An excursion to Cave of the Mounds…

terraced gardens leading up to a barn

Terraced Gardens Outside Cave of the Mounds

Cave of the Mounds 500 feet road sign and Ann Wescott

Cave of the Mounds Road Sign (left), Ann Wescott Talking to the BMAP Group (right)

Yesterday we went on a field trip to Cave of the Mounds with the Blue Mounds Area Project. Ann Wescott, groundskeeper, showed us around the grounds. We saw how they use native plants for landscaping, as a seed source and as a teaching resource. She also talked about the engineering that went into the rain gardens that catch runoff from the parking lot. In addition she talked about future restoration plans including a prairie.

interior of the cave

A Column, Stalactites and Stalagmites Inside Cave of the Mounds

interior of the cave

Stalactites, Stalagmites and a Subterranean Lake

After the garden tour and before the potluck half of the group went on a tour of the cave, while the rest of the group walked the woodland loop with the BMAP ecologist, Cindy Ramsyer.

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formations inside the cave

Iron is One of the Minerals Deposited in Formations at Cave of the Mounds (left), Cave Bacon is Another Formation in the Cave (right)

water a cavern

Underground River

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