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

Monthly meetings are on the 3rd Thursday. Ongoing Regional Projects are: HERE.

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Some Upcoming Highlights:

Mar 27 (4th Mon), 8:00p: PSC meeting, at Arlington Co. main Library (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va).   See the PSC Website.

Apr 14 - 16:   Easter wkend -- Annual cave trips by the Canadians, using the PSC Fieldhouse. Participation of local US cavers is limited to 12 cavers. Sign up with Doug Duncan.

Apr 15 (Sat): VAR Easter Restoration at Grand Caverns.
  See Promo-Page and/or Mailed-Flyer.

Apr 20 (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 28 - 30:   Spring VAR at Thorn Spring Park (early '70s OTR site), near Franklin, WV.   See the Main Blurb, and the Pre-Reg Form. [PDF]

May 26 - 29:   Kentucky Speleofest

June 2 - 4:   Joint MAR/NRO get-together at Indian Lookout County Club, Cobleskill, NY (Schoharie County). Hosted by Philadelphia Grotto & Central Connecticut Grotto. (Also, It's Philadelphia Grotto's 70th Anniversary). Further details may appear: Here.

June 23 - 25 : 14th annual PSC Jamboree, at PSC's Lutz Fieldstation, w. of Frost, WV.

June 19 - 23:   NSS   2017 Convention in Rio Rancho, NM.   (On Facebook)

July 23 - 29:   17th International Congress of Speleology, in Sydney, Australia. See the Info and Registration pages.

Sep 22 - 24:   Fall VAR at Mountain Institute on Spruce Knob (Pendleton Co., WV) Hosted by Pine Mountain Grotto.


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

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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