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The Richmond Area Speleological Society is a caving grotto based in Richmond, Virginia, though we draw our membership from all over Central Virginia. Come join us to talk about upcoming events, recent trips and trip reports, and other caving stuff. We meet the second Thursday each month at the Department of Wildlife Resources located at 7870 Villa Park Dr, Richmond, VA 23228, from 7:00 PM to approximately 8:15 PM.

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NOTICE: The combination to the gate lock at the Field Station was changed 3/20/2022. Contact a RASS Board member to obtain the new combination.

MONTHLY MEETING NOTICE: The June RASS meeting will be held Thursday, June 9th, 7:00 PM at Three Lakes Park on Wilkinson Road. This will be annual RASS Summer Picnic. Sub sandwiches, water and soda will be provided. Members are asked to bring a side dish, chips or a dessert. Watch for an email message with additional details.

REMINDER: Until further notice, the RASS Monthly Meetings WILL NOT be held at the Department of Wildlife Resources due to COVID restrictions. The location of the monthly meeting will vary each month and the RASS membership will be notified by RASS Gmail and/or the RASS Facebook page. IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT THE MEETING LOCATION, CONTACT A BOARD MEMBER.

> The Richmond Area Speleological Society, RASS, supports cave conservation and education about caves and cave resources through awarding grants. We continue to seek worthwhile causes to support. If you have a project which furthers the goals of cave conservation and karst education, please email us at

> If your Grotto or Region is looking for new caves to explore in the Virginia area, RASS can offer your group a place to camp in Bath County, VA. There are more than 100 caves within an hour drive. We support cave conservation and education. Email Richie Ellison at for additional information.

Interested in a Novice Cave Trip? Contact our President, Richie Ellison at

Last Webpage Update: 5/23/2022

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RASS: Dedicated to cave conservation, education about caves and caving resources, and the safe exploration of caves.

RASS is a grotto (chapter) of the National Speleological Society. The NSS is the national association for cavers in the US and abroad.

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The RASS By-laws are now available online. You can click here for the document in Word .DOCX format, or here for the document in Adobe .PDF format.

RASS Field Station phone number: 540-996-4188

Note: All new RASS members AND all renewing RASS members need to complete a membership form. Whatever method chosen to pay membership dues, including PayPal, a membership form needs to be completed yearly and sent to the Membership Chair, Margot Geisler ( To open the membership form click here.

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