Pennsylvania

Crystal Cave

 
Visit Crystal Cave , Pennsylvania's greatest natural wonder. Crystal Cave has provided educational field trips for over 100 years. Found by William Merkel and John Gehret in 1871, the cave features flowstone, stalactites, stalagmites, aragonite crystals, and more. Groups will enjoy a guided cave tour, educational movie presentation, panning for gemstones, souvenir and rock shops, miniature golf, ice cream parlor, lunch specials by request, historical exhibit, and picnic park all on 150 scenic acres. Miniature golf and the ice cream parlor are open seasonally or by request. Special rates are available for groups.
 
Contact Info
Address: 963 Crystal Cave Road., Kutztown, PA 19530. Berks County. 
Tel: 610-683-6765. 
Hrs: Vary by season.
 
SCHOOLS
Students will learn all about the cave during Educational Underground Tours. The one-hour guided cave tour includes a 13-minute film about the formation of caves and the history of Crystal Cave prior to descending into the cave. One complimentary ticket for teachers is offered for every 30 paid admissions.
 
Contact Info
Phone: 610-683-6765.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: 15 minimum.
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Varies.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Available for Purchase, Bring Your Own, Indoor & Outdoor Seating.
Cost: Group rate - Adults $11.00, Children age 4-11 $8.00.  
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science.
Topics Covered: Earth science, geology, history.
 
SCOUTS
Scouts can work on Geology badges at Crystal Cave. They’ll learn about cave geology and the history of Crystal Cave during an educational video before touring the cave. Scouts can also enjoy a gem panning activity. Have lunch with your scouts in the picnic area or drop by the ice cream parlor (open seasonally or by request) for a treat after your field trip.
 
Contact Info
Phone: 610-683-6765.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: 12 minimum.
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: Varies.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Available for Purchase, Bring Your Own, Indoor & Outdoor Seating.
Cost: Group rate - Adults $11.00, Children age 4-11 $8.00.  
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science.
Topics Covered: Earth science, geology, history.
 
HOMESCHOOL 
Homeschoolers will learn all about the cave during Educational Underground Tours. The one-hour guided cave tour includes a 13-minute film about the formation of caves and the history of Crystal Cave prior to descending into the cave. A complimentary ticket for educators is offered for every 30 paid admissions. 
 
Contact Info
Phone: 610-683-6765.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: 15 minimum.
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Varies.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Available for Purchase, Bring Your Own, Indoor & Outdoor Seating.
Cost: Group rate - Adults $11.00, Children age 4-11 $8.00.  
 
Topics Covered: Earth science, geology, history.
 

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