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:

Feb 16 (Sat): VPI Cave Club 2019 Banquet, Blacksburg, Va. Deadline is Jan 26, and details are at:    https://commentblock.com/cave/index.php

Feb 21 (3rd Thu): Informal meeting at a place to be determined. Stay tuned for details.

Mar 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!

Mar 25 (4th Mon), 7:30p: PSC meeting.   See PSC Website.

Apr 26 - 28: Spring VAR 2019, hosted by James River Grotto, at Camp Powhattan Boy Scout Camp, near Wytheville, VA.  This date is "tentative".
Watch for news of the date becoming firmed-up.

May 3-5 : PSC Spring Party & Caving Weekend, at the PSC Smokehole Fieldhouse.   See all the details on this: Flyer. [PDF]

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

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 29 - Sept 1st (Labor Day Wkend): 70th annual OTR for 2019, Dailey, WV. See the OTR-Website and/or the OTR-2019 FBgrp.

Sep 28 - 29: Fall VAR 2019, hosted by DC and Baltimore Grottoes, at Friars Hole Cave Preserve, WV.  This date is "tentative". Watch for news of the date becoming firmed-up.


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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