District of Columbia Grotto
of the
National Speleological Society

... exploration, study, and conservation of caves.
2014: 75-years of DC-area organized caving.
Monthly meetings continue to be on the 2nd Thursday.
  Some recent pics are on our Facebook group. Click on the 'f'.
  Others are listed here: Event Photos
  Recent (Dec.2013) video: Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose
  Mar 15, 2014: NSS BOG voted to add the New River Cave Preserve

Caving Calendar

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Area-wide Calendar -- lists scheduled caving activities (meetings, trips, and other events) in the DC and Baltimore area.   Some events may also have a PDF flyer.

Some Upcoming Highlights:

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

Aug 28 - Sep 1: OTR (Old-Timers' Reunion), Dailey, WV (10mi. S. of Elkins).   For this year's theme and activities details, also see the 3rd 2014 News Letter.

Sep 11 (Thu), 7:30p: General meeting: Chevy Chase Community Ctr. in DC.
  See: details and directions.   At 6:00 or 6:15p, there will be an optional pre-meeting dinner, at Pete's New Haven Style Pizza, 4940 Wisc. Av. NW (corner of Fessenden St. [about 1-mile from CCCC]).   Program: Caving Bins -- bring your caving gear container(s) and win prizes!   See Promo and/or Flyer. [PDF]

Caving Bin

Oct 9 (Thu): Informal meeting at Hard Times Cafe in Bethesda, MD. Arrive around 6:15p to allow time to order, eat, and socialize, before the main focus of the 7:30p meeting.   See: details & directions.

Oct 10 - 12:   Fall VAR at Rich Mountain Battlefield, west of Beverly (Randolph Co.), WV; hosted by the Monongahela Grotto (celebrating their 50th anniversary).
See the Announcement,   PDF-Poster,   and/or   VAR page.

Fall VAR Banner

Oct 10 - 12:   Fall MAR field Meet, at Rupert Cave Preserve, McVeytown, PA (Mifflin County).   Links to details and registration are HERE.

July 13 - 17, 2015:   NSS   2015 Convention in Waynesville, Pulaski Co., MO.
  Also on Twitter at: #NSS2015

July, 2016:   NSS   2016 Convention in Ely, NV.   ( NSS 75th Anniversary )

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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