Sandia Grotto Programs

Our caving club is dedicated to the exploration, conservation, and protection of caves.

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, 6:30 pm, at the location shown on our Home Page.

New members and visitors are always welcome.

 

 

The Sandia Grotto usually has an interesting program with a "Cave" flavor each month. When we know in advance the nature of the program we will post it here on our home page so that you can make plans to attend. We are also going to start having the program before our regular business meeting. Everyone is welcome to stay and join us in that discussion as well as join us after 9:00 at a local establishent for additional trip planning.
 

Past Sandia Grotto Programs

 

November 7, 2017: Sandia Grotto Chair Garrett Jorgensen presented:

Recent Survey & Exploration in [big cave to be announced , don't miss this one.]

October 3, 2017: Sandia Grotto member Jeannie Place presented:

A Wisconsin Show Cave: 75 years of History, Management, Tourists and Cavers

September 5, 2017: Sandia Grotto member Dave Decker held a clinic on

What to Keep in a Caving First Aid Kit

The clinic will be followed by the monthly business meeting.

August 1, 2017: Sean Lewis gave a presentation on

Recent Exploration in the Fisher Ridge Cave System in Kentucky.

July 11, 2017: Grotto Treasurer Ron Maehler presented a video montage (complete with soundtrack!) of caves he has visited.

Then, as requested, we held a workshop on The Basics of Cave Survey. We will introduce basic principles and instruments of survey, and give time to practice with the instruments. If you have survey gear (range finders, compasses, clinometers, sketch books), please bring them. The workshop will be followed by the monthly business meeting.

May 2, 6:30pm: Late Pleistocene Vertebrate Fossils from New Mexico Caves

by Gary Morgan, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History

April 4: no presentation - Annual Sandia Grotto Auction

(Bring quality items to sell and bucks to spend! This is the Grotto's primary fundraiser.)

March 7, 6:30pm: Studies Related to New Mexico Speleothems

by Victor Polyak, Sandia Grotto member and research scientist with University of New Mexico's Department of Earth and Planetary Science

January 10, 2017: Presented by Pete Lindsley: Fort Stanton Cave Study Project - 2016 Activities

Come join us and see some new photos of Lincoln Caverns, Decoration Passage, LIDAR, and Resistivity.

December - Annual Christmas Party

November 1, 2016: Scott Christenson: (short) Sandia Grotto Constitution Discussion

&

"Caving in Sotanos near Aquismon, SLP, Mexico, including: Cepillo, Golondrinas, Guaguas, Huasteca, and Cueva Linda."

October 4, 2016: Linda Starr: "Espeleo Cuba (Cuba Caving trip)"

September 6, 2016: Diana Northup: "Cave Microbiology"

August 2, 2016: Rod Horrocks, Carlsbad Caverns NP Cave Management Specialist:

"Resurrecting the Cave Resource Management Program at Carlsbad National Park"

June 7, 2016: Sebastian Benavidez, junior winner of Sandia Grotto Senior Award at STEM-H Science Fair:

"Graffiti Removal"

Dr. Tehnuka Ilanko, UNM postdoc:

"Fumarole Ice Caves of Mt. Erebus, Antarctica"

May 3, 2016: Joey Coston, winner of Sandia Grotto Senior Award at STEM-H Science Fair:

Portable Power Pack

Plus Linda Starr: Mayan Discovery Trip

April 5, 2016: Grotto Auction. Come join us for some fun and pick up some "deals"

March 1, 2016 Presentation: Garrett Jorgensen: New Discoveries in Carlsbad Cavern.

February 2, 2016 Presentation: by Justin Peinado

"Furthering discovery, documentation, and protection of caves at El Malpais National Monument - recent work and new goals". Justin will present interesting / new stuff to get everyone excited about helping the Park at El Malpais. There is plenty of exploration to be had!

Justin is a graduate student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico. He is also an employee of the National Park Service and works at El Malpais National Monument.

 


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