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2813 Cave Avenue Huntsville, AL 35810-4431
Fellowship of cave explorers and cave scientists
A non-profit membership organization dedicated to the scientific study of caves and karst; protecting caves and their natural contents through conservation, ownership, stewardship, and public education; and promoting responsible cave exploration and fellowship among those interested in caves.    


Don’t forget to pick up your 2015 NSS Caving Calendar from the NSS Bookstore- either at Convention or at They’re only $10 for NSS members!

This is our first calendar! It’s a 12"x9" traditional 12-month wall calendar printed on glossy stock with a full size photo above a large writeable calendar space beneath.

Photos are all from caves in the USA and include one from National Caves Association member Mercer Caverns. We hope to feature at least one NCA Cavern each year in the calendar.

Photos for the 2015 calendar were contributed by:
Bob Biddix
Peter Bosted
Dave Bunnell
Alan Cressler
Chris Higgins
Melissa Horn
Peter Jones
Ed McCarthy
Joel Silverman

This calendar was produced by NSS News editor Dave Bunnell, with design and layout by Elizabeth Rousseau.
#nssconvention #calendar #caves #photos #nssbookstore #giftideas #karst
The #agenda for the July 2014 NSS Board of Governors meeting is posted at

User Name: your NSS number
Password: your zip code

This is an open meeting and all 2014 NSS Convention attendees are welcome to attend.
#nssboardofgovernors #2014nssconvention
Can you believe it? This time next week, we’ll be at the Howdy Party in the NSS Headquarters Auditorium listening to Kozmic Mama and drinking Straight to Ale beer (if you’re of age). Are you ready for the 2014 NSS Convention?

#nssconvention #caves #karst #conservation
Staff members report to the new building today. Stop by and say hello!

6001 Pulaski Pike
Huntsville, AL 35810

Without our volunteers and donors, this wouldn’t be possible. THANK YOU!

#nssheadquarters #THANKYOU #volunteers #donors
Attention #Cavers going to the 2014 NSS Convention-Cave Sim needs your help! Volunteers are needed to help run Cave Sim at Convention. If you have some extra time at Convention, and want to have some extra fun with your fellow cavers, please email Dave Jackson to sign up at:
#nssconvention #cavesim #volunteer #fun
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Is social media your thing? Do you have mad graphic design skills? Have no skills but want to help? If so, the NSS Social Media Committee needs you! We are looking to bring on more graphic designers, as well as administrators to interact and manage network-specific material. If you are interested, please email us at:, or come find us at the 2014 NSS Convention to chat! Learn more here: #socialmedia #graphicdesign #2014nssconvention #volunteer #cavers
Only 2 weeks until the NSS 2014 Convention in Huntsville, Alabama! If you have not had the opportunity to visit the new headquarters of the NSS, please take the opportunity to attend the 2014 NSS Convention and see our new facility and enjoy the multitude of caves that await your exploration. Visit the convention website here: #nssconvention #huntsville #caving #cavers #explore #speleology
NSS News Editor Dave Bunnell has a question for you: Did you receive the July 2014 issue earlier than usual?

This photo of Pat Cicero by Peter Jones won an Honorable Mention in the 2013 NSS Print Salon and was on the back cover of this month’s NSS News. Pat is wearing aquasox to keep the flowstone clean in the Cavernacle of Virgin Cave, New Mexico.

The NSS News is the monthly full-color publication of the National Speleological Society, and is only one of the benefits of membership. You can obtain a copy by calling the office at (256) 852-1300 or by joining the NSS: #nssnews #printsalon #publication #join #membership #nss #caves #karst
Join the Extraordinary #Women #Leaders in #Speleology (EWLS) during Aug. 1-3 in Shoshone, #ID for the All-Grrs-Cave-Trip. This fantastic annual co-ed event is hosted by the Silver Sage Grotto with cave trips to significant and protected caves in the Magic Valley caving area. Trips are limited so please register before July 15th. This will give you priority on cave trips and ensure your shirt size and guidebook.

Email Lisa at or visit to register or find more information about the event.
Happy Independence Day Cavers from the National Speleological Society!
#nss #independenceday
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The NSS would not be The "National" Speleological Society without the heroes that built the nation in the 1770's. Instead we would have been something else, like, The Continental British Potholing Federation."
We’re gearing up for the final volunteer weekend before the 2014 NSS Convention is held at our new Headquarters... can we count on your help to tie up the last few loose ends before we welcome Convention attendees home?

This weekend, we’re working on lighting, carpet, and cover plates for electrical receptacles. In addition, the NSS Office will be moving into the Headquarters this weekend!

Indoor and outdoor camping is available, and the NSS buys dinner and frosty beverages on Saturday night. Please email for more information or to RSVP.
#volunteer #cavers #2014nssconvention #welcomehome #camping #dinner
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Just curious, but what items should a volunteer bring.     I can't come, although I would like to.    
Thanks to many individuals, vendors, and grottos, CaveSim is 93% to their fundraising goal to get to the 2014 NSS Convention. Please visit or send your donation to: CaveSim, 13 Kreg Lane, Manitou Springs, CO 80829.

Volunteers are also needed to run the CaveSim. Half-day shifts are requested. Please contact Dave Jackson at for more information.

CaveSim's 60 feet of electronically sensed constructed passage (3.5 tons) has impressed and challenged cavers of all ages at recent conventions in PA, WV, and CO for the Speleolympics, Junior Speleological Society, and more (video by Dave Socky:
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