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Bat Ecology Cave Tours

July 13 @ 9:30 am 1:30 pm

54850 Rhein Hollow Rd
Wauzeka, WI 53826 United States
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Join Mississippi Valley Conservancy to learn about the beneficial role of bats and the importance of protecting their native habitats on a guided cave tour at Kickapoo Caverns, an 83-acre nature preserve near the Wisconsin River.

Due to declining bat populations in North America in recent years, scientists have conducted research and helped to create public awareness of bats, their beneficial role in ecosystems around the world, and what can be done to protect them. Of particular concern is white-nose syndrome, a debilitating fungal infection that disrupts the hibernation of bats. Cave visitors at the scheduled tours will have an opportunity to learn more about bats and what can be done to protect them.

For protection of the cave and the safety of attendees, the tours will be limited in size and held at four scheduled times (9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM) on July 13, 2024.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. After sign-up, registrants will receive a confirmation email. 

The total time of each tour is just under an hour. Please plan ahead to arrive, park, and hike for 30 minutes before the tour start time. 

This is a rain or shine event, and temperatures can vary greatly from summer heat outdoors to 50 degrees inside the cave.

PLEASE NOTE: Getting to the cave requires a 20-30 minute-long uphill hike that can be challenging on a hot summer day. Agility and stamina are also required for the cave tours that involve steep stairways and some passages with low overhead. There is limited cell phone service.


This event is part of Wisconsin Land Trust Days. Learn more at

Participants tour the Kickapoo Caverns cave system during a 2023 Mississippi Valley Conservancy tour.
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