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

Caving Calendars:  Multi-Org. NSS Ongoing Region Projects

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(Monthly DCG meetings are on the 3rd Thursday.)
Some Upcoming Highlights:
2019:

Oct 17 (3rd Thu): Informal meeting, at our newer venue:  The Old Dominion Brewhouse at 6504 America Blvd, Hyattsville, MD 20782.  It's about a block from the Prince George's Plaza Metro Station which is also the next one south of College Park.  Parking is free onsite in a parking garage, but only for two hours ... after that there is a $5 fee (you can "repark" to save the $5).  Brewhouse info: Website, on Facebook,   Phone: 301-887-1818

Oct 26 (Sat): The Baltimore Grotto great Pumpkin Treasure Hunt
( outrageous caving/puzzle-solving/scavenger-hunt/road-rally ), at
Thorn Spring Park (early '70s OTR site), near Franklin, WV.  
Also on Facebook, but no recent activity there.

Nov 1 - 3 : PSC Fall Costume Party, at the PSC Fieldhouse, Upper Tract, WV.
All the details are on this Invitation. [PDF]

Nov 9 (Sat): WVCC banquet in Lewisburg, WV. Everyone is invited to attend.
All the details are in the Flyer. [PDF]

Nov 21 (3rd Thu), 7:30p: Regular meeting at Chevy Chase Community Ctr.,
in DC, at 5601 Connecticut Ave NW.   See: Directions.  Program: T. B. A.
Post-mtg.: We may adjourn to the Chevy Chase Lounge (1.5 blocks south, at 5510 CT-Av.), to continue the socializing!

Nov 25 (4th Mon), 7:30p: PSC meeting, at the Arlington Central Library. See PSC Website.

Dec 7 (Sat): DCG Holiday Banquet at Westleigh Rec Club, as in recent years.

Dec 14 (Sat): Baltimore Grotto Holiday Banquet.  

2020:

July 27-31 (tentative): NSS 2020 Convention at Elkins, WV.   Date is tentative. Details to follow.

Event Photos

Bat Die-off Crisis

A fungus has caused 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.

Banquet Assignments: The determination of "who-brings-what" to each year's December banquet changes each year. The methodology for making the assignments is explained: Here.

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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