NLS490/670 Mammoth Cave National Park



NLS490/670 Mammoth Cave National Park


Complete the following information based on research and on-site interaction.


National Park System

  1. What is the mission of the National Parks and what are they managed for?

The national park service keeps unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for education and inspiration for the future generations.

NLS490/670 Mammoth Cave National Park

  1. How many National Parks are there? 59
  2. How many National Park areas are there?417
  3. Approximately how many acres are in the National Park System? 84 million
  4. What was the first National Park and when was it established? Yellowstone in 1872
  5. What agency manages the National Park System and under what cabinet department is it supervised? Department of interior



NLS490/670 Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth National Park

  1. What is the name, GS level and position title of the ranger with who we met?

Jenefer, GS9 level 2 edu. Specialist

  1. (Relating to #1) How long has this person worked in this park and what was her path to this position? Teaching environmental education for 10 years.
  2. Who is the current Superintendent of Mammoth National Park? Barclay Trimble
  3. How many people does the National Park Service employ at Mammoth Cave? 200
  4. When is the park open? everyday
  5. How are National Parks funded? Personal funded
  6. What social media presence does the Park have? Facebook
  7. How is technology used to engage people with the Park? (cell phone, Internet, etc.)

No free wifi only in the visitor center

  1. What time of year do the most visitors come to the park? Labor day, memorial
  2. What is the largest category of visitors to the park? (by age, or other identifiers) good mix of people
  3. What is the most recent annual visitation number (include year)? 00 in 2017, cave tour million people hiking and camping
  4. When and why did this site become a national park? System and history
  5. Describe the habitats/environments found in the Park. Grasslands, frosts, marsh
  6. How much of the cave system has been explored? 400 miles
  7. Identify all endangered or threatened species in the Park? 70 species
  8. What are some of the invasive species in the Park? Garlic mustard, ailanthus, algae
  9. What wildlife can be found in the Park? White tailed deer, opossum, pygmy shrew
  10. What are the rules in the Park? (What can you do? What can you not do?) no flash photo.NLS490/670

    Mammoth Cave National Park

  11. What recreational activities are allowed in the Park? Biking, camping, fishing, hiking, boating horse riding.
  12. Can you bring a gun in the Park? Yes but not in the cave
  13. Does the Park have much trouble with vandalism? Taking roses out
  14. What is the Park Passport program? Book stamp.
  15. How can you volunteer at the Park? By contacting the park website
  16. What are the topics of a few recent research studies conducted in the Park? Yellow orange less algae cave life




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Mammoth Cave Environmental Education


Mammoth Cave National Park

  1. Who is in charge of environmental education at the refuge? Jenefer shackelford
  2. How much is budgeted by the Park for environmental education? 3 million
  3. Are there training workshops held at the park for teachers? Yes all the day and once overnight
  4. What resources does the site offer to environmental education teachers? Resources boxes in the earth house.
  5. What resources are available for environmental activities for children? Activites for all students
  6. What are strategies used with groups of children for behavior management during programming led by rangers? Depending in the personality
  7. Can groups visit the refuge for environmental education programs? Describe the age groups and programs available and costs. Camp in the summer is free eldary college students
  8. In addition to the Visitor Center are there passive environmental education displays elsewhere in the Park? No
  9. List annual environmental education special events or days that occur at the Park. ranger day
  10. What environmental education topics would best be suited for interpretation in this Park? Caves bats
  11. What environmental education resources can be purchased in the gift shop? Books and some other gifts
  12. What are the general goals/objectives of cave tours?

Get people to see beauty in cave.