District of Columbia Grotto
of the
National Speleological Society

... exploration, study, and conservation of caves.
2014: 75-years of DC-area organized caving.
Monthly meetings continue to be on the 2nd Thursday.
  Some recent pics are on our Facebook group. Click on the 'f'.
  Others are listed here: Event Photos
  Recent (Dec.2013) video: Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose
  Mar 15, 2014: NSS BOG voted to add the New River Cave Preserve

Caving Calendar

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Area-wide Calendar -- lists scheduled caving activities (meetings, trips, and other events) in the DC and Baltimore area.   Some events may also have a PDF flyer.

Some Upcoming Highlights:

Apr 20 - 26:   Virginia Cave Week

Apr 30 (Wed): Deadline for getting the $40 early registration discount for the NSS Convention in July.

May 4 (Sun), 1:00p: B.A.T.S. Vertical SRT practice at the old 29 bridge in Silver Spring.   Lat./Long. = ( 39.050245, -76.978342 )   See Details. [Fb]

May 8 (Thu), 7:30p: General meeting: Chevy Chase Community Ctr. in DC.
At 6:00 or 6:15p: Optional pre-meeting dinner at very nearby American City Diner, which (from the Community Ctr.) is on the opposite side of CT Av. & a full-block south, at #5532. 
See: details and directions to both.   Note: this is a change of pre-meeting dinner venue.   Program: a real treat! - an award-winning documentary film about the guy who digs caves out of sandstone, and sculpts the walls in very artistic ways.   See the trailer for: CaveDigger.

May 16 - 18:   Spring MAR field Meet, at the OTR site, Daley, WV., hosted by Pennsylvania Cave Conservancy (PCC).   See HERE, or Flyer [PDF], or Registration Form. [PDF]

June 12 (Thu): !! Change of Venue !! Joint meeting with PSC and BATS at Ragtime Restaurant, 1345 N Courthouse Rd., Arlington, VA. Arrive around 6:15p to allow time to order, eat, and socialize, before the main focus of the 7:30p meeting.   See: details & directions.

June 20 - 22:   PSC Jamboree, at PSC's Lutz Fieldstation, near Frost, WV.
See the Announcement.

July 14 - 18:   NSS   2014 Convention, in Huntsville, AL.   ( near NSS-HQ.)

Aug 28 - Sep 1: OTR (Old-Timers' Reunion), Dailey, WV (10mi. S. of Elkins).

Oct 10 - 12:   Fall VAR at Rich Mountain Battlefield, in Randolph Co., WV; hosted by Monongahela Grotto (celebrating their 50th anniversary).   Click HERE.

Oct 10 - 12:   Fall MAR field Meet, at Rupert Cave Preserve, McVeytown, PA (Mifflin County).   Details to follow... , perhaps HERE.

July 13 - 17, 2015:   NSS   2015 Convention in Waynesville, Pulaski Co., MO.

July, 2016:   NSS   2016 Convention in Ely, NV.   ( NSS 75th Anniversary )

Event Photos

Bat Die-off Crisis

Something is causing the death of huge numbers of bats, seemingly associated with White Nose Syndrome, starting in the Northeast, and having spread into PA, WV, and VA.   With the possibility of human cave visitation assisting this spread, precautions include cave closures (check the VAR Closed Cave List prior to any trip), and de-contamination of all cave gear before and after visiting any open cave.  For lots more information, visit any of these links:

Trout Rock Bat Counts

Click here to see the results of the annual bat counts in Trout, Hamilton, and New Trout caves in Pendleton County, W.V.

T-shirts: Although the 31-Jan-2010 deadline for ordering has passed, info about the 70-years of DC-area organized caving commemorative T-shirt is still Here.

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