The Northeastern Cave Conservancy is proud to sponsor the Spring NRO in the heart of New York's richest cave country.

The theme is Middle Ages in honor of Merlins Cave, which the NCC is fundraising for currently.

Glow in the dark t-shirts! Ceramic mugs! Middle Ages costume contest Saturday night -- Grand prize: 2 tickets to the New York Renaissance Faire

Free Howe Caverns admission for NRO attendees!

Vertical training session sponsored by Sterling Rope. Door prizes from Sterling Rope, Speleobooks and the NCC. 50/50 raffle to benefit the Merlins Cave Fund.

Special Middle Ages-themed dinner Saturday night in honor of Merlins Cave:

  • Meat Coffyns (Veggie Coffyns)
  • Chikene Drumstick
  • Veggies in the raw
  • Rustic Bread
  • Dessert
  • Syrup of Lemon

We hope you come out as it will be a great time for all!

List of all activities/events:

  • Auction with Merlin the Wizard and his Armed Guards
  • Dark Ages of NE Caving Slides by Art Palmer
  • Caving & Bat movies
  • Photo & Map salons
  • Geology Field Trip
  • Cave Trips of all types
  • Squeezeboxes
  • Door Prizes
  • Campfires
  • Sat. night band: R.E.N.O. (acoustic rock)
  • Costume Contest
  • New Schoharie area Guidebook
  • Vertical rope training
  • Yoga by Orenda Yoga

Friday schedule:

  • 4PM Registration opens -- anyone bringing an RV please call the campground beforehand to reserve a space: 518-868-9975
  • 6 - 10PM Movies available:
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Journey Into Amazing Caves
    BBC Planet Earth: Caves
    Dracula (1931) with Bela Lugosi
    Nosferatu (1922)
    The Cave (2005)
    The Descent (2005)

  • 8PM WNS Presentation with up to the minute news by Al Hicks, NYDEC
  • Midnight: Special cave trip to celebrate the opening of all NSS/NCC caves for the season!

Saturday Schedule:

  • 4:00PM Yoga by Orenda Yoga
  • 5:00-6:30PM Dinner by the NCC
  • 6:15-7PM Dark Ages of Northeast Caving slides w/ Art Palmer
  • 7-8PM Auction with Merlin the Wizard and his Armed Guards
  • 8-10PM Southern rock band R.E.N.O.

Logo designed by Jennifer Harmon

The NRO is being held near non-significant bat sites and will not disturb bats nor have any detrimental impacts. The NYDEC concurs that no bats will be impacted.
Full decontamination procedures will be followed, per the USFW guidelines.

Directions to the NRO can be found here.

A cache of loaner gear will be available for those traveling here from out of the region.

Please let us know if you are planning on attending Spring NRO by indicating on the Facebook page for the event here!