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Texas is full of public and private caves and here is a list of caving clubs and organizations in Texas. Make sure you also check out the Texas Caves page to find some caves to explore.

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Clubs/Grottos

A Grotto is usually an internal organization of the National Speleological Society (NSS).  The Texas Speleological Association (TSA) is a not-for-profit organization that supports cave exploration and cave studies by cavers in and around the state of Texas. It is an internal organization of the National Speleological Society (NSS). 

Club/Grotto

Description

Cavernet

caverbill@caver.net 

"Cavernet" is funded soly and maintained by Bill Bentley and is dedicated for the advancement and enjoyment of cavers throughout the world.

Bexar Grotto

San Antonio

 Projects include Bracken Bat Cave with Bat Conservation International, Robber Baron Cave with Texas Cave Management Association, Honey Creek Cave, and Government Canyon SNA with Texas Parks & Wildlife

Aggie Speleological Society

College Station

Purpose To foster an interest and an education of caves and cave life at Texas A&M University and the surrounding community. Activities Regular weekend trips, Texas projects with TSS, Powell's Cave, others

Central Texas Grotto

Hewitt

Ongoing projects include Cobb Caverns Restoration, sponsorship of Earth Day Projects at Colorado Bend State Park each year and Cave mapping and exploring in the Campwood & San Saba areas

Comal County Grotto

New Braunfels rti@angelfire.com

Meeting time & place First Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Longhorn Grille 1030 Hwy 81 in New Braunfels

Devil's Canyon Wilderness Program at St. Stephen's Episcopal School

Austin

The program offers semester long training in both caving and rock climbing as well as weekly activities such as mountain biking, kayak rolling and wilderness first aid.

Galveston Grotto

Galveston

Meeting Time and Place 1st and 3rd Tuesday at Texas A&M Galveston in Rm 215 Classroom/Administration Building (CLB) at 8:30

Lubbock Area Grotto

Lubbock

Ongoing projects Endless Cave Survey, Eddy County, NM on the last Saturday in odd numbered months. Other full teams welcome to help.

Maverick Grotto

Ft Worth

 

Meeting time and place Second Tuesday of each month at Smokey's Ribs, 5300 E. Lancaster, F. Worth 7:00pm. 

North Texas Speleological Society, NTSS (Independent Club since 1951)

Wichita Falls

Ongoing projects Maintaining and Cleaning of local caves, Monthly Work Trips to Carlsbad, Vertical Certification of Members. 

Nueces Canyon Caving Club

Wood

Infrequent meetings. Organization's purpose is locating caves in the area in cooperation with the TCC. 

Southwest Texas Caving Club

San Marcos

Recruitment and training. Hays County Cave Project co-sponsored by TSS which includes updating information in the Hays County file, checking & digging new leads and surveying caves.

UT Grotto

Austin

Ongoing projects TCC Masterson Ranch work area, caver recruitment & training each long semester, members participate in most other major projects

Affiliated Organizations

These are autonomous caving organizations which cooperate closely with  the TSA (Texas Speleological Association) and each other for the betterment of Texas caving. The "Permian Basin Speleological Society's Newsletter" and The Hole News are the unofficial newsletters for several of these organizations to communicate with Texas cavers. 

Association for Mexican Cave Studies  (AMCS) This group collects, publishes, and distributes information on Mexican caves and caving. Cave and trip reports and maps are always needed and welcomed

Bat Conservation International

Austin

BCI is a non-profit corporation promoting bat conservation, education, and research.

Texas Cave Conservancy

Cedar Park

TCMA is a nonprofit organization that works with associates and partners to acquire and manage caves and karst and to protect caves, cave life and the aquifer as related to caves.

Texas Cave Management Association

Austin

TCMA actively works to conserve caves, promote research and education, and provide responsible recreational access to our caves.

Texas Cavers' Reunion (TCR)

Austin

The Texas Cavers' Reunion: organized to support the TSA primarily by giving cavers from around Texas a chance to interact with other cavers they might not otherwise meet. The TCR provides an eclectic weekend of cave related education and training activities, fun and games, equipment
The Texas Speleological Association (TSA) TSA supports cave exploration and cave studies by cavers in and around the state of Texas.
The Texas Speleological Survey (TSS) TSS collects, organizes, and maintains information on Texas caves and karst. We make that information generally available for scientific, educational, and conservation purposes, and to support safe and responsible cave exploration

 

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