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 Calendar

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

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Some Upcoming Highlights:

Jan 19 (3rd 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: Overview presentation on Elkhorn Mountain Cave (Grant Co., WV) by Ed Devine.   Post-meeting, we may adjourn to the Chevy Chase Lounge (1-1/2 blocks south of the CCCC at 5510 CT-Av.), to continue the socializing!

Jan 23 (4th Mon), 7:30p: PSC meeting, at Arlington Co. Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA.   See the PSC Website.

Feb 16 (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.   As details are firmed-up, they should be: HERE.

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 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.

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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