It's that time again!
26th Annual Grand Caverns
Spring Restoration Camp
April 21, 2018
Don’t let Tax Day get you down. Hop on over to the annual GRAND CAVERNS SPRING RESTORATION CAMP on April 20-22 (Friday-Sunday).
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.
In addition to the usual algae abatement, we will haul gravel to the narrow paths in the cave, do some scraping and painting where needed (obviously not in the cave), and clear brush at the road. We will also do the ubiquitous formation repair in Fountain Cave. Among the park's wish list for this year:
- Algae on ceiling and high places - bring a garden sprayer if you have one.
- Work on cave pathway, mostly raking gravel
- Grade the hiking trail to Fountain Cave. Beware! Poison ivy might be present
- Clean steps and remove leaves at the Fountain Cave entrance
- Stain the playground at the park (the stain was donated - Thanks!) - bring brushes and rollers, etc.
We will meet at the main pavilion at the parking lot around 8:30 and be ready to work at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The VAR Conservation Committee will provide its usual free lunch and dinner.
As a special treat in honor of Virginia Cave Week, Dr. Dan Doctor (USGS, Virginia Cave Board) will offer two geologic interpretive tours of Grand Caverns on Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day), one in the morning and one in the afternoon, at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Have a question about how the cave formed? Ever wonder what that formation hanging on the wall is called? Interested in knowing more about the Madison Cave Isopod? Want to know what cave drip water can tell us about climate change? Bring your curiosity!
Tours for volunteers of Spring Restoration are free. The cave management is offering half-price on Dan’s tours for non-volunteers ($10 adults/$5.50 kids). Going on a cave tour with a geologist will be fun and educational. Dan explains complex science in plain language that even I understand!
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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