The National Speleological Society (NSS) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the scientific study of caves and karst. We protect caves and their natural contents through conservation, ownership, stewardship, and public education. We also promote responsible cave exploration and fellowship among those interested in caves.
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Geographically, the NSS is divided into over 250 grottos (chapters) across North America. If you're new to caving, a local grotto is your best place to start.
Nationally, the NSS is also divided into many different sections and commissions representing the specialty interest areas of our membership. These include the pure sciences like geology, archaeology and biology, but also include a technical search and rescue commission, underwater cave diving, and multiple artistic disciplines.
Preserving and protecting caves and karst for cavers, scientific research, and the general public is one of the most important goals of the NSS.
The links in this website only provide a summary of the National Speleological Society's conservation information. These pages should be used in conjunction with the NSS Conservation and Management Section website and the NSS Cave Conservancies Committee website. Additional information and educational materials have been posted at those locations.
The NSS began nearly seventy-five years ago as a collective of individuals interested in caves and caving. From the beginning, we recognized the need to protect the fragile and timeless environment, both above and underground. Conservation has always been a prime tenet of the NSS's foundations.
The NSS owns twelve preserves and manages one preserve owned by the Felburn Foundation. Each preserve is cared for by a local management committee. These committees report to the NSS Board of Governors, through the NSS Nature Preserves Committee, under the department of the Administrative Vice-President.
This 2nd edition gives updated information on everything a cave surveyor needs to know about surveying and mapping caves.
To receive your special pricing on items with NSS Member discounts, please remember to sign in to the bookstore before adding items to your cart.
Cave Minerals of the World
This book is intended for cavers and mineralogists alike. Cavers will especially enjoy the color photography--at least one photo of each speleothem type is included.
Visit us in person! Check back here soon for our 2013 travel schedule. The NSS bookstore will also be on site at the 2013 convention in Shippensburg, PA!
The IO Committee has set up an e-mail list in order to send messages of interest to IOs. Only the IO committee chair can send messages to the names on the list. This is to insure that IOs get only messages that may be useful for conducting their business.
Each internal organization is responsible for the e-mail addresses on the list since the e-mail list is derived directly from the online records maintained by IOs.
The following e-mail addresses for your IO are on the list (providing they exist)
IO home e-mail address
Contact-1 e-mail address
Contact-2 e-mail address
Supplemental (person(s) who want to receive messages for your IO)
To make changes to items 1-3, update your IO records online at www.nssio.org.
To be added to (or deleted from) the supplemental list, contact me.
If you have a message that should go to all persons on the IO e-mail list - or a subset of the list, contact me.
IO Committee Chair
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