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Membership Categories & Annual Fees

Individual Members

Receive the monthly caving magazine, the NSS News (example in pdf format) ; the scientific Journal of Cave and Karst Studies three times a year; the annual membership directory; and American Caving Accidents. Membership also entitles you to audiovisual and printed library privileges and NSS Bookstore discounts.

Regular 1 year: $40 2 years: $78 3 years: $115
(Over 17 years; all privileges of membership)
Associate 1 year: $30 2 years: $58 3 years: $86
(Under 17 and, optionally, full-time students. Non-Voting)
Sustaining 1 year: $120 2 years: $238 3 years: $355
(Regular membership, with $80.00 credited towards Life membership each year)
Conservation 1 year: $125 2 years: $250 3 years: $375
(The difference between the regular dues and the Conservation dues will be applied specifically to NSS conservation and education programs and activities)
Life $800
(Regular membership privileges for life for a single payment)
Conservation Life
(An additional payment of $1,000 made by any type of Life Member)
Institutional $99
(Educational and scientific organizations, show caves, etc.)
Basic 1 year: $24 2 years: $47 3 years: $68
(Over 17 years old, privileges of Regular membership, but without the NSS News and the Journal)

Family Membership

Family members have the privileges of individual membership, but do not receive publications. To qualify for the family discount, Family members must reside at the same address as a member, and they must pay dues at the same time as that member and for the same number of years.

Family Regular 1 year: $10 2 years: $19 3 years: $27
(17 and over)
Family Associate 1 year: $8 2 years: $15 3 years: $22
(Under 17. Optional for full-time students. May not vote or hold office)
Family Sustaining 1 year: $50 2 years: $99 3 years: $146
($36.00 credited toward Family Life Membership each year. Must be married to a Life, Sustaining, Outstanding Service, or Honorary member)
Family Life $400
(Must be married to a Life, Outstanding Service, or Honorary member. One-time payment)

International Postage Surcharge: (except Family and Life Members)
  • Canada and Mexico: Basic +$5/year; All Others $16/year
  • All other countries: Basic +$10/year; All Others $39/year
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