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.

Fall NRO - September 12-14, 2014

The Fall NRO, September 12th-14th, hosted by the VCA at Howell's Campground in Arlington, VT! The Bardo Farm will be serving up a wonderful roast pig dinner on Saturday with stuffing, maple baked beans, home made bread and other great sides. And yes there will be vegeterian options. The dinner cost is $10. Sat and Sun Breakfast with be provided by the Central Connecticut Grotto. The camping fee will be $5 per night per person. NRO registration will be $8 per person. We'll also have NRO T-shirts available for $12 each.

For information on registration, please contact John Dunham.

On Saturday we'll have trips to many local caves, both old favorites and some of the more rarely visited options. On Sunday we'll have trips to some farther flung caves you might visit on your way home. There will also be some self-guided trip info for those caves that are generally accessible. The current trip list is:

Saturday Trips: Sunday Trips:

Sunday, Aug 14. Paddle the Battenkill from Arlington to the NY state line. About 6 river miles. We can start higher up for a longer day as the group desires. You need to bring your own boat and have kayaking or canoeing experience on rivers. This is an easy river paddle with riffles up to Class 1 although it is NOT a float trip for children. Pack water, lunch and essentials in a waterproof bag. Back to the cars by 3PM or earlier. Meet 9AM Sunday at the NRO posting board with a paddle in hand. L) Art Portmore, CL) Doug Soroka. If you have any advance questions, email or call Art on 201-327-4039 before Friday.

There will also be self-guided cave information for generally open caves. If you are interested in a leading additional trips, please contact John Dunham.