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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.



MAR NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:   

2017 FALL MAR     At this time, there will be no Fall MAR as no field event is on the calendar. The MAR continues to look for grottos within the region to host future MAR field events. Without a host, no fieldmeet. If interested please contact any of the officers on the MAR Board and/or present your intentions at the MAR Business Meeting in February.

MAR BREAKDOWN     The August 2017 issue of the MAR Breakdown is now available. Please feel free to take a moment and read up on latest happenings.

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ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING     The 2018 MAR annual business meeting will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 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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