Teach your children well
Quick story: Tracy and I went caving last weekend with some first-time cavers and we saw these incredibly beautiful cave formations. Then we saw some super-delicate formations that someone had vandalized by pressing mud spheres into the formations in at least 30 places. Because of the ignorance of some unknown person on some previous trip, at least hundreds of years of natural growth had been wiped out in minutes, with the formations never to be the same again. I found this extremely sad and shocking, and I told our group that this is why I haul around a 1600 pound cave simulator to teach kids about caves. Because people can only protect what they understand.
Left: Gypsum crystals destroyed by a mud ball squished into them by an ignorant person. Right: A pristine helictite that may have taken thousands of years to form.
I thought that I would share this story for two reasons: if you're already supporting our project to teach people to protect caves, thank you! You are helping us to educate thousands of people about why they should protect caves. If you haven't supported CaveSim yet, we could really use your help to put cave education on the road. Even if you only want to give $1, you'll help us a lot by increasing the number of people who've pledged. My standard joke is that everyone has at least $1 in coins between the seats of their car. Of course, if you can't find a dollar between your seats, you can always tell a friend to support our project. Post us on your Facebook page, or email your friends.
Here's a fun video for you to watch to cheer you up from this sad story. 150 4th and 5th graders got to hear Dave's stories about digging holes and exploring caves. As you'll see in the video, some of the students recognized CaveSim from their field trips to our garage. We hope to be able to bring CaveSim to their schools in the future so that more than a dozen students can learn about caves at a time. Thanks for your help in making this possible.
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Your only chance to write on the walls of a cave without fear of reprisals (plus, you get a CaveSim t-shirt). You have lots of options: (1) Sign the outside of CaveSim at the 2012 NSS Convention in Lewisburg, WV, or (2) Sign a photo of yourself and use our self-addressed stamped envelope to send it to us so that we can permanently afix it to CaveSim, or (3) Hand us your signed photo at the NSS Convention. PG-13 photos/signatures only, please.Estimated delivery:
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Great for individuals or grottos: Turn ordinary tables into caves with our magnetic cave formations. Place our super-strong magnets on top of your table, hang the formations underneath the table using the magic of magnetism, throw a sheet over the table, and you have a cave. Set of four formations, plus a fact sheet with awesome info about caves and bats. Great for teaching kids.Estimated delivery:
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Great for Colorado individuals, grottos, and families: Bring 30 of your closest friends (only $10 per person!) to the CaveSim garage in Manitou Springs, CO for 2-3 hours of caving, fun and games. A great substitute for a regular grotto meeting. Best kids birthday party ever! Includes trips through CaveSim for everyone in your group, plus cave-related games and educational activities led by our award-winning outdoor educator. We provide all the cave gear -- all you have to do is gather your friends. Good through Dec. 2013.Estimated delivery:
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Great for grottos: 40 CaveSim plastic stickers (one for everyone in your grotto), plus a set of five magnetic cave formations (great for grotto outreach events, or for your grotto auction). Plus, we'll send your grotto a handmade, laser-engraved plaque for everyone in your grotto to sign. You can send the plaque back to us and we'll permanently afix it to the outside of CaveSim (or you can keep the plaque all to yourselves).Estimated delivery:
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The ultimate! Everything you need to build your very own crawl-through electronic cave obstacle course (except the walls). Includes 20 electronic sensors, 20 cave formations with bomber mounting hardware, a sensor control box with LCD to interface between the sensors and your computer, easy-to-use software with an intuitive graphical interface, all the cables, and (of course) detailed instructions and friendly tech support by Dave Jackson himself. Many additional sensors/formations can be added to the system.Estimated delivery:
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