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Vermont Cavers’ Association

The Vermont Cavers’ Association, a Grotto (chapter) of the National Speleological Society, is an organization composed of cavers and other individuals interested in conserving, locating, exploring and researching caves in Vermont. Holding bi-monthly meetings, the Association works to address the issues cave access and landowners relations, conservation of surface and sub-surface resources, and safe caving practices.

Meetings are held at 9:30am on the third Sunday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at the Rutland Regional Ambulance Building in Rutland, Vermont (unless otherwise posted; check the newsfeed on the right for updates). The Ambulance building is south of the Rutland Regional Medical Center on Cold River Road, and the meeting room is around back on the south end of the building.

Membership in the Association is open to any interested person. Membership costs $12 per year or $14 for family membership. If you’re interested in joining the VCA, you can download our membership form here: VCA Member Info Form 2017-03-12.

For upcoming events information, please check the feed on the right or visit our Facebook Page

Caving in Vermont

ALERT: White Nose Syndrome, a fungal infection, has killed tens of thousands of bats in the Northeast, including most Vermont cave populations. For the most up-to-date information on WNS, go to www.whitenosesyndrome.org. The primary vector is bat-to-bat, but there is a slim chance of careless human transmission. To eliminate that risk and avoid contributing to the spread of WNS, please refer to the most recent protocols for cleaning and disinfecting of cave clothing and gear. Thank you for your cooperation.


Morris Cave Alert: Morris Cave is a WNS-affected cave. Cavers should refrain from any visitation during the hibernation season (Oct-Apr) to protect surviving bats from disturbance. After hibernation, cavers should adhere to the USFWS cleaning and decontamination protocols to avoid the slim possibility of spreading WNS to unaffected caves. Thank you for helping protect our bats!


Besides regular meetings, the Association sponsors caving trips both in Vermont and to other distant locations. These trips are announced in the Association’s newsletter, which is printed bi-monthly. Other activities included workshops in vertical skills and cave rescue techniques, cave clean-up trips, and other activities based on members’ interest.

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Join us for our August Meeting this Sunday, the 20th, at 9:30am at the Ambulance Building on Cold River Rd in Ruland! After the business meeting, we'll drive 20 minutes to the Plymouth Caves, a pair of beginner-friendly caves owned by the Nature Conservancy and open during the summer (when they are not being used by bats). ... See MoreSee Less

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Check out our 25th Anniversary T-shirt! They'll be available at NRO, Sep 8-10, in Arlington, for $12. Come cave with us! ... See MoreSee Less

25th anniversary T-shirts have arrived! $12, available on site at NRO!

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Don't forget, Fall NRO is coming up Sep 8-10! ... See MoreSee Less

Things are coming together for Fall NRO! We've just ordered great VCA 25th anniversary T-Shirts, Boston Grotto is doing Sat and Sun breakfast, we're planning a nice spread of dinner and dessert for Sat evening, and we've got a full-color guidebook with photos, maps, and descriptions of both led and self-guided trips. Not to mention, we're planning cave trips to lots of recent discoveries and little-visited Vermont caves, horizontal and vertical both! Check back here for more information over the next few weeks--highlights of the caves that will be open, more detailed schedules and meal plans, and other logistical details.

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