It's that time again!
Spring Restoration at Grand Caverns
April 6, 2018
Come one, come all! Come to VAR’s annual fun- and work-filled weekend at Grand Caverns in Grottoes, Virginia. Saturday, April 6 is the main work day.
If you enjoy cave conservation and the camaraderie of fellow cavers, join us for another day of "giving back to the cave" at beautiful Grand Caverns.
Free camping both Friday and Saturday nights near the pavilion with the large fireplace. Semi-primitive. Food other than meals provided on Saturday by the VAR Conservation Committee is on your own.
We will be doing this year:
- Run new phone wire through the cave to prepare for the phone company's rewiring of the Caverns' phones and remove old wire.
- Add gravel to areas with standing water along the paths, especially in the bak near the Oyster Shells.
- Add a small handrail on the left side of the steps going up into the Bridal Chamber.
- Weed the flower boxes on the way up to the Caverns and around the entrance building.
- Remove any downed branches along the hill going up to the Caverns.
If you have specialized tools you want to use on any of these jobs, label them before you bring them. Garden tools might be nice, but most tools will be provided. Do bring work gloves. And cave gear in case we’re not too tired later to perhaps go caving.
As usual, work will begin promptly at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Lunch will be provided around 12:30. Work will resume until 5:30 or so. Dinner will be provided around 6. It will be our annual spaghetti feast with salad and dessert. If you have special food needs, let us know when you RSVP and we will try to accommodate them.
Bring clean (deconned even!) cave clothes and gear and any tools you think might be useful.
From I-81, take Exit 235 to SR 256, [turn left if traveling South on I-81, and right if traveling North on I-81, toward Grottoes]. Travel East on SR 256 for 7 miles to Grottoes. At the intersection of Dogwood Avenue (Rt. 825), turn South [Right] on Dogwood. Travel South on Dogwood Ave. for 1,000 ft. Turn Right into the Entrance of Grand Caverns [Grand Caverns Drive].
If arriving Friday night to camp, turn right immediately after passing the entrance gate to the big pavilion with the big fireplace.
If arriving Saturday morning, continue straight until you get to the parking lot for tours. Meet at the pavilion by 9 a.m.!
Caverns Toll-Free Phone Number: (888) 430-2283.
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