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What is the Central Connecticut Grotto of the National Speleological Society?

The Central Connecticut Grotto (CCG) is a local chapter of The National Speleological Society (NSS). The CCG shares the goals of other NSS Grottos, which are to organize trips, offer training, practice cave conservation, and generally provide a framework for enjoying and studying caves. The Central Connecticut Grotto welcomes new members who are interested in caves and committed to cave conservation. Join us - our membership info is on our membership page.

Our Monthly Meetings

Meetings are open to anyone interested in caves and committed to cave conservation. At each meeting we discuss Grotto business, trip reports and plan future trips. Many meetings also have a presentation; either a talk, demonstration, slides, or video. It is not necessary to attend meetings to be a Grotto member, though we would like you to attend.

Location, Date, and Time of meetings can change. Non-members should confirm by calling a meeting contact number or emailing info@ctcavers.org, with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.



Sept 20, 2016 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates, 197 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032. See map at HRP and go to the new entrance.  Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For info and program, call 860-674-9570 (days) and ask for Bob Simmons or call Norm at 860-621-2080, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Aug 6, 2016 Saturday: Monthly Grotto Meeting and more
Note date and location. Rain date is Aug 7. An early afternoon meeting and day of recreation (kayaking, boating) at a members home on Long Island Sound in Gilford, CT. Detailed info will be send to members. Non-members, please email info@ctcavers.org and include "CCG meeting" in the subject line and include your name in the email body.

July 12, 2016 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Manchester, CT. Details are sent to members. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For directions, email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG meeting" in the subject line and include your name in the email body. For info call Ashley at 860-869-0932.

June 14, 2016 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates, 197 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032. See map at HRP and go to the new entrance.  Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For info and program, call 860-674-9570 (days) and ask for Bob Simmons or call Norm at 860-621-2080, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line. Note that this meeting is on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

May 11, 2016 Wednesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Manchester, CT. Details are sent to members. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For directions, email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG meeting" in the subject line.

April 12, 2016 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates, 197 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032. See map at HRP and go to the new entrance.  Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For info call 860-674-9570 (days) and ask for Bob Simmons or call Norm at 860-621-2080, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line. Note that this meeting is on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

March 15, 2016 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a Pazzo Cafe, 377 Cromwell Ave, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Menu: pazzoitaliancafe.net .

Feb 28, 2016 Sunday 9 am - 2 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting after Indoor Vertical Practice
Please see the Feb 28 activity in the right column.

Jan 19, 2016 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Manchester, CT. Details are sent to members. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. For directions, email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG meeting" in the subject line.

Past CCG activities and meetings:
    2007-2008  2009-2010  2011-2012  2013-2014  2015-2016

Connecticut Caves and Other Wonders

For info on Connecticut caves, nearby commercial caves, scout group caving, guided trips, classes, certifications, and local caving guidebooks please see our FAQ page.  Frequently Asked Questions

Officers and Committees (2016)

Contact officers at info@ctcavers.org.
More contact info is at About the CCG .

Chair - Ashley Pospisil
Vice Chair - Steve Millett
Treasurer - Norm Berg
Secretary - Alisa Werst
Webmaster - Norm Berg
Membership - Diane Lucas
Safety - Doug Truitt
Conservation - Lee DeValle
Vertical - Felicia Millett
Equipment - Steve Millett
Newsletter (the Underground Movement) - Danny Brass
Member at Large - Jansen Cardy

Steve in Roxbury Mine

Steve in Roxbury Mine

Tory's Cave

Tory's Cave - a Connecticut Cave

CCG and non-CCG Activities and Events

Notice of caving restrictions due to bat illness (WNS):

In the effort to control the spread of WNS and enable the recovery of the bat population, many caves in the Northeast are closed to visitors during the bat hibernation season.

All caver are asked to follow cleaning and disinfection procedures, which can be found at  White Nose Syndrome Page Thank you for your cooperation.



The CCG runs more activities than are listed here. Become a CCG member and receive emailed announcements of all CCG activities. If you are a member and are not getting CCG email (about 5-10/month) please email info@ctcavers.org 

Sept 16-18, 2016:  2016 Fall NRO
Fall meeting of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization), hosted by the Helderburg-Hudson Grotto will be held at Hide-A-Way campsites (http://www.hideawaycampsites.com/index.html) in Central Bridge NY. Along with caving there are hiking trails, biking and kayaking nearby as well as some local attractions. Details at: http://caves.org/region/nro/index.html

July 29-31, 2016: CCG McFail's Caving Weekend
McFail's Cave is the largest cave in the Northeast and the first cave owned by the National Speleological Society. The CCG is hosting its annual weekend of caving in Schoharie New York, with the focus on getting intermediate cavers with vertical experience into McFail's Cave. If you are interested in joining or leading a beginner level trip this weekend please reply and let us know. There are many other caves in the area including Benson's Cave, Schoharie Cavern, Ball's Cave, Spider Cave and Vanfliet's Cave that groups can visit. We will be camping at the Schoharie Cabin on Friday and Saturday evenings. The CCG has gear that new cavers can borrow. RSVP is required. For RSVP, directions, and gear borrowing, contact Steve Millett at info@ctcavers.org and put "Schoharie" in the subject line. Info on the Schoharie Caverns Preserve: https://caves.org/preserves/schoh/schohari.shtml

July 16-23, 2016: NSS Convention in Ely, Nevada. http://nss2016.caves.org/

May 20-22, 2016:  Spring 2016 NRO
Spring meeting of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization) hosted by the Boston Grotto at Historic Valley Campground in North Adams, MA. More info is at  Spring 2016 NRO  If this is your first NRO, check out What is an NRO?.

May 1, 2016 Sunday: Clarksville Cave
Clarksville Cave begcinners trip. For info about the cave see Clarksville and a search of the web will bring up photos and videos. The CCG has gear that new cavers can borrow. If interested please contact Ashley and Alisa at info@ctcavers.org and put "Clarksville" in the subject line. Include your name and phone number in the email.

April 30, 2016 Saturday: Beginner / Intermediate Vertical Caving Workshop in Central Connecticut. Focus will be primarily on teaching the basic skills for accessing the typical vertical caves that we have in the Northeast. Please RSVP if interested so we can better estimate the need for grotto vertical gear and people to help with the training. For more info including the meeting time and place, please email info@ctcavers.org and put "Vertical Workshop" in the subject line. Include your name in the email.

April 23-24, 2016  Orientation To Cave Rescue Class
The New Jersey Initial Response Team will be hosting an Orientation To Cave Rescue class on April 23-24, 2016. This is an excellent training for area cavers and rescue team members to learn about the special challenges presented when rescuing someone from the cave environment. Further Information and registration form are available here: OCR 2016 Info and Registration Form

March 6, 2016 Sunday:  NCC Board Meeting
A board meeting of the Northeastern Cave Conservancy, at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center Building, Canaan, CT. See the NCC website for more info http://www.necaveconservancy.org

Feb 28, 2016 Sunday 9 am - 2 pm: Indoor Vertical Practice followed by CCG February meeting
We will be holding a vertical practice at Prime Climb in Wallingford, CT. Come practice your rope skills with us at this indoor rock climbing gym. We will have a rappel wall set up for basic ascending/descending, passing a rope pad and getting over a lip, changeovers, etc; there will also be a rebelay course. Learn some new skills or refine what you already know. The January CCG meeting will begin at 1 PM at Prime Climb.

The cost to attend the vertical practice is $12. You must be a grotto member to participate. Newcomers are welcome to join CCG when they arrive. There is no cost to attend the CCG meeting.

If interested in the vertical practice, please email your name and phone to info@ctcavers.org with "Vertical Practice" in the subject line. We will email or call you with more info.

Past CCG activities and meetings:
    2007-2008  2009-2010  2011-2012  2013-2014  2015-2016

Carpenter Pit

Carpenter Pit