The Curriculum Guide

Project Underground activities are in the Natural Resource Education Guide. These activities meet many state and national education standards and are easy to use with inquiry teaching methods. The Guide is divided into subject areas with background information provided in each section.

Sections of the Guide include:

Cave Critters
Cave Critters explains about the different animals found in a cave and describes the special environments these cave dwelling animals inhabit. Activities in this section have names like Bat Echoes and Troglo ... What?
Rocks and Water
Rocks and Water explains the Geology and Hydrology of caves and how these interact in karst areas. Activities in this section have names like Mysterious Waters and Lost River Village.
Use of Caves
Use of Caves describes some of the historical uses of caves to man and animals. It also talks about the study and exploration of caves. Activities in this section have names like Ancient Cave Art and Belly-Crawl Mapping.

Here is a sample activity, Sinkholes in a Cup, from the Project Underground Curriculum Guide.

Here is a sample Bat activity from the Project Underground Curriculum Guide: Bat Echoes.

Unit and lesson plan ideas using Project Underground activities

Bats, Biology and Karst

A variety of animals live in caves and the surrounding karst topography. Many species of bats use caves for summer or winter habitats. White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) is affecting these bat populations with a 90% - 100% mortality rate. The Project Underground program provides information and activities on bats and WNS.

Math and Karst Science

Learn to collect and record data in the "Belly-Crawl Mapping" activity, then use the data to draw a map. The "Calculating the Value of Bats" activity uses math problems to determine the number of bugs the bats eat!