For Elementary School Educators


A field trip to Longhorn Cavern State Park gives elementary school students an engaging introduction to the natural sciences, including geology, biology, and chemistry. Students will experience the unique above and below ground ecosystems and their inhabitants. Students will also enjoy easy to moderate exercise in a beautiful Texas State Park setting.

Learning Objectives

Longhorn Cavern State Park is full of learning opportunities for elementary school students. Some of the objectives educators may wish to introduce/reinforce in their pre- and post-visit lessons are:

  • How rainwater (a liquid) and carbon-dioxide (a gas) combine into a liquid solution called carbonic acid.
  • How carbonic acid dissolves sedimentary rock like limestone, forming caves and sinkholes.
  • How flowing carbonic acid (in the form of an underground river) further eroded and carved Longhorn Cavern.
  • How dissolved limestone (calcium carbonate) creates cave formations.
  • How people use calcium carbonate in their daily lives.
  • What types of plants and animals live in the park.
  • How animals like the tri-colored bat are adapted to cave environments.
  • Why parks and conservation are important.
  • How regular outdoor exercise benefits our bodies.

Suggested TEKS

As one of Texas' most unique geologic and historic places, a field trip to Longhorn Cavern State Park can help satisfy a number of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) requirements. Suggested TEKS modules focus primarily on Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education. Other TEKS modules may also apply.

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Tools & Resources

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