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Cave Clubs & Grottoes

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The Blue Ridge Grotto (BRG) is a chapter of the National Speleological Society (NSS), and has been in existence since 1969. The purpose of the grotto is: "To encourage and promote the study and science of speleology; to promote the preservation, conservation and exploration of caves; to coordinate the efforts of the members; to facilitate the communication of speleological information; to encourage fellowship among those interested in spelunking (caving); and to promote safety". Blue Ridge Grotto members promote cave conservation and cave safety. We work hard to foster and maintain good landowner relations by always asking permission before going caving, and by honoring all cave closures. We are involved in exploration, survey, vertical caving, cave cleanups and other cave conservation work, cave photography, outreaches to scout troops, science classes, and civic groups. Several BRG members are also trained in NCRC techniques and are on 24-hour call for cave rescues.
BRG meetings are open to the public, and are held the 3rd Friday of the month, 7:30p in Vinton Firehouse, 120 Jackson Ave, Vinton, VA  24179.  Call 540-989-7693 for more info.  Visit the Blue Ridge Grotto website to learn more.

New River Valley Grotto
The New River Valley Grotto is a member of the National Speleological Society (NSS) and is home to the caves of Pulaski and Giles Counties, Virginia. The New River Valley Grotto meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month (7pm) at the Dublin Public Library.

VPI Cave Club
VPI Cave Club is the official student grotto (club) of the National Speleological Society (NSS). Our goal is to promote interest in and to advance the science of speleology, to promote conservation of caves and safety in their exploration, and to encourage fellowship among Virginia Tech students and alumni interested in caving. The VPI Cave Club has been around for over 65 years.


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