SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Saturday’s weather helped some Springfield residents, who ventured outside, to get in touch with nature.
Outdoor Initiatives with the Park Board gave tours of the cave at Sequiota Park.
Eighty people got to go about 1,000 feet into the cave.
They heard its history, saw formations and bats.
The cave is only open certain times of the year because the endangered gray bats migrate back into the cave.
In the summer, there are about 4,000 bats in the cave. Right now, there are only 40, but it gives people a chance to go in and see them and learn the importance of bats in Springfield.
“This cave could be responsible for thousands of insects in being eaten in the summer, so it’s super important to the whole eco-system,” Jason Smith with Outdoor Initiatives said.
“We actually got to see, there were a few bats here scattered, I’m just an animal lover, we were able to get really close to a couple of them, and I was surprised how small they are,” Catherine Key, a Springfield resident, said.
Another tour is scheduled for next weekend, weather permitting.
If you are interested, contact Outdoor Initiatives with the Park Board.