KSS logo Kansas Speleological Society
Dedicated to the Study, Conservation, and Exploration of Kansas Caves
Take nothing but pictures,
Leave nothing but footprints,
Kill nothing but time
KSS MEMBERS learn vertical skills on rope and ladder in a Cowley County barn, and later used their skills to bottom a newly found 40-foot pit nearby. (Photo by Janet Williams)

The KSS is formed
as an internal organization of the National Speleological Society and was officially chartered
May 30, 1984.

Join the NSS!

Visit www.caves.org for
NSS membership information.

Navigate the NSS Website

KSS 2015
elected officers:

Tim Wilson
Lloyd Smelser
Vice Chairman
Wayne White
Janet Williams
Adele Racker
James Potts
Safety and Techniques
Janet Williams

  Membership to the KSS is open to anyone who supports cave conservation. Dues are $15 per year. For more information, email kss@caves.org
  KSS meetings are held four times per year at various locations in the state of Kansas. Meeting dates are set two meetings ahead and are announced in the Kansas Kaver.
   The KSS publishes a Extra! Extra! Read all about Kansas kaving! newsletter, the Kansas Kaver. All KSS publications are available to KSS members.

Follow these links for more information:
Conservation Study Exploration
Survey Safety Landowner Relations
KSS Library Crayon Drawings
KSS Constitution and Bylaws
White Nose Syndrome
is a disease that is
now threatening bats in
the United States.
WNS has not been found in Kansas.
The latest news about
White Nose Syndrome
is available from the NSS.

Bats showing signs of White Nose Syndrome. Photo by Alan Hicks

  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommends cleaning and disinfecting cave clothes between cave trips to prevent the possible spread of White Nose Syndrome from cave to cave by humans.

Recommended procedures
to prevent spread of
White Nose Syndrome

What's in there? Kansas cavers are continuously searching the state for caves, sinkholes, springs, pits, natural wells or other karst features. If you know of any, please contact the
Kansas Speleological Society.

  The Kansas Speleological Society was formed in 1983 to catalog, study, and to systematically explore the caves of Kansas; as well as to serve as a means for cavers to exchange views, information, and leads for and about these Kansas caves.
  Cave locations will not be disseminated through this website.
  The following conservation ethic has been adopted by the Kansas Speleological Society:
  • Members of the KSS shall in no way deface, break, or remove any formation in any cave. All refuse brought into a cave should be removed when leaving the cave. Members will do their best not to harm any organism in a cave and will not remove any organism from a cave (except for approved scientific study).
  • Landowner permission is a must for entering a cave. Any KSS member entering a cave without landowner permission should not consider themselves as acting in any official capacity of the KSS

NSS Web Page Award The Kansas Speleological Society is an NSS Web Page Award winner.
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