Would you like to learn more about what makes caves so special? Carlsbad
Caverns National Park will help you do just that with the free electronic
field trip (or eFieldTrip) “Caves: An Underground Wonderland.” This
eFieldTrip is designed to teach students about karst features, cave
geology, speleothem formation, cave ecosystems, and the need for cave
conservation. The eFieldTrip will be available to schools and other
interested participants through July 2008.
Carlsbad Caverns is sponsoring this eFieldTrip as a way to teach students
from around the country, including those who may only have the opportunity
to “virtually visit” the park, about the wonders of caves and their fragile
What do you need to participate? If you have access to the Internet at your
school, in your classroom, or at home, you can participate! The web address
is www.eFieldTrips.org/caves. There is no cost for your school or students
to participate. Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers this program as a
free educational outreach opportunity.
The eFieldTrip has four components:
Virtual Visit. An interactive multimedia web experience that students
can complete at their own pace. This will remain posted through July
Trip Journal. A downloadable worksheet that students can complete as
they participate in the Virtual Visit.
Ask an Expert. Students may post questions to the eFieldTrip website
January 22 through January 24, and receive an answer from the experts
within 1 to 2 days.
Live Web Chat. A live, text-based web chat that allows students to
ask the experts questions and receive their answers during the chat
will be on January 31. Check the website for the time of the live
For more information, or to register your school to participate, visit
www.eFieldTrips.org/caves. You may also contact the park’s education office
at 575.785.3127 to learn more about electronic fieldtrips and other