Public Educational Programs
Enhance your Cave Tour by learning even more about Wisconsin geology and Cave of the Mounds! FUN for all ages, these programs are open to the public. Above ground hikes and storytime programs are FREE. For programs with a fee tickets can be purchased in advance online by selecting the links below. Tickets may also be purchased in person the day of your visit.
All About Geodes
1:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays (30 minutes)
FREE (Geodes available for purchase after the program)
You’ll gather in the Visitor Center where an Educator teaches you all about geodes! Afterwards, enjoy deep discounts on a selection of our Break-Your-Own-Geodes! Meet at the Amethyst Geodes by the Quarry’s Edge Gift Shop.
1pm on Sundays (1 hour guided cave tour)
Experience the cave in a way not featured on regular tours – by handheld light only! Learn a bit about the properties of light along the way.
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11am and 3pm Saturdays and Sundays (30 minutes)
Discover your very own rock and mineral collection at our INDOOR mining sluice! Identify your specimens with one of our Educators and investigate rocks and minerals – the most basic materials that form planet Earth.
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- Quarry’s Edge Gift Shop and Mining Sluice – Rocks, minerals and fossils from all over the world delight geology lover’s of all ages! Hand pick your favorites or uncover your own collection at the INDOOR sluice!
- Barn Fossil Hunt – Learn about the fossils commonly found in southwest Wisconsin. Then, search the limestone foundation of our historic barn and find authentic Wisconsin fossils!
- HEATED Fossil Dig and Crystal Quest – Be a paleontologist for the day and dig up your very own fossils and crystals! Or, you can get a dig block and use tools to excavate an authentic fossil specimen!
- Trails – Discover the grounds around the mound! Grab an Interpretive Trail Guide and Geologic Time booklet and learn all about caves, sinkholes and how Wisconsin has changed through geologic time.