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

!! Monthly meetings are on the 3rd Thursday. !!

Caving Calendar

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Ongoing Projects are listed: HERE -- (former area-wide calendar site.)

Some Upcoming Highlights:

July 25 (Mon), 8:00p: PSC meeting, at the Walter Reed Community Center in Arlington.   See Map/Directions.   See the PSC Website.   Program: T. B. A.

July 31: Deadline for your submitted paperwork to join the Robertson Association (TRA), so you can attend OTR as a real person, rather than lowly "guest".   See below, and www.otr.org for the required forms.

Aug 18 (Thu): Doug Duncan's annual kids caving trip, this year to Whitings Neck. Yes, it is a weekday. Kids of all ages are welcome, but this is probably not as 3-yr-old friendly as Donaldson was last year. Novice adults are also welcome. Trip should end in time for the meeting in Bethesda. Details to follow.

Aug 18 (Thu): Informal meeting at: The Rock Bottom Brewery/Restaurant in Bethesda (at 7900 Norfolk Av., corner of St.Elmo Av.), less than 3 blocks from our previous HTC venue. See: details & directions. Arrive around 6:15p to allow time to order, eat, and socialize, before the main focus of the 7:30p meeting.

Sept 1 - 5:   O.T.R. - 67th annual Old Timers Reunion. Theme for 2016 is: "Animal House". See the blurb: OTR 2016 Info. [PDF]   This is for TRA members and their guests only. If you want to avoid guest fees, etc., then get your application forms in well before July 31.   Further info on TRA membership (with forms) is at the "Become a Member" page.   (And read the instructions carefully...)

Sept 15 (Thu), 7:30p: General meeting: Chevy Chase Community Ctr. in DC.
  See: details and directions.   At 6:00p or 6:15p, there will be an optional pre-meeting dinner, at very nearby American City Diner, which (from the Community Ctr.) is on the opposite side of CT Av. & a full-block south, at #5532.   Program: T.B.A.   After the meeting & program, we'll adjourn to the Chevy Chase Lounge (1-1/2 blocks south of the CCCC at 5510 CT-Av.), to continue the socializing!

Sept 23 - 25:   Fall MAR at Woodward Cave & Campground, Woodward, PA (Centre County). Hosted By: Bald Eagle Grotto . . . their 30th Anniv.

Sep-30 - Oct-2:   Fall VAR at Poorfarm in Greenbrier Co., WV. Hosted by Greenbrier Valley Grotto. More info coming soon.

2017:

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

2018:

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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