After being closed for two years because of fears of white nose syndrome, Maquoketa Caves will be hosting the grand opening for cave tours and exploration on April 14, 2012.

According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the theme is “Pancakes in the Park,” and breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to  noon by the Friends of Maquoketa Caves. Proceeds will be put toward improvements in the park.

Programs and activities will start at 9 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. Naturalists will be on hand to provide the White Nose Syndrome Education Awareness Program that park visitors will be required to attend before exploring the caves in the park.

There will be demonstrations on the process of making maple syrup, also Dutch Oven programs, geocaching, Tours of Old Ranger Stone House. Park staff will be handing out a 150 trees for children to plant at home to jump start Earth Day.