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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 19, 2017 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.

Aug 26, 2017 Saturday: Monthly Grotto Meeting and more
Note date and location. No rain date. 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 18, 2017 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Cheshire, 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 13, 2017 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.

May 16, 2017 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.

April 25, 2017 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.

March 28, 2017 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or email  info@ctcavers.org with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

Feb 21, 2017 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.

Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday 7 pm: Monthly Grotto Meeting
This meeting is at a member's home in Willington, 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.

Dec 10, 2016 Saturday evening: 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 and elections for 2017 officers at 7 PM. Details are sent to members. Non-members, please email info@ctcavers.org with "CCG meeting" in the subject line.

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

Oct 18, 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 Ashley at 860-869-0932, or 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 (2017)

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

Chair - Ashley Pospisil
Vice Chair - Jamie Henderson
Treasurer - Norm Berg
Secretary - Alisa Werst
Webmaster - Norm Berg
Membership - Diane Lucas
Safety - Doug Truitt
Conservation - Amanda Cooper
Vertical - Felicia Millett
Equipment - Steve Millett
Newsletter (the Underground Movement) - Danny Brass
Member at Large - Emily Ray

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 8-10, 2017:  2017 Fall NRO
This fall gathering of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization) is hosted by the Vermont Cavers Assoc and held at Howell's Campground in Arlington, VT. More info at http://vermontcavers.org/ and What is an NRO.pdf

Labor Day weekend, 2017: Old Timer's Reunion (OTR)
Held in Dailey, WV. More info at otr.org

July 28-30, 2017: CCG Summer Caving Weekend
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, and Spider 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 "CCG Schoharie" in the subject line.

June 19-23, 2017: 2017 NSS Convention
Held in Rio Rancho, NM http://nss2017.caves.org/

June 2-4, 2017:  2017 Spring NRO/MAR
This spring meeting of the NRO (Northeastern Regional Organization) and MAR (Mid-Applicaction Region, hosted by the Central Connecticut Grotto and the Philadelphia Grotto at Indian Lookout Country Club in Pattersonville, NY. Along with caving there are hiking trails, biking, and historical attractions nearby. Details at: http://ctcavers.org/NRO-MAR-2017.htm

May 20, 2017 Saturday: Clarksville Cave
Clarksville Cave beginners 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 email info@ctcavers.org and put "Clarksville" in the subject line. Include your name and phone number in the email.

May 6-7, 2017:  Orientation To Cave Rescue Class - Albany area
The Albany-Schoharie Cave Rescue Team will be hosting an Orientation To Cave Rescue class on May 6-7, 2017. 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 is available here: OCR Info and Registration

April 23-24, 2017:  Orientation To Cave Rescue Class - Clinton, NJ
The New Jersey Initial Response Team will be hosting an Orientation To Cave Rescue class on April 22-23, 2017. 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 is available here: OCR Info and Registration

Feb 26, 2017 Sunday 9 am - noon: Indoor Vertical Practice
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 cost to attend the vertical practice is $12-$15. You must be a grotto member to participate. Newcomers are welcome to join CCG when they arrive.
If interested in the vertical practice, you must RSVP by email to info@ctcavers.org with "Vertical Practice" in the subject line. We will email or call you with more info.

Sept 25, 2016 Sunday: 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.

Sept 24, 2016 Saturday: Clarksville Cave
Clarksville Cave beginners 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 email info@ctcavers.org and put "Clarksville" in the subject line. Include your name and phone number in the email.

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

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

Carpenter Pit

Carpenter Pit