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Traveling workshops at the Caves

Along the route of the caves, and other routes of interest, there will be alternating stretches of walking and stages where you can observe some particularly significant phenomena or aspects of the place, experimenting with educational materials and applying scientific research techniques.

The proposals are designed with at least half a day available, starting from the car park in Piazza Maronese (Fregona cemetery). The activity includes trail 1037/ “del Pont de Fer” as part of the educational workshop itself. Different activities can be combined, so you can spend the whole day in the park.


The topics of the workshops

Like a real geologist

Why did some people choose to begin extracting the "piera dolza" here centuries ago? What are the peculiar characteristics that differentiate it from other rocks? This question will be the starting point to be able to compare the rocks present in the area with other samples from all over the world, identify their characteristics and experiment with their properties. Attention will then be paid to particular phenomena that can be observed thanks to the deposition of calcium carbonate.

Let's settle in better

What characteristics allow us to describe a habitat? And how can we study it scientifically? The route of the caves offers the possibility of observing many microenvironments which have different characteristics regarding exposure, radiation, temperature, availability of water, presence of soil etc., which will provide the opportunity to discover limiting factors and draw up a special map of the habitat.

The plants of the Caves

Light is an essential element for plant life and walking along the path of the caves allows you to study how they are distributed (quantitatively and qualitatively) based on solar radiation. The laboratory also wants to study the relationship between the plants present, the availability of water and the type of soil, to understand adaptations and variability in the plant kingdom.

Life in the water

The waters of the Caglieron stream have determined the presence of specific plants and animals that the students will try to collect and sample to identify their ecological characteristics and particular adaptations. It will be an opportunity to think about scientific investigation methods and how to estimate the quality of water based on the organisms present. Workshop that can be carried out in the months from April to June and September-October.


The laboratory wants to address the concept of biodiversity through the collection of data on the presence of living organisms and the processing with diversity indices. This will allow students to identify the characteristics that determine more or less high values of biodiversity and have a concrete and numerically measurable perception of an often abstract and difficult to understand concept.

Caves and archaeology, a close relationship

An itinerant activity in which the Caglieron Caves are taken as a concrete example to reason and directly test various aspects of the relationship between man and cave. Through several stages, studied in relation to the characteristics of the caves and cavities that can be visited, the participants carry out experimental archeology and archaeological didactic activities to discover how the caves were exploited in prehistory, how the stone material was extracted in the various historical periods, as in In antiquity, environments of this type were inhabited, just as archaeologists can reconstruct human presence and activities by digging in a cave.

Piai Castle

An itinerant activity aimed at making participants think about various aspects relating to the castle structure: the strategic choice of its positioning, the aspects strictly linked to the building techniques and the materials used for its construction, its internal organization and the functions of the various environments that characterized it, the local medieval history in relation to the general one. A multidisciplinary laboratory in which modern and ancient cartography, georeferencing applications, survey cards are used and attempts are made to interpret some historical documents... all during a pleasant excursion to Piai Castle.