Third grade students from Middlesboro Elementary School prepare to enter CaveSim during the Celebrating a Legendary Land event at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Third grade students from Middlesboro Elementary School prepare to enter CaveSim during the Celebrating a Legendary Land event at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Eastern National Grant Brings Unique CaveSim Experience to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

A $10,000 grant from Eastern National helped fund a visit from CaveSim at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park’s Celebrating a Legendary Land event, held August 31 to September 2, 2018. CaveSim, the world’s only cave simulator, allows visitors to safely and easily learn about caves regardless of physical ability.

Participants in CaveSim put on helmets and explore 60 feet of “cave” passages inside a semi-trailer. The goal is for visitors to maneuver through the cave without bumping or touching the delicate formations while learning about a variety of cave critters and artifacts. When visitors emerge from CaveSim, they are given a score to see how carefully they navigated the cave. More than 300 visitors participated in the simulation, including 60 third graders from Middlesboro Elementary School.