Jewel Cave 200 Mile Celebration & Reunion


JUNE 28 – JUNE 30, 2019

Join Black Hills Parks & Forests Association, the official non-profit partner of Jewel Cave National Monument, and the members of Paha Sapa Grotto in celebrating all of the discoveries at Jewel Cave National Monument! A weekend full of events and activities to celebrate, network, and learn about the exploration of Jewel Cave and advances in cave exploration throughout the world.


Featured Speakers

  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hazel Barton – University of Akron, Ohio
Dr. Barton is Professor and Director of the Integrated Bioscience PhD program at the university of Akron. Her research is geared toward understanding microbial interactions and adaptations to starvation in cave environments, which has been funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), US National Institutes of Health, and the US National Park Service. Dr. Barton also investigates the role the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans plays in the White-nose Syndrome epidemic in bats, which has been funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Her work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Forbes, National Geographic Explorer, Outside, Science News, The Scientist, Popular Mechanics, Wired, Geo and The Smithsonian magazines, in the book Extreme Scientists: Exploring Natures Mysteries from Perilous Places, on NPR and BBC Radio, on Animal Planet, the History Channel, National Geographic, the CBS Early Show, BBC TV and in the IMAX movie Journey into Amazing Caves. Dr. Barton is also an avid caver, having explored caves on six continents, is Vice-Chair of the Board of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, a past-director of the National Speleological Society (NSS), and an award-winning cave cartographer. Dr. Barton is currently a Fellow of the National Speleological Society, a Kavli Fellow of the US National Academy of Science, and Chair of the Committee on the Status of Women in Microbiology for the American Society for Microbiology. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Alice C. Evans Award for the advancement of women in science, and a member of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Dr. Andreas Pflisch, Bochum Ruhr University, Germany
Dr. Olivia Hershey, University of Akron, Ohio
Dr. Dwight Deal
Mike Wiles, Chief of Resource Mgmt, Jewel Cave



Register Now!

Full Registration includes Fri and Sat dinners/Fri, Sat, Sun events: Adult $85, Youth (12 and under) $50
Fri sessions and dinner – $35 Adult, $25 Youth
Sat sessions only – $30 Adult or Youth
Sat banquet only – $40 Adult, $25 Youth
Sun sessions only – $25 Adult or Youth




Schedule of Events

All activities take place at Custer High School unless otherwise noted

1645 Wildcat Lane | Custer, SD 57730

Schedule subject to change

Full Event Schedule 

Info for Lodging

Specials in Custer, SD

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a special rate for this occasion.
Please reserve by 5/27 to receive the rates below. Call the hotels directly and ask for the 200 Mile Celebration special to get the preferred rates!

Super 8 – $129/night
Arrival Date 06/27/2019 – Departure Date 07/01/2019

  • One King Bed- $129.00 + tax
  • Two Queen Beds- $129.00 + tax

Please call the hotel directly to book your reservation at (605) 269-0640

Best Western Buffalo Ridge Inn – $139/night
Arrival Date 06/27/2019 – Departure Date 07/01/2019

  • One King Bed- $139.00 + tax
  • Two Queen Beds- $139.00 + tax

Please call the hotel directly to book your reservation at (605) 673-2275

Comfort Inn – $149/night
Arrival Date 06/27/2019 – Departure Date 07/01/2019

  • One King Bed- $149.00 + tax
  • Two Queen Beds- $149.00 + tax

Please call the hotel directly to book your reservation at (605) 673-3221

Buffalo Ridge Campground – $30-59/ Night

  • Tent/ No electricity (6 people per site)- $30/ Night
  • 30 amp site- $49.00/ Night
  • 50 amp site- $59.00/ Night

Please call the campground directly to book your reservation at (605) 673-4664

The Black Hills National Forest offers dispersed camping for free on BHNF land. More information on dispersed camping and off-road driving can be found on their website:

There are many other lodging options in Custer to choose from, please go to


Payment Policy & Deadlines:

Full payment is required at the time of registration
The full early registration rate of $75 Adult or $40 Youth is available until April 30
Starting May 1, the full registration rate is $85 Adult and $50 Youth
Online registrations will close Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
Onsite registrations will be taken starting at noon, Friday, June 28, 2019

Refund Policy – in case of cancellation, half of your registration cost may be refunded with a written request.


This event is proudly hosted by these organizations.