STATION 1: Cavern Tour
School groups must reserve their field trip in advance by calling 209-736-2708.
School groups must arrive at least 15 minutes before tour departure to allow time to use the restroom and assemble in one or more group(s).
This 45-minute guided tour consists of a descent of about 60 feet, down five flights of stairs into the large Main Hall chamber and is suitable for all student ages. Well-lit stalactites, stalagmites, long helictites, draperies, flowstones, columns and giant keystone bridges lodged high in the walls can be seen.
Students also view the clear mysterious lakes one hundred feet below, while learning about the rich history and geology of this spectacular landmark cavern as well as the surrounding countryside.
The trail continues on further into the cavern, crossing a bridge above an 80-foot drop to the lake below. It continues to wind around the cavern walls, and ends in the Landmark Room which contains the most spectacular arrays of helictite crystals in the known cave system.
In addition to these beautiful features, other natural wonders can be seen, like the crystalline flowstone which emerges in a wave from a hole in the ceiling.
The tour includes information on the cavern development method and what to anticipate as further phases of the trail are opened for viewing. Little bending is required but persons who have a fear of heights may be bothered.
For another great field trip in the area that could be booked for the same day, we recommend Sutter Gold Mine which is about 30 minutes from Black Chasm Cavern. On the Family Tour, students go inside a real hard rock gold mine and learn about gold mining from ancient times to the present day. Combining the two in one day gives a great contrasting experience of manmade versus nature made underground environments. For more information, ask about Sutter Gold Mine when you call, or navigate to Sutter Gold Mine's pages on this web site.
SCHEDULING: Allow 50 - 60 minutes per group of 25 students.
Allow 50 - 60 minutes per group of 25 students.
Allow 20 minutes per group of 25 students.
Allow 30 minutes for unlimited number of students.
Allow 5 minutes per person.
Don't forget lunch! We have outside picnic tables under shady trees where you are welcome to eat your lunch, making for another station through which your students can rotate.
All stations are optional. More stations allow more time for hands on activities by larger numbers of students as they rotate through each activity.
Please call us. We will be happy to assist you in determining the very best configuration of activities for your school group. Locally our number is 209-736-2708, or out of area, toll free 866-762-2837.
STATION 3: Visitor Center
Our beautiful 3000 square foot visitor center contains displays on our geology and connection to the Matrix movies as well as a huge variety of science and nature merchandise. With books, science kits, rocks, fossils, dragons, jewelry and souvenir items, there is plenty here to delight every student and teacher! You may even find yourself coming back for holiday shopping!
SCHEDULING: Allow 30 minutes per group of 25 students.