The Virginia Region of the National Speleological Society consists of 40+ local caving groups in and around Virginia and surrounding states. We promote the study and science of speleology, explore and maps caves, protect and conserve caves, manage limited access caves, and generally promote safe caving throughout the region, and promote fellowship and cooperation among all Regional cavers and organizations.

McAlisterville Cave (PA) Cleanup, May 20

Thanks to all the VAR cavers who showed up to help with the cleanup at McAlisterville Cave in PA. Although the weather did not cooperate, over 4 tons of trash were collected and hauled away before noon! The PCC thanks everyone who participated!

Virginia Cave Week, April 16-22

Thanks to all the VAR cavers who hosted events for this year's successful Virginia Cave Week!

VAR Sinkhole Cleanup #5 coming up April 22

A hearty round of Thanks to all the volunteers who braved the rain to come out for the last sinkhole cleanup on April 22! The next cleanup day will be announced, but probably won't be until June or July due to scheduling conflicts.

2017 Spring VAR, April 28-30

270 cavers showed up for 2017 Spring VAR at Thorns Springs Park. The weather was fantastic and a great time was had by all. A round of applause for organizer Tommy Carpenter and his host of friends/helpers!

New Management Plan for Sites and Cave Rat Caves

An access and managment arrangement has been worked out with the new owners of Sites and Cave Rat Caves. Caver access will now be allowed January 1 to August 31 every year. Caving parties are limited to 8 people and 3 cars, with parking restrictions. Earl Suitor will manage the cave, and validated permits are required. You can read all the details in the Management Plan for Sites Cave, Sites Attic, and Cave Rat Cave.

2015 Region Record Issues Posted

The 2015 issues of the Region Record have been posted in the Region Record Archives.Thanks to Nikki Fox for her hard work as editor!

To keep things fair for subscribers, only issues over a year old are available on this web site.