2011-06-30 / Local & State

MES Students Enjoy Field Trip To Lincoln Caverns

McConnellsburg Elementary students enjoyed a visit to Lincoln Caverns, near Huntingdon, on Thursday, May 19, 2011.

The students participated in a fossil workshop, one of Lincoln Caverns’ geology and cave workshops. During the 45-minute session, students learned about kinds of fossils, how fossilization occurs and made their own fossil. Students also searched for a fossil to take home as part of their workshop.

The highlight of the day was Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks. Touring winding passageways and splendid rooms, the participants heard the interesting history of the discovery of the caverns and viewed the widest variety of speleothems, or cave formations, in Pennsylvania. A visit to the gift shop and picnicstyle lunch were enjoyed by all.

Prior to the interpretive tours, Jennifer Brumbaugh, a member of Lincoln Caverns’ staff, presented the pre-tour program, “An Introduction to Speleology” at the school. During the presentation students learned about caves and cave life and were given the opportunity to get a closer look at some speleothems. Each participant received information packets about caves and cave conservation.

Lincoln Caverns’ educational programs are now in their 30th year. Group leaders who would like more information about youth programs and Lincoln Caverns’ other educational offerings are invited to call 814- 643-0268, write to Lincoln Caverns Inc., 7703 William Penn Hwy, Huntingdon, PA 16652, or visit the Web site at www.lincolncaverns.com for more information.

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