has developed the brochures below about the Society, caves, and
caving. You may freely download and print the brochures, or complete
the request form below to receive hard copies from the NSS Office.
brochures are in portable document form (PDF )
format. To view them, you will need Adobe Reader, which is available
as a free download here.
Information Brochure 1.51 MB
New for 2011!
about the Society's diverse programs, activities, and aspects of
speleology in which members are involved. Understand the benefits
of membership in the Society, and the value of membership to caves,
caving, and speleology.
to Resp. Caving (color) 614 KB
to Resp. Caving (b&w) 732 KB
discusses caves and the many elements of the sport of caving. Exploring
caves is becoming increasingly popular in all areas of the world,
and caving responsibly is more important now than ever. Discussions
include safety, training, and learning to reduce the detrimental effect
cavers can have on caves and cave owner relations.
Underground (color) 366 KB
(b&w) 464 KB
are the world's most remote and fragile wilderness. They provide
irreplaceable habitats for rare plants and animals, some of which
spend their entire lives in complete darkness. On its way to our
drinking supply, water often travels through caves into wells, springs,
and aquifers, the source of most of our drinking water. A cave’s
intricate passageways and dramatic formations offer ex-quisite scenery
and fascinating opportunities for research and mapping. Many caves
also pre-serve fragile prehistoric and historic records for millennia
Tube Caves (color) 1.0 MB
Lava Tube Caves (b&w) 429
play important roles in our eco-system, our history, and our culture.
Caves formed in lava are found where volcanoes have produced certain
types of flowing lava--western United States, Canary Islands, Italy,
Japan, Korea, Kenya, Australia, Pacific Ocean islands, and other
volcanic hot spots. The islands of Hawaii harbor some of the world’s
most spectacular lava tubes.
Youth Group Caving 1.2 MB
A policy statement and guidelines on caving, pre-pared by the Youth Groups Liaison Committee of the National Speleological Society and the Boy Scouts of America.
Youth Group Caving; Legal Issues and General Info for the
Experienced Caver 22.6 KB
Information for Youth Group Leaders and
Caving Equipment; A Discussion for Youth Group Leaders and Parents 19.2KB
Equipment Checklist 18.5KB
(These 5 publications are not available for bulk order, but intended for home printing.)
Brochure (color) 316KB
Bats Brochure (b&w) 408 KB
Bats are among the most
beneficial yet mis-understood mammals. They control insect populations,
pollinate cacti and tropical fruit trees, and are important to medical
and scientific advances. Sadly, bat colonies throughout the world
are declining drastically as humans, intentionally and unintentionally,
endanger bats and disturb their habitats. Bats are extraordinary
in a number of ways.
WNS Brochure 146 KB
Information that can be passed out to cave owners, unaffiliated cavers, and others to spread awareness of the issue. (Not available for bulk order, but intended for home printing.)
The annual, and sometimes biennial, report by the Board of Governors on the state of the Society.
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