The Arc of the Ozarks of Monett and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield will visit Fantastic Caverns on May 25th at 10 am and noon 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 will assist 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 paleontology dig and an early-man hunting lesson. This is a 90-minute learning experience with 30 minutes of hands-on, touchable activities at the cave's Outdoor Classroom. The program directly applies to Missouri history and geology. Missouri caves are comprised of limestone and include the fossilized remains of numerous pre-historic creatures that once lived here.
At the paleontological dig, participants will excavate and identify recreated fossils of a mastodon. They will learn about the now extinct megafauna - its physical features, habitat, and range. Participants will also be given the opportunity to hone mastodon hunting skills using an atlatl; a spear throwing tool available to early man.
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. This "rehearsal" event allows 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.