All New Underground University at Bridal Cave!

For many years, school age children have visited Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park for an educational field trip. For the upcoming 2022 field trip season, Bridal Cave is proud to announce an ALL NEW educational field trip program called Underground University! Read on to learn more about this new experience! 

What is Bridal Cave Underground University?

Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park is proud to announce a new educational field trip for 2022, the Bridal Cave Underground University. Bridal Cave has partnered with the scientists of Esteem Education Co, a leader in online earth science education and technology programming, to bring your class a unique educational program on the Ozarks karst topography.

What does BCUU has to offer?

Bridal Cave Underground University is an interactive educational program aimed at the 2-8th grade level. Pre and post tour educational videos and hands on lab experiments are provided for your students in the classroom. This 2-hour hands on educational program includes two caves, two outdoor classrooms and numerous hands-on educational activities. Your students will learn about the unique relationships between the surface and subsurface of the Missouri Ozarks and discover fascinating facts of the karst topography of the Missouri Ozarks.

Pre-Tour: After you make your reservation, you will receive online access to two educational videos to view and a hands-on lab experiment for your class to participate in prior to your visit to the park.

Program at the Park:
Bridal Cave Underground University is a two-hour program that includes an informative tour of the landmark natural attraction, Bridal Cave. The program continues with a ½ mile nature walk in Thunder Mountain Park, with two outdoor classrooms, where students will participate in hands on learning activities. The tour concludes with a lantern tour of Bear Cave that features a special Blacklight mineral display.

Post Tour:
After visiting the park your class will be give online access to an additional two videos and a lab experiment for the class. After completing the program teachers will be provided with a diploma from BCUU, suitable for framing, for each student who completes the educational program.

When is BCUU available?

Bridal Cave Underground University is available by reservation only and is limited to one tour per day at 10am and has a maximum of 100 students to ensure the quality of the educational experience.

Where is BCUU?

Bridal Cave Underground University is located at Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park and is in central Missouri on the Lake of the Ozarks. The cave and park are located just north of Camdenton, Missouri on State Highway 5. Our address is 526 Bridal Cave Road, Camdenton, Missouri 65020.

How to attend BCCU?

Bridal Cave Underground University reservations are required and can be scheduled with a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 100 paying admissions. Reservations can be made by calling Group Sales at 573-346-2676 9am to 4pm daily. Admission rates are $10 for 2nd through 8th grade students. Adults 13 and up are $20. Teachers and bus are complimentary.

Book Underground University! 

Are you a teacher or parent?  For more information about the Bridal Cave Underground University please call 573-346-2676. To find out more about Esteem Education Co available programs visit

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526 Bridal Cave Road
Camdenton, MO 65020

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