District of Columbia Grotto
of the
National Speleological Society
... exploration, study, and conservation of caves.
Organized DC-area caving since 1939.
Some recent pics are on our Facebook group. Click on the 'f'.
Others are listed here: Event Photos
Latest USFS results on "Decon" testing of vertical equipment is Here.

Caving Calendar  Multi-Org. Calendar Ongoing Region Projects

(Monthly DCG meetings are on the 3rd Thursday.)

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Some Upcoming Highlights:

Mar 26 (4th Mon), 8:00p: PSC meeting.   See PSC Website.

Mar 31 (Sat): Day trip to Jones Quarry Cave (approx. 1-hour from DC area). MountainDave will be showing us around, so you know its going to be a good time! Anyone in the DC-area caving clubs, including DCG, PSC, BATS, and TTC, are invited. Trip is limited to ~12 participants, with priority to novices (people who have caved 0-3 times). Please contact Nina Rao for any questions.

Apr 6-8: PSC Spring Party & Caving Weekend, at the PSC Smokehole Fieldhouse.   For all the details, see the Flyer. [PDF]

Apr 13-15: Orientation to Cave Rescue, at Chimney Rock St. Park, NC.
Organized by Eastern Region of the National Cave Rescue Commission (NCRC).
See the NC-Flyer and/or NC-Registration Form.

Apr 19 (3rd Thu): Informal meeting at: The Rock Bottom Brewery/Restaurant in Bethesda (at 7900 Norfolk Av., corner of St.Elmo Av). See: details & directions.   Arrive around 6:15p to allow time to order, eat, and socialize, before the main focus of the 7:30p meeting.

Apr 21 (Sat): Spring Cleaning at Grand Caverns.

Apr 27-29: Spring VAR at Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center, Marion, VA (adjacent to Hungry Mother State Park). Hosted by Walker Mountain Grotto. Event details and flyer are being developed Here. See: Pre-Registration & Map.

May 17 (3rd Thu), 7:30p: Regular meeting at Chevy Chase Community Ctr.,
in DC, at 5601 Connecticut Ave NW.   See: Directions.   Program: T.B.D.
Pre-mtg.: Dining by Early-Birds will start at 6:00p or 6:15p, at very nearby American City Diner, on the opp. side of CT Av. at #5532 (1-block south).
Post-mtg.: We may adjourn to the Chevy Chase Lounge (1.5 blocks south, at 5510 CT-Av.), to continue the socializing!

June 22-24: 15th annual PSC Jamboree, at Lutz Fieldstation, nr. Frost, WV.

June 22-24: Orientation to Cave Rescue, at Chambersburg, PA.
Organized by Eastern Region of the National Cave Rescue Commission (NCRC).
See the PA-Flyer and/or PA-Registration Form.

July 29 - Aug 4:   NSS   2018 Convention in Helena, MT.   (On Facebook)

Nov 2-4: PSC Fall Party, at the Smokehole Fieldhouse.

June 17-21: NSS 2019 Convention at Cookeville, Tennessee.

Event Photos

Bat Die-off Crisis

Something is causing the death of huge numbers of bats, seemingly associated with White Nose Syndrome, starting in the Northeast, and having spread into PA, WV, and VA.   With the possibility of human cave visitation assisting this spread, precautions include cave closures (check the VAR Closed Cave List prior to any trip), and de-contamination of all cave gear before and after visiting any open cave.  For lots more information, visit any of these links:

Trout Rock Bat Counts

Click here to see the results of the annual bat counts in Trout, Hamilton, and New Trout caves in Pendleton County, W.V.

T-shirts: Although the 31-Jan-2010 deadline for ordering has passed, info about the 70-years of DC-area organized caving commemorative T-shirt is still Here.

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