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.

Spring MAR/VAR May 20-22, 2022

The MAR/VAR, much postponed because of COVID, is finally back on track for May 20-22, 2022 at Grand Caverns in Grottoes, VA, co-hosted by the Charlottesville and Seven Valleys Grottoes. Pre-registration is now CLOSED. Please register on-site.

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.

Spring Cleaning April 23, 2022

The Spring Cleaning returned after a 2-year COVID hiatus April 23, 2022 at Endless Caverns. 20 plus cavers showed up to clean algae, remove old lighting, fix trails, and do gardening. The new owners of Endless were very happy with all our efforts. Thanks to everyone who came out and volunteered!

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.

Photo Banner Credits

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