CCG logo CCG Banner, design by Merrill Ann Gonzales 2007 CCG logo

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 16 2020 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
We will host "A Special Evening with Roger Brucker" in place of the usual meeting. CCG members will get an email before the meeting. For more info please contact Veronica at 860-620-7521, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

May 19 2020 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
We will have an online meeting. CCG members will get an email before the meeting. For more info please contact Veronica at 860-620-7521, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

April 21 2020 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
We will have an online meeting. CCG members will get an email before the meeting. For more info please contact Veronica at 860-620-7521, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

March 2020 Monthly Grotto Meeting
No meeting this month do to closures and avoiding gatherings.

Feb 18, 2020 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
Please call for location. Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. Program TBA. For more info call Veronica at 860-620-7521, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At HRP Associates, 197 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032. See map at HRP and go to entrance in the rear.  Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. Program TBA. For more info call Veronica at 860-620-7521, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Dec 14, 2019 Saturday 5 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting with Elections and Holiday Party
This meeting is at a member's house in East Hartford. Food and chat starting at 5 PM. Meeting at 7 PM. Details are sent to members. Non-members, please 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  2017-2018  2019-2020 

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 (2020)

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

Chair - Veronica Sassu Laviero
Vice Chair - Steve Millett
Treasurer - Alisa Werst
Secretary - Jeff Laviero
Webmaster - Norm Berg
Membership - Diane Lucas
Safety - Doug Truitt
Conservation - Mike Sandone
Vertical - Felicia Millett
Equipment - Steve Millett
Newsletter (the Underground Movement) - Danny Brass
Member at Large - vacant

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 

Due to Covid-19, some of the event listed below may have been cancelled or postponed. 

July 27 - 31, 2020: NSS Convention in Elkins, West Virginia
https://nsscon2020.org/ The annual NSS speleology and caving conference. Elkins is a 9 hour drive from Hartford. Registration is open!

June 12 - 20, 2020: Cave Rescue Operations and Management Seminar in Voorheesville, NY
http://ncrc.info/ This seminar consists of extensive fieldwork and classroom instruction in all phases of cave rescue. Training topics include underground environment, vertical rescue, hauling systems, extrication techniques, medical management, communication systems, and the organization and management of cave rescue operations. On the final day of training, the students are in charge of a large-scale mock rescue.

March 8, 2020 Sunday:  NCC Board Meeting
A board meeting of the Northeastern Cave Conservancy, in Saugerties, NY. See the NCC website for more info http://www.necaveconservancy.org

Feb 1, 2020 Saturday 8 pm - Sunday 8 am Indoor Vertical Practice and overnight at Prime Climb
Join us for an overnight vertical practice focusing on basic skills, climbing, rappelling, change-overs, rebelays and more! Volunteers to help with bottom belays and other tasks are needed. There is a fee. RSVP is necessary. For more info please email: info@ctcavers.org and put "CCG Climbing" in the subject line.
Location: Prime Climb 340 Quinnipiac Street Bldg 28, Wallingford, CT 06492

Dec 8, 2019 Sunday:  NCC Board Meeting
A board meeting of the Northeastern Cave Conservancy, in Schoharie, NY. See the NCC website for more info http://www.necaveconservancy.org

Sept 29, 2019 Sunday:  NCC Board Meeting
A board meeting of the Northeastern Cave Conservancy, in Schoharie, NY. See the NCC website for more info http://www.necaveconservancy.org

Sept 21-22, 2019: Orientation to Cave Rescue in Knox, NY
This is a 2-day class geared to get cavers and agency folks working together and covering the basics of cave rescue. After this course you will be able to identify what ICS is, the impact of hypothermia on cave rescue, briefly touch upon Comms, Search, Initial response, Entrapment, and have experience moving a litter through a cave and will participate in a practice rescue on Sunday. This course consists of classroom and field work. All students are required to participate in all portions of the course, but training can be modified due to personal physical needs. Registration and more is at NCRC New York Registration.

Past CCG activities and meetings:
    2007-2008  2009-2010  2011-2012  2013-2014  2015-2016  2017-2018  2019-2020 

Carpenter Pit

Carpenter Pit