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Jewel Cave

Photo above: Historic image of Jewel Cave courtesy National Park Service. Jewel Cave National Monument was one of the other parks preserved as of the NPS August 25, 1916 date, February 7, 1908 in the Agriculture Department, and transferred to the National Park Service in the reorganization of 1933. Right: Just one spectacular scene from Yellowstone National Park, the oldest National Park.


National Park Service 100th Anniversary

  • Jewel Cave 100th Events

    Jewel Cave National Monument will be finalizing their 2016 events soon. For now, there are a number of 2016 events on the calendar that are considered part of the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary celebrations. Stop back for more info on time and place when they become available.

    2016 Events

    Junior Ranger Day

    Date/Time: April 17, 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
    Location: The Journey Museum / Rapid City, South Dakota.
    Event: Partnering with The Journey Museum, the Monument is conducting a Junior Ranger Day program for families and kids. The program begins at 4:00 p.m. in the large activity room at The Journey Museum. Youth ages 5-12 can take part to become Junior Rangers, while kids ages 3-4 can be come Pee Wee Rangers. Participants will learn some basic techniques for mapping and surveying a cave passageway. For families with children in the 4th grade, The Journey Museum is offering a computer station for those that wish to register for the Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) Campaign. This program provides a voucher that can be turned in to a park site in exchange for an EKIP annual pass. NOTE: All youth participants need to be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperon.

    Jewel Cave: No End in Sight

    Date/Time: April 17, 2:00 to 3:00 pm.
    Location: The Journey Museum / Rapid City, South Dakota.
    Event: In celebration of National Park Week, the Monument is partnering with The Journey Museum in Rapid City to host an informational program about volunteer cavers. Over the years, the Monument has utilized volunteer cavers to explore and discover new parts of Jewel Cave.

    National Trails Day

    Date/Time: June 4, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
    Location: Jewel Cave Visitor Center.
    Event: Come celebrate National Trails Day at Jewel Cave by taking part in two ranger-guided hikes. The first hike is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and casually walks through a ponderosa pine forest. The Roof Trail is one-quarter-mile in length and is considered an easy route. This hike is great for families with young children or for those with some mobility issues. The second hike is slated for 1:00 p.m. on the Canyons Trail and explores the wildfire scars from August 2000. The Jasper Fire burned through about 95 percent of the Monument and left behind a landscape of natural changes. This hike will take participants through the fire scar and showcase the current benefits provided to an assortment of wildlife species.

    Cub Scout Adventures

    Date/Time: July 16, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
    Location: Jewel Cave Visitor Center.
    Event: Jewel Cave National Monument has partnered with the Black Hills Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America to offer a special Cub Scout event. Various activity stations offer Cub Scouts an opportunity to learn about astronomy, conservation management, geology, hiking, and other environmental education topics. Participating scouts work directly with resource professionals to learn about the outdoors and America's cultural heritage.

    Project Underground Workshop

    Date/Time: September 9-11, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    Location: Jewel Cave Training Facility.
    Event: In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial and to complement the agency's desire to work with educators, the Monument has scheduled a Project Underground Workshop (curriculum training) for teachers, naturalists, environmental education specialists, etc.

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