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Cave Weekend, Spring Mill State Park
Start Date: 8/25/2018 All Day
End Date: 8/25/2018
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Event Description:
Spend the weekend in the Mitchell karst plain exploring caves and the history and ideas tied to them! Unless otherwise noted, programs are at the Lakeview Activity Center.

10AM-4PM Polly Root Sturgeon, Indiana Geological Survey. Polly is a geologist and educator.  She has a variety of touchable specimens, and enjoys talking with people about cave formation.  You will find her At Lakeview Activity Center, first floor.

11AM-12PM  Caving 101,  Laura Demarest has been actively caving in Indiana for many years and will be talking about the caving experience and how to become involved with conservation work, survey, and local/national caving organizations.

12:15PM-1:15PM Karst Development At Spring Mill State Park.  Matt Selig is an experienced caver, and has a fun and interactive program on this topic, as well as ethics, conservation.

1:30PM-2:30PM The Blindfish of Spring Mill, Tom Sollman has been caving for 40 years and is very active with the Indiana Karst Conservancy, and other local and national organizations.  He has been monitoring cavefish and other cave life at Spring Mill for many years.  He is also a great historian, and will share the history of the park's caves.

2:45PM-3:45PM  Cave Survey and The Art of Cartography.  Marion Akers has been surveying and making maps for 20 years.  Marion will show us the process of map making, and bring along her award winning map of an Indiana cave.  Its the details that make the difference!

4:00PM-5:00PM  Cave Rescue at Spring Mill.  Don Paquette shows us an actual rescue at the park, and discusses safety.  Don has been caving for many years and has been involved with the National Cave Rescue Commission since its formation.  He continues with training seminars and programs for the public on cave safety.

7PM Caves and Karst  Hike Trail 3 and learn about the Donaldson, Twin, and Bronson Caves.  On this trail you can see all three of these caves and hike through a section of Mitchell Karst Plain, with its numerous sink holes.  This is a moderately rugged hike.  Meet Anthony at The Inn.

10PM Spring Water Kayaking.  Experience the full moon while paddling the cold spring fed waters of Donaldson Cave that run into the lake.  Pre-registration is required.  Email Sheree at
Location Information:
Spring Mill State Park  (View Map)
3333 State Road 60 East
Mitchell, IN 47446
Phone: (812) 849-3534
Contact Information:
Name: Wyatt Williams
Phone: (812)849-3534
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Things to do
State calendar classification:
  • Residents
  • Visiting and Playing
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  • Natural Resources, Department of

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