The Maquoketa Caves will open on April 14 for the first time since 2010.
The caves were closed out of fear that humans were partially responsible for spreading a fungus called White Nose Syndrome, which has killed more than 5.5 million bats in North America.
In order to enter the Maquoketa Caves, visitors will first need to attend an informative program about the risks of White Nose Syndrome.
For more information on White Nose Syndrome, check out our radio segment here.
Read the Iowa DNR’s full press release about the Maquoketa Caves’ reopening here.