mine for gems… Hunt for fossils… Discover treasure! Add more learning before or after your scheduled tour.

  • 1 Self-guided Mining Activity with Rock or Fossil Collection

Per Participant……………..$4.50 (Adults can “opt out”)

            Available for all ages!

Our Small Group Package is available to Scout groups of 10 or more with two-week advance reservation. Your small group can still enjoy a field trip and save! The Small Group Package includes the 1-hour educational cave tour and the mining activity of your choice. Choose the Quarry’s Edge Gemstone Mine or the Fossil Dig. Everyone goes home with a collection of rocks or fossils!

  • 1-Hour Educational Cave Tour
  • Mining Activity with Rock or Fossil Collection

The Cave Tour + Cave Miner Pack + ID card

Regular (High School and up)………………..……$15.75

Child (Grades K-8)…………………………………..…..$11.75

Spend the night at Cave of the Mounds! Includes outdoor space for camping from April 1 to October 31 and indoor space for sleeping from November 1 to March 31. Scout overnights include 4 hours of special night-time programming including:

  • Themed Cave Exploration
  • Night Hike
  • Interactive Educational Program
  • Campfire with S’Mores, Games and Stories
  • Gemstone Mining and/or Fossil Dig Activity and Collection
  • Pizza or Hot Dog Dinner can be added for an additional fee.
  • Continental Breakfast can be added for an additional fee.

Overnight check-in begins at 5:30 pm and check-out is 9:00 am the following day.

You can choose your program focus and even earn a badge on an overnight!

 

(Tour +Program Included)

Adults…………………………………………………$30.00      

Scouts ………………………………………..…….$30.00

These prices are per person

Lunch with chips & drink …………..……$5.00      

Pizza/Hot Dog Dinner ……………..…….$30.00

      (Overnights Only)

Continental Breakfast ……………..…….$30.00

     (Overnights Only)

This package includes a cave tour and two programs of choice.

 

Adults …………………………………….…………$25.00

Scouts ……….…………………………………..$25.00