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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 locating, exploring and researching caves in Vermont. Holding bi-monthly meetings, the Association works to address issues of access to caves and landowners relations, conservation of surface and sub-surface resources, and caving safety.

Meetings are held at 9:00am on the third Sunday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at the Rutland Regional Ambulance Building in Rutland, Vermont. The Ambulance building is south of the Rutland Regional Medical Center, 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.

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Caving in Vermont

ALERT: White Nose Syndrome, a mysterious illness, has caused the death of tens of thousands of bats in the Northeast, including devastating some Vermont cave populations. For the most up-to-date information on WNS, go to www.whitenosesyndrome.org. To help contain the possible spread of WNS, please refer to the most recent protocols for cleaning and disinfecting of cave clothing and gear at www.fws.gov/northeast /whitenosemessage.html. Thank you for your cooperation.


Morris Cave Alert: Morris Cave is a WNS-affected cave. Cavers should refrain from any visitation at all until the end of hibernation to protect the few surviving bats. After hibernation, any cave visitation should only occur if cavers can fully adhere to the USFWS cleaning and decontamination protocols to help avoid spreading WNS to other caves that are unaffected. Thank you for your cooperation.


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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Happy Halloween! Everyone likes to talk about bats this time of year, but don't forget these little guys need our help. Cave softly, stay out of bat caves during the winter, and don't hurt bats if you find them in your house! If you're looking to help them out a little more, consider supporting WNS research with a donation to the NSS White Nose Rapid Response Fund: caves.org/WNS/Rapid_Response.shtml ...

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