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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, with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

June 25, 2019 Tuesday 6-9 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
At Winding Trails in Farmington, CT. Please join us for a beautiful summer evening cookout and vertical practice. If you are not a CCG member, please call Veronica at 860-620-7521, or email with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line to let us know you will or may attend.

May 21, 2019 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 in the rear.  Non-member cavers and future cavers are welcome. Program is: "How to Organize and Lead Caving Trips in the Northeast" plus Mike Sandone and Steve Millett will be doing a presentation on the Roxbury Mine. For more info call Veronica at 860-620-7521, or email 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 (2019)

Contact officers at
More contact info is at About the CCG .

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

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.

Sept 13-15, 2019:  2019 Fall NRO in Central Bridge, NY
CCG is hosting the Fall meeting of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization) at Hide-a-way Campsites in Central Bridge New York. Since we are the hosts, we are looking for support from Connecticut cavers to help run the event and lead caving trips. More info is at Fall 2019 NRO Facebook Page If this is your first NRO, check out What is an NRO?. This will be a fun weekend of caving and camping in the in the heart of the New York Caving area. Email  with "Fall 2019 NRO" in the subject line for more info.

July 26-28, 2019: CCG Summer Caving Weekend in Schoharie, NY and Vicinity
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 Millett at  with "Schorarie 2019" in the subject line. Info on the Schoharie Caverns Preserve:

July 19-21, 2019: Small Party Assisted Rescue Training in Voorheesville, NY
The NCRC Small Party Assisted Rescue Course (SPAR) is an intensive three-day introduction to cave rescue techniques that can be performed by a party of six or less persons, using minimal gear normally carried on caving trips. This course teaches students how to handle common problems that arise while caving, provide basic medical care, move patients through obstacles, help persons who are stuck on rope, build and operate hauling and lowering systems, and prepare for and prevent problems with limited equipment and personnel. Not just limited to rigging, the goals of the course are to prepare cavers for survival in cave incidents and entrapments, to make decisions concerning self-extrication, and provide the technical skills necessary to help an injured, but conscious, person out of the cave through horizontal and vertical obstacles. Registration and more is at NCRC SPAR NY EVENT FLYER.

July 4-7, 2019: West Virginia Caving
CCG Grotto member Jose Martinez is planning to celebrate the 4th of July down at the West Virginia Association for Cave Studies field house. The field house is surrounded by hundreds of miles of caves. Email  with "West Virginia Caving" in the subject line if you are interested in joining this trip.

June 17-19, 2019: NSS Convention in Cookeville, TN Tennessee cavers are proud to be hosting the 2019 NSS Convention which will be held in Cookeville, Tennessee on June 17-21, 2019. Cookeville is located in the center of the Highland Rim of the Cumberland Plateau. From this location, Cookeville is the near centroid of Tennessee's 10,000+ cave locations. There are literally thousands of caves within a 50-mile radius of Cookeville and many of them are showcase caves.

June 14-16, 2019: Bat Fest 6 in Cambridge, NY
CCG member Brian Taylor is holding his 6th annual weekend of Music, Friends, Food, Caving and Camping at his home in Cambridge NY. Cambridge is located near some great New York, Massachusetts and Vermont caves and hiking trails. The event is posted on facebook at Email  with "Bat Fest 6" in the subject line if you are interested in joining this trip.

June 1, 2019: Clarksville Cave in Clarksville, NY
Clarksville gave is our favorite for introducing people into the sport of caving. It has a great variety of cave features and passages and is great for beginners and still very fun for more experienced cavers as well. Email  with "Clarksville Cave" in the subject line if you are interested in joining this trip.

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

Carpenter Pit

Carpenter Pit