Summer Discovery, Fantastic Caverns summertime program

Summer Discovery, Fantastic Caverns' summertime program

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2019, by Hubert Heck

Fantastic Caverns had the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield participate in their Summer Discovery program.

The Arc of the Ozarks of Monett and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield visited Fantastic Caverns last year to participate in a rehearsal of the Summer Discovery program. Individuals involved in The Arc of the Ozarks' Day Program and kids participating in three of the four units of Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield assisted the Fantastic Caverns Science Program team in the implementation of a special science and history program at the Springfield attraction.

About Fantastic Caverns Summer Discovery

Summer Discovery includes the all-riding cave tour as well as a simulated archaeological dig and Native American game demonstrations. This is a 90-minute learning experience with 30 minutes of hands-on, touchable activities at the cave's Outdoor Classroom.  

Participants excavate a simulated archaeological dig site and identify artifacts once used by Native Americans both before and after the arrival of settlers and explorers. In the Ozarks, the Osage people created spear tips, arrowheads, pottery, ornamentations and scrapers. All of which, could be found as part of the archaeological record. Traded goods, such as metal tools, buckles and buttons, would also be present, exemplifying interactions with settlers and explorers.

Children of the Osage and other Native American people played a variety of games to develop skills usefull for daily life. Games would have provided much needed training for hunting, stalking, weapon use, fitness, agility, powers of observation and more; all necessary skills for their culture and way of life. Summer Discovery participants will have the opportunity to experience Native American games to better identify and understand the applications of the skills.

One of the most important parts of incorporating a non-traditional classroom setting into a genuine learning experience is the total involvement of all of the students. Summer Discovery is a hands-on, themed educational program designed for summer schools, scouts, and other groups. The program directly applies to Missouri history and geology. Our "rehearsal" event allowed the team at Fantastic Caverns to "fine-tune" the program for the upcoming season while providing a unique educational experience for The Arc of the Ozarks and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield.

This limited summer program is available daily at 10 am and noon, June 1 through August 31. A minimum group size of 20 people is required to book Summer Discovery, and groups larger than 60 people should reserve multiple sessions.





Latest Blog Posts

The latest about our Missouri cave, and other Fantastic Caverns news.

Ozarks Cave Explorer's Club
Travel and tourism are inextricably part of the fabric of the Ozarks’ culture and economy. And caves have been a part of the tourism industry in the Ozarks for a very long time. Find a list of caves in Missouri and Arkansas participating in the Missouri Caves Association’s Ozarks Cave Explorer Passport Program.
Discovered by a Dog
Fantastic Caverns is pet friendly. Fantastic Caverns was discovered by an Ozarks farmer, or more precisely, by his dog. While tracking an animal, the famer's bloodhound disappeared into a small hole at the base of a bluff.
Build Your Own Terrarium and Monitor Water Quality
Stormwater run-off can easily pick up pollutants and cause erosion. Plants and trees help filter stormwater run-off and prevent erosion. The water flowing through the lower levels of Fantastic Caverns, began as stormwater on the surface. Create your own terrariums and monitor water quality.
Create Your Own Cave Confections
Create your own cave treats following these simple recipes. Caves provide habitats for unique species. Make your own edible cave habitats in the form of hollow meringue cookies or dessert rolls.
Cave and Karst Picture Finds
Find cave animals in these photos. The karst terrain of the Ozarks provides habitat for unique life. There is a very delicate ecosystem beneath our feet.
Create Your Own Aquifer in a Cup
Create your own miniature aquifer in a cup. The limestone present in the Ozarks has cracks and voids that allow water to permeate and pass through it. Water flowing through the limestone passages of Fantastic Caverns, began as rainwater.
Create Your Own Crystals
You can easily grow your own crystals using sugar, salt or alum. Many crystals are minerals, and occur naturally. Minerals are the building blocks of rocks, like the limestone of Fantastic Caverns.
Cave and Karst Word Searches
Find words related to caves and cave life in these fun Cave and Karst Word Searches. Missouri is known as the Cave State, boasting more than 7,500 caves and counting.
Make Your Own Limestone Fossil Sugar Cookies
You can find fossilized remains of ancient creatures within the limestone of Fantastic Caverns. Create your own limestone-inspired fossils in the form of sugar cookies.
Create Your Own Cave in a Cup
Create your own cave. As water flows beneath the Earth's surface it dissolves and erodes the rock, forming the cavities that become caves.
Health and Safety at Fantastic Caverns
The health and safety of our guests are top of mind as we continue to offer our memorable ride through cave experiences. We have increased the frequency of our everyday health and safety protocols and procedures, and we are taking precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy.
The underground fleet
Climb aboard the underground fleet at Fantastic Caverns and explore the world beneath your feet. Touring Fantastic Caverns by Jeep drawn trams helps preserve the cave. America's Ride Thru Cave may not be inhabited by humans but the cave system does have a thriving ecology of small critters that call it home.
Phone: 417-833-2010
Fax: (417) 833-2042
Fantastic Caverns
4872 N Farm Rd 125
Springfield, MO 65803
Trip Adviser certificate of excellence for Fantastic Caverns