New York State

Howe Caverns

 
Let your spirit of adventure soar above and below the earth at Howe Caverns, the great cave of the Northeast. During their tour, visitors descend 156 feet into an underground world of stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstone that took millions of years to create. Several tours are offered, including the traditional tour and boat ride, and a 2-hour lantern tour. Above ground, at Howe High Adventure, a variety of outdoor thrills await your group - from the 18ft. Air Jumper to a soaring zip line. Ask about group packages and custom tours!
 
 
Contact Info
Address: 255 Discovery Dr., Howes Cave, NY 12092. Schoharie County.
Tel: 518-296-8900.
Hrs: See our website.
 
SCHOOL
Students can learn about history and earth science during their guided tour of the caverns. They will learn about and see stunning examples of sedimentary limestone, calcification, underground water erosion, and much more. Above ground, students can challenge themselves with a zip line, ropes course, rock wall, and more. They can also try sifting for gems, minerals, and fossils in the water sluice; and learn how to identify their findings.
 
Contact Info
Name: Reservations.
Phone: 518-296-8900.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: Maximum of 36 per tour group, multiple tour groups depart 10 minutes apart.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 15:1
Registration: Phone (518-296-8900).
Food Options: Lunch Packages available for additional cost.
Cost: Group rates available.
Title I or Financial Support: n/a.
Accessible To: Not handicap accessible.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Physical Education, Science.
Topics Covered: Physical Education, Science, Sedimentation, calcification, erosion, continental upheaval, geologic evolution, and prehistoric seas.
 
 
SCOUTS
Scout groups can enjoy a day filled with exciting activities as they experience the natural wonders of Howe Caverns. During their tour, they will learn about sedimentation, calcification, erosion, continental upheaval, geologic evolution, and prehistoric seas. Scouts can also have a scavenger hunt, and may earn a patch. Above ground, they can also enjoy outdoor activities such as a zip line, ropes course, rock climbing wall, or Gem Stone Mining.
 
Contact Info
Name: Reservations.
Phone: 518-296-8900.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: Maximum of 36 per tour group, multiple tour groups depart 10 minutes apart.
Activity Type: Guided Cave Tours, Scavenger Hunt, Gem Stone Mining, and seasonal outdoor activities such as a zip line, ropes course, rock wall.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: 15:1.
Registration: Phone (518-296-8900).
Food Options: Lunch Packages available for additional cost.
Cost: Group rates available .
Accessible To: Not handicap accessible.
 
Supports Scout Badges In: Science, Physical Education.
Topics Covered: Sedimentation, calcification, erosion, continental upheaval, geologic evolution, and prehistoric seas.
 
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool groups can descend past limestone corridors, stalactites, massive boulders, and a subterranean riverbed and lake. During their tour, they can learn about sedimentation, calcification, erosion, continental upheaval, geologic evolution, and prehistoric seas. Above ground, they can also enjoy outdoor activities such as a zip line, ropes course, rock wall, mining sluice, and the wet and wild H2OGO ball.
 
Contact Info 
Name: Reservations.
Phone: 518-296-8900.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: Maximum of 36 per tour group, multiple tour groups depart 10 minutes apart.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 15:1
Registration: Phone (518-296-8900).
Food Options: Lunch Packages available for additional cost.
Cost: Group rates available.
Title I or Financial Support: n/a. 
Accessible To: Not handicap accessible.
 
Topics Covered: Sedimentation, calcification, erosion, continental upheaval, geologic evolution, and prehistoric seas
LESSON PLAN: Caves/Mines/Panning

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Caves and Mines Lesson Plan

In history, caves have been used as shelter, as canvases for cave paintings, for rituals, and for food and weapons storage. In addition to historical relevance, caves also have features like crystals, pools of water, stalagmites, and stalactites. Students observe the unique geological features of caves and learn how minerals are unearthed and mined. ... Continue