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 Concludes with a Bang

April 19-25 was Virginia Cave Week, an annual event the Virginia Cave Board uses to promote an understanding of Virginia's caves and the surrounding karst, and to support eduction about caves at all grade levels in school. Virginia TV station WFXR 21/27 recently aired a cave segment in honor of Cave Week featuring Marian McConnell, Mary Sue Socky, and Carl Cornett. Great job, cavers!

The VAR closed out Virginia Cave Week with a conservation project during VAR at the The Caverns of Natural Bridge. About 20 VAR cavers pulled pounds of old coins out of their pools, cleaned algae around lights, fixed some wooden steps, and various other odd jobs. The cave manager was delighted with all the work, and hopes this is the start of a long relationship with VAR.

Breaking News!

Jerry Bowen of Tri-State Grotto has just released an Index to the SpeleoDigest of all VAR-related caves. This will be an important research tool for the Region. Thanks Jerry!


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Please pardon our dust! The VAR web site is being totally redesigned.

The original VAR web site is still available during construction, but the Region History is the only thing that has not been moved yet.