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.

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.

Grand Caverns Easter Restoration Camp

Forget Tax Day! Come out Saturday, April 15, and "give back to the cave" at beautiful Grand Caverns, and help with formation repairs, painting, gravel hauling, a landscaping.

2017 Spring VAR announced

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]

VAR Sinkhole Cleanup #4 March 18 and #5 on April 22!

A hearty round of Thanks to all the volunteers who came out for round 3 of the sinkhole cleanup on February 18! Janet reports "kick ass" progress! The project will continue on Saturday, March 18 and again on April 22. We will continue to pull out and separate wood, plpastic, 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!

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.