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 Calendars:  Multi-Org. NSS Ongoing Region Projects

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

Nov 26 (4th Mon), 7:30p: PSC meeting.   See PSC Website.

Dec 1 (Sat): DCG Holiday Banquet at Westleigh Rec Club, as in recent years.
Join us at this fine social event, with a presentation by Corey Hackley re MX.
All the details and directions are in this: Flyer. [PDF]

Dec 8 (Sat): Baltimore Grotto Holiday Banquet.   Details about the what, where, and how are available on Balt.G's banquet-page.


Jan 17 (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!

June 17-21: NSS 2019 Convention at Cookeville, Tennessee.
See the host's Website or Facebook-Page.

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

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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