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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.


2019 FALL MAR    A "Thank You" goes out to the event organizers from York Grotto and to ALL the attendees that showed up in recognition of York Grotto's 60th anniversary. The event was held last September at the Newville Fairgrounds located near Shippensburg, PA (Cumberland County).

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING     The 2020 MAR annual business meeting will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 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.

MAR BREAKDOWN     The January 2020 issue of the MAR Breakdown is now available. Please feel free to take a moment and read up on the latest happenings.

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2020 SPRING MAR     This years MAR will be a joint field meet with VAR and will surely be one not to miss! The Seven Valleys Grotto and the Charlottesville Grotto will be co-hosting the 2020 Spring Joint MAR/VAR. The event will be held on the weekend of May 1-3, 2020 at Grand Caverns located in Grottoes, VA (Augusta County). More information regarding this event and registration can be viewed "here" on the VAR's website.

2020 FALL MAR     At this time, there is no Fall MAR field event on the calendar. The MAR continues to look for grottos within the region to host future MAR field events. Without an organizing host, no fieldmeet. If interested, please contact any of the officers on the MAR Board and/or present your gracious intentions at the MAR Business Meeting in February.

This event is currently "Tentative" and will be presented at the MAR Business Meeting for consideration/approval.


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