How To Participate

CavesLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure provides teachers, students and the general public with informative and interactive ways to learn about caves and karst. Join us to:

  • Educate students and others that caves and karst features on the surface are pathways to the subsurface
  • Learn about how nutrient and energy sources move through those pathways into the subsurface, sustaining thriving communities of biota of all sizes.
  • Educate about how people have used caves to sustain/protect life, for their cultural and spiritual practices, and for science, education, and fun.
  • Understand the role of citizens, public land management agencies, and non-governmental organizations in stewarding natural resources.
  • Increase participation in and understanding of citizen science programs related to caves and karst so that students learn the importance of being a good steward.
  • Meet national education standards as they relate to Earth, Biological, and Social Sciences. 

You may participate in this distance learning adventure in a number of ways:

Register for CavesLIVE

CLICK HERE to register so that you can keep up-to-date.

After Registering

There are several things you can do before the webcast to help your students get the most from the electronic field trip and take advantage of the experts during the program.

Two Weeks before the Webcast

Test all of your equipment  to be sure that you can watch the webcast on the day of the event.  If you want to watch the program on an iPad or iPhone, you will need a third-party application.

Prepare your students for the webcast by teaching one of the LESSON PLANS.

Day Before the Webcast

Test your equipment one last time to ensure all potential technical problems have been addressed.

We recommend that you have two computers available: one for viewing the live program and the other for submitting questions and comments on the webcast page.  

Day of the Webcast

Ten minutes before the live webcast, we will put up a test screen so you will know that you have a connection.

Brainstorm with your class questions that you would like to ask of the scientists during the program and submit them on the webcast page.  

Enjoy the program!

After the Program

Please fill out the EVALUATION and give us your feedback.

If you can't join us the day of the webcast, no problem!  The webcasts will be archived and may be watched later in the year or with future classes.


Luray Caverns USDA Forest Service Prince William Network Cave Research Foundation National Speleological Society Cave Conservancy of the Virginias Cave Conservancy Foundation Indiana Karst Conservancy National Cave & Karst Program, United States Forest Service National Cave and Karst Research Institute National Caves Association Natural Inquirer Project Underground Under Earth Images National Park Service FSNatureLIVE: Distance Learning Adventures Crawford Hydrology Laboratory