Stay in a Historic Home: Brigham Farmhouse!
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by Tate Phillip
2w ago
January 2024 Written by Stalac-Tate & Sarah Best Brigham Farmhouse is a beautiful historic home with the perfect layout to host a group of friends or multi-generational families. What is Special About This Farmhouse? Brigham Farmhouse rests on 75+ acres in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. The original property, which once included Cave of the Mounds (across the street) and Brigham County Park, was one of the earliest farms in Dane County and owned by a pioneer settler, Ebenezer Brigham. Ebenezer Brigham originally established the land as a mining operation in 1828 and later ..read more
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How to Crack a Geode
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by Tate Phillip
3w ago
January 2024 Written by Stalac-Tate & Holly Discover the world of geodes! These quartz-filled rocks seem unassuming on the outside but a treasure within. It’s fun to learn about them and even more fun to break them open!   Learn about the secrets of this unique rock! This free talk about geodes is geared mainly toward children and families, but anyone can participate. After the talk, the speaker will demonstrate how to open a geode and one lucky audience member will receive a free geode.   A Geode appears to be an ordinary concretion of sedimentary or volcanic rock, but ..read more
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Science Field Trips
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by Tate Phillip
1M ago
January 2024 Written by Stalac-Tate Science Programs at Cave of the Mounds The tours and programs offered by Cave of the Mounds are designed to enhance the understanding of topics in science, function as part of a larger discussion of Earth science, provide an opportunity for inquiry, and serve as an example and evidence of our dynamic planet.  Every student can learn in a responsive environment that engages the student in learning opportunities. The opportunities we provide here at Cave of the Mounds serve as a valuable base for establishing a conversation about earth science. T ..read more
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Types of Caves
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by Tate Phillip
3M ago
November 2023 Written by Holly Caves are something that many of us are familiar with. Maybe you’ve been in one, maybe you’ve been in a hundred, or maybe the only cave you’ve encountered was in a video game or movie. Regardless of your experience or lack thereof, we all have an idea of what a cave is: a hole in the ground. But as scientists, we have to be a little more specific. Scientifically, a cave is a cave when it meets three requirements:  Made of rock  Made by natural forces  Large enough to fit a human Sometimes, a fourth trait is required: 4. La ..read more
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Rocks Are Boring
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by Tate Phillip
5M ago
September 2023 Written by JoAnn Rocks are boring. Most kids would disagree with you! Many kids find rocks irresistible. They seem wired to have a fascination with (and propensity toward) gathering fistfuls of rocks.  Even the smallest, featureless bits of gravel are fair game. Families needn’t travel far to encourage children in a treasure hunt for rocks.  Smooth, lustrous options can be found just a stone’s throw away from one’s own front door.  Rocks used in landscaping are especially appealing and offer many delightful picks.  Even a local bike path can provide ..read more
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Going Solar: Wisconsin Destination Embraces Sustainable Travel
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by Tate Phillip
8M ago
July 2023 Written by Stalac-Tate Going Solar WI Destination Embraces Sustainable Travel Cave of the Mounds, located west of Madison in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, unveils new solar panels. After more than a year of planning, this dream has become a reality. The new installment will reduce Cave of the Mounds’ carbon footprint by more than 50%. Visitors will be able to see the impact of the solar panels on a display that will be installed later in the year. “Sunshine is coming to light up the total darkness of Cave of the Mounds!” said Communications Manager, Tate Phillip. She is enthus ..read more
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Travel Above & Below Ground
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by Tate Phillip
8M ago
July 2023 Written by Stalac-Tate SOMETHING OLD BELOW GROUND Over a million years ago, deep beneath the ground, Cave of the Mounds began to form. Water gradually dissolved the rock to create this magical underground world. A tour through Cave of the Mounds is an experience you and your family will never forget. In fact, people often return to the Cave again and again, bringing back family or friends to share in this amazing experience.  The United State Department of the Interior designated Cave of the Mounds a National Natural Landmark because the site possesses “exceptional ..read more
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Tour Cave of the Mounds
Cave Of The Mounds
by Tate Phillip
8M ago
July 2023 Written by Stalac-Tate The most significant cave in the upper Midwest, a National Natural Landmark, Cave of the Mounds lies just off U.S. Highways 18/151 in Blue Mounds.   The United States Department of the Interior designated Cave of the Mounds a National Natural Landmark because the site possesses “exceptional value as an illustration of the nation’s natural heritage and contributes to a better understanding of man’s environment.” Commonly referred to as the “jewel box” of America’s major caves, for the variety and delicacy of its formations. The Chicago Academy of S ..read more
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Caves & Karst 2023: Science Research Part One
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by Tate Phillip
9M ago
June 2023 Written by Stalac-Tate June 6th is the International Day of Caves & the Subterranean World. Cave enthusiasts celebrate caves and karst each year to increase awareness of these geologic wonders. Caves are an important part of our planet and should be learned about. Caves are a great place to learn about the natural environment and human history. Show caves provide answers and awareness to visitors, especially kids. They also are natural laboratories for research of great significance to our world. Most recently, Dr. Cameron Batchelor published a study about a stalag ..read more
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Impactful Women in Cave of the Mounds History: Part 3
Cave Of The Mounds
by Tate Phillip
10M ago
May 2023 Written by Tate There is so much to be said about this inspirational, impactful person. She is truly a legend. Developing trails, implementing a dynamic lighting system, being a voice in the building of new structures, and so much more. When I came to learn about the history of Cave of the Mounds, I could not help but notice this amazing person.   Anne Bandow started out in 1975 as a Part-Time Educational Coordinator. She developed the first Cave Mini-Course, a program for field trips that is an in-depth look into cave science and a walk through our karst landscape. To s ..read more
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