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Mid-Appalachian Region of
the National Speleological Society

The Mid-Appalachian Region (MAR) of the National Speleological Society (NSS) is a regional organization of the NSS consisting of various grottos and organized caving clubs within the general geographic area, or region, of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.   Official MAR Logo

The MAR, an internal organization of the NSS, is dedicated to the principles of the NSS, to promote fellowship among its members, and to advance the science of speleology.

The Mid-Appalachian Region of the NSS was officially established on October 10, 1953 at Shippensburg State Teachers College, currently known as Shippensburg University, in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

It sponsors two regional field meets (Spring and Fall), and hosts its annual business meeting in the month of February. The region publishes a newsletter, the "MAR Breakdown", which is published three times a year and occasionally publishes county bulletins on Pennsylvania caves.


2017 SPRING MAR     The Philadelphia Grotto and Central Connecticut Grotto will be co-hosting the 2017 Spring Joint MAR-NRO. The event will be held on the weekend of June 2-4, 2017 at Indian Lookout Country Club located near Cobleskill, NY (Schoharie County) in recognition of Philly Grotto's 70th Anniversary. More information regarding this event and registration can be viewed "here".

2017 FALL MAR     At this time, there will be no Fall MAR

MAR BREAKDOWN     The January 2017 issue of the MAR Breakdown is now available. Please take a moment and read the Breakdown prior to the MAR Business Meeting as there is a section on page 3 dedicated to a proposed MAR Bylaw change proposed by MAR Treasurer, Bette White.

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ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING     The 2017 MAR annual business meeting will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Mt. Laurel Church of God. The church is located at 1295 Piketown Road, intersection of Sleepy Hollow Road and the Appalachian Trail, and across the street from the West Hanover Fire Company in W. Hanover Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. As in the past, please plan on bringing a covered dish for the "Pot-luck" meal. For more information and directions, please see "Business Meetings". Please note that there will be the usual PCC Meeting following the MAR Businss meeting.


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