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.

Virginia Cave Week, April 16-22

Every year the Virginia Cave Board celebrates Virginia Cave Week with a combination of on-line information and activities and various event around the state. This year's theme is "Karst Springs." Please check out the Cave Week activities, and consider attending one or all! This is a great time to encourage friends, family, and landowners to learn more about caves.

VAR Sinkhole Cleanup #5 coming up April 22

A hearty round of Thanks to all the volunteers who came out for the last sinkhole cleanup on March 18! Janet reports "kick ass" progress! The project will continue on Saturday, April 22. We will continue to pull out and separate wood, plastic, and wire and sing while we work. If you have them, bring gloves, rakes, shovels, chainsaws, 5-gallon buckets, and old tarps. Water and snacks provided, but food contributions are always appreciated. Please come out and join us!

Grand Caverns Easter Restoration Camp

Thanks to everyone who came out for the 2017 Camp! We had many veterans but quite a few newcomers as well. By agreement with the park, going forward the project will generally be 3rd Saturday in April unless otherwise announced.

2017 Spring VAR, April 28-30

The 2017 Spring VAR will be held April 28-30 at Thorns Springs Park, near Franklin, WV. Some details are posted, others coming soon!
Organizer Tommy Carpenter is looking for trip leaders. If you are willing and able to lead a trip, please contact Tommy at ibaskateboarder [at] yahoo [dotcom]


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.