Virginia Region of the NSS

The Virginia Region of the National Speleological Society consists of 40+ local caving groups in and around Virginia and surrounding states. We promote the study and science of speleology, explore and maps caves, protect and conserve caves, manage limited access caves, and generally promote safe caving throughout the region, and promote fellowship and cooperation among all Regional cavers and organizations.

Web Site Under Construction - Please Pardon Our Dust!

Due to changes in the NSS web servers, this VAR website has been moved to a new server and is being completely revamped. Most of the content is back, but the forms are still missing, and there are surely plenty of broken links yet. Please bear with us. The whole site will be functional soon. If your grotto's website URL has changed because of the NSS server move, please contact the webmaster (mcjames_verizon_net) so we can update your listing.

Need a Program for your Grotto's Virtual Meeting?

Since most grottoes are still having virtual meetings, video programs can be a challenge due to bandwidth limitations. Several VAR members have been active converting the old NSS slide shows to PowerPoint and PDF format. Twenty-nine programs have already been converted, with more on the way. Feel free to download and use for your grotto's meeting! There is no rental charge, as there was with the physical slides.

Fall VAR 2021 Virtual Meeting

The VAR business meeting was held virtually this year. Your new VAR officers are Meredith Hall Weberg - chair; Janet Tinkham - vice chair, Kim Fleischmann - secretary, and Carol Tiderman - treasurer. Thanks were offered to resigned chair Mark Hodge and outgoing secretary Blake Jordan. A special remembrance of long-time VAR treasurer, John Fox was celebrated. Charlotte Grotto, recently reinvigorated in NC, asked to officially become a VAR member and was heartily approved. Welcome!

Spring MAR/VAR tentatively scheduled for May 20-22, 2022

The MAR/VAR, which has been scheduled and rescheduled due to COVID, is tentatively scheduled for May 20-22, 2022 at Grand Caverns in Grottoes, VA, co-hosted by the Charlottesville and Seven Valleys Grottoes. The event will be confirmed later, and, of course, depends on the prevailing COVID situation next spring.

2020/2023 NSS Convention

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 NSS Convention, scheduled for the OTR site July 27-31, was completely virtual. The recorded presentations are all still available on the NSS web site in case you missed the convention. Current plans are for the 2023 convention to return to the OTR site.

Photo Banner Credits

A huge Thank You to Nikki Fox for kindly providing the VAR caving images used in our rotating header!!!

Thanks for helping to save Cyclops Cave!

SCCi received enough support to allow them to purchace the beatiful Cyclops Cave in Russell County, Virginia, but still needs donations ot pay off the mortgage. Cyclops is the the 11th largest cave in VA at over 7 miles. Please visit to help.

2018 Region Records available in Archives, 2019 coming soon!

The 2018 back issues of the Region Record have now been posted in the Region Record Archives. To be fair to paying subscribers, back issues are embargoed for a year on-line.

The 2019 bask issues will be posted as soon as transition to the new website is completed.