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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 - 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.



June 27, 2018 Wednesday 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

May 23, 2018 Wednesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Southington, 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.

April 24, 2018 Tuesday 5:30 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At the IT Ropes Course at Jordan's Furniture in New Haven. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome.

Mar 15, 2018 Thursday 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Feb 20, 2018 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Jan 16, 2018 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line. This meeting will feature a presentation from one of our members about caving in France.

Past CCG activities and meetings:
    2007-2008  2009-2010  2011-2012  2013-2014  2015-2016  2017-2018 

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 (2018)

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

Chair - Ashley Pospisil
Vice Chair - Veronica Sassu Laviero
Treasurer - Norm Berg
Secretary - Alisa Werst
Webmaster - Ian Preston
Membership - Diane Lucas
Safety - Doug Truitt
Conservation - Amanda Cooper
Vertical - Felicia Millett
Equipment - Steve Millett
Newsletter (the Underground Movement) - Danny Brass
Member at Large - Blasť LaSala

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 

Aug 16-19, 2018: NSS Members Weekend at the Schoharie Caverns Nature Preserve
The CCG, which is the Connecticut chapter of the National Speleological Society, is hosting a NSS Members weekend at the Schoharie Caverns Nature Preserve. This event is open to all active members of the NSS (throughout USA and beyond) and it is a chance for cavers from distant areas to come and visit some of the caves we have here in the Northeast. Cavers from CCG and other neighboring grottos will provide led trips to many of the nearby caves, including Mcfails Cave which is actually the first cave ever owned by the NSS. To RSVP, visit http://caves.org/grotto/ccg/nssmembersweekend.

July 30 - Aug 3, 2018: NSS Convention in Helena, Montana. http://nss2018.caves.org/

July 20-22, 2018:  CCG Summer Caving Weekend
Trips may include Gages, McFails, Schoharie, Merlins and others. Hopefully there will be enough trip leaders for trips of various skill levels. 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 Millet at info@ctcavers.org and put "Schoharie 2018" in the subject line. Info on the Schoharie Caverns Preserve: https://caves.org/preserves/schoh/schohari.shtml

June 1-3, 2018:  2018 Spring NRO
Regional caving organization event, sponsored by the Northern New Jersey Grotto, in Hancock, Massachusetts. Opportunity to visit regional caves & mingle with local & visiting cavers. Guided & self led trips will be available. More info is at  Spring 2018 NRO  If this is your first NRO, check out What is an NRO?.

March 18, 2018 Sunday:  Vertical Practice by RSVP only
Time and location will be announced to those who RSVP, and will be determined based on weather. This small group practice will focus on basic skills such as safety on rope, equipment awareness, climbing with the frog system and rappelling. Volunteers to help with bottom belays and other tasks are needed. Location will be in central Connecticut. RSVP by emailing: info@ctcavers.org

March 18, 2018 Sunday:  NCC Board Meeting
A board meeting of the Northeastern Cave Conservancy, at the Mass Wildlife offices in Dalton, MA. See the NCC website for more info http://www.necaveconservancy.org

Past CCG activities and meetings:
    2007-2008  2009-2010  2011-2012  2013-2014  2015-2016  2017-2018 

Carpenter Pit

Carpenter Pit