Caver Quest Academy
The Caver Quest Academy Project is a kid friendly, clear and concise educational experience geared toward 7th grade students in New Mexico. Presented by PLIA, this interactive experience will introduce kids to cave safety, Leave No Trace ethics, in a fun and engaging environment. The program aims to develop students' ability to think critically, solve complex problems, and succeed in science and technology fields.
Caver Quest Academy features interactive games and learning modules that help students learn about the science and history behind local caves, developed using 3-D imaging of the cave interior. This digital experience will also introduce students to cave safety, equipment, and Leave No Trace ethics, in a fun and engaging environment.
Upon completion of the academy, students have the opportunity to explore the caves they learned about with a Bureau of Land Management Cave Specialist. For many students, this will be a unique, first-hand experience to remember.
In 2022, PLIA, the BLM, and the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project teamed up to educate students on the valuable scientific resources in the Fort Stanton Cave and bring them on a special spelunking expedition to see the concepts in action. Students were amazed to see the 3-D model emerge in person as they explored the cave, and came away with a better understanding of cave science in action.
Special thanks to the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project - Snowy River Cave and researcher Ron Lipinski, for laying the groundwork to further develop this program.
We hope that you'll consider helping us provide valuable educational experiences like this into the future. Even a small contribution can help us provide more access and education on public lands to students across the state.