A national educational program on caves and karst awareness
Project Underground is a source of interdisciplinary instructional activities, and its staff conducts workshops and in-service training programs. These materials and workshops are designed for classroom teachers, cavern, park, museum, and nature center staff, or any youth-oriented group leaders.
The program - The purpose of Project Underground is to create and build awareness of and responsible attitudes toward karst and cave resources and their management needs. The project is an environmental education program designed to promote better understanding of caves
and karstlands. It is a supplemental program for use by educators of kindergarten through high school age students. Participants in Project Underground activities will gain an understanding of how the underground environment is an important part of the total environment.
Click here to learn about DCR's Natural Heritage Karst Program.
SOL correlations - Click here for a list of associated state Standards of Learning.
Activity book - Project Underground activities are in the Natural Resource Education Guide. It was designed by educators and experts in the various disciplines of speleology. The activities are interdisciplinary and level-correlated. The guide is divided into subject areas with background information provided in each section. Example of activities:
Workshops - Project Underground materials are available through workshops held in your area. During these workshops, you will participate in hands-on activities, learn more about caves and karst ecology, and expand your knowledge and teaching skills. You will also meet and share ideas, information and resources with other professionals.
Facilitator training - Project Underground is based on the Training the Trainer model. Interested educators are trained to be certified workshops facilitators. You receive more in-depth information on caves and karst and the community issues surrounding them.
Click here to download the Crawl Through the Guide listing.
Click here to download the karst topo lesson map for use with the activity guide (560KB).
|Before (l.) and after (r.) shots of a sinkhole in Lee County.|
For more information on Project Underground or to host a workshop in your area, please contact:
Karst Education Coordinator
DCR Natural Heritage Program
8 Radford St. Suite 201
Christiansburg, VA 24073
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Richmond Area Speleological Society
Cave Conservancy of the Virginias
The National Speleological Society