Project C.A.V.E.S. is a seven-day/six-night summer residential program that provides an authentic immersion in science outside of the classroom for gifted high-school students. Activities will center around investigative studies in the areas of cave ecosystems, karst geology, bat populations, and hydrogeology.

Project C.A.V.E.S. is an AEGIS program funded by a grant from the Arkansas Department of Education. Without this support, this program would not be possible!

Dates: June 10 - 16, 2018

Project C.A.V.E.S. was featured on Outside Science (inside parks). Check out the video below!

Project C.A.V.E.S. is looking for responsible students who are currently in grades 9-11 with an aptitude and love for science! Campers need to be comfortable with the outdoors, as they will be interacting closely with nature. Campers will be sleeping in tents!

Applications for Project C.A.V.E.S will be an online process including:

  1. Student application including demographic information, medical information, significant accomplishments in the past two years (especially in the area of science), school/community service projects, and a student essay.
  2. Teacher recommendation requiring information such as evidence of student demonstrating high levels of thinking, maturity, self-discipline, creativity, and social skills.
  3. Counselor recommendation requiring information such as test scores, transcript, personal leadership skills, evidence of motivation and commitment to a task.


March 15, 2018 Online Application Process Opens

April 20, 2018 Applications and Forms Due

May 4, 2018 Selection Results Emailed to Schools and Students

May 18, 2018 Accepted Students Registration Materials Due (Parent-Student Assurances Form and Medical Insurance Card)

June 10, 2018 Opening Day of Project CAVES

June 16, 2018 Parent Day/Project CAVES Closing

Applications are open! Follow the instructions in the Application Information section.

Questions? Contact Nathan Windel -