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Wisconsin Itineraries for School, Scout, and Youth Group Field Trips

A trip to Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark is only the beginning of the many opportunities to discover the best Wisconsin attractions. Educational tours, overnight field trips, curriculum based attractions in Wisconsin, day trips, and historic tours are available throughout Southwest Wisconsin.

We offer one-of-a-kind value for field trips and educational tours. As the best Wisconsin attraction for any lesson in geology and natural history, we pride ourselves in offering high quality field trips to reinforce school curriculum. No matter what age you are teaching we have programs to meet your needs! And it isn’t only schools who love our programs. Scout field trips are a common event at our famous Wisconsin attraction! Hundreds of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts earn their badges with programs designed by Cave of the Mounds!

Learn Wisconsin's History

Combine 3 classic Wisconsin educational attractions that have an unusual commonality – Ebenezer Brigham!


  • State Capitol Tour (add on the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum for fun!)
  • Brigham County Park Picnic
  • Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark Tour


Learn about Ebenezer Brigham and his connection to the start of Wisconsin’s History here

Dig Deeper into Wisconsin's Geology

Wisconsin has a remarkable natural story to tell. Combine a great museum visit with a trip to Wisconsin’s oldest classroom!


  • UW-Madison Geology Museum OR Rollo Jamieson Museum in Platteville
  • Picnic at Brigham County Park
  • Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark Tour

Learn about Wisconsin’s & Cave of the Mounds Geology here

The Driftless Area

Learn about the Driftless Area and the Norweigan influence in Mount Horeb


  • Driftless Historium
  • Sjolinds Chocolate House
  • Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark

Experience the Norwegian influence on Mount Horeb by going to the Driftless Historium. With exhibits on the history of the Southwest Driftless Area and Mount Horeb’s first troll, you will learn the history of this emerging town. Afterwards, head on over to Sjolinds Chocolate House for some delicious treats! Once you’ve experienced Mount Horeb and all it’s history, why not go to Wisconsin’s Oldest Classroom and learn about the geology of the driftless area at Cave of the Mounds.

Troll Hunting

Explore The Troll Capital of the World!


  • Learn at the Driftless Historium and see Mount Horeb’s FIRST Troll
  • Find Trolls along the Trollway
  • Eat lunch at the Grumpy Troll
  • Go underground like a troll at Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark

Mount Horeb is the Troll Capital of the World. Start your journey by seeing the first troll in Mount Horeb at the Driftless Historium. Then go troll hunting by stopping by the Mount Horeb Welcome Center to grab a map or download the Troll Prints App. Venture downtown to find all 23 trolls and take fun photos with these rare creatures. After all that hard work, reenergize at The Grumpy Troll. We highly recommend the Signature Grump Chips with the housemade Gorgonzola dipping sauce. Then head underground at Cave of the Mounds to see a natural beauty no troll has ever seen before!

Explore Southwest Wisconsin

Get a taste of Southwest Wisconsin!


  • House on the Rock
  • Brix Cider
  • Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark
  • Icki Sticki

If you’re looking to spend the day in Southwest Wisconsin, start out early at House on the Rock. See wonders you didn’t even know existed. It may take awhile if you are going through all three building so leave you plenty of time. Then have a well-earned meal at Bob’s Bitchin’ BBQ in Dodgeville. Fill up on delicious food before making your way to Cave of the Mounds. This experience is much different from House on the Rock. You both will see the beauty of nature and the wonder of what it can do. Then finally, take a short trip to treat yourselves at Icki Sticki for some delicious ice-cream.

Day Camp Itinerary

Get those campers out and about – explore the driftless area of Southwest Wisconsin!


  • Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark
  • Blue Mound Sate Park for a picnic, hiking to the Observation Tower and finally a dip in the state park pool! (Pool open afternoons Memorial Day to Labor Day)