Grotto (National Speleological Society)

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A Grotto is an internal organization of the National Speleological Society (NSS). They generally function as the local NSS chapter/club. Many Grottos however, operate in areas outside of their local area, with many operating in several states.[1] Most Grottos also participate in Regions which are loose associations of Grottos.[1] Regions are also an internal organization of the National Speleological Society.[1]

Organization[edit]

Grottos are required to meet certain organizational requirements as outlined by the National Speleological Society. These include:[2]

  • A constitution and bylaws that are submitted to, and approved by, the NSS.
  • A minimum of at least five members of the Society.
  • It is NSS policy that full membership in a Grotto requires NSS membership. However, in practice, this is often not the case.

An annual report describing various aspects of the Grotto is submitted to the NSS.

History[edit]

The New England Grotto was the first NSS Grotto. It was chartered in 1941 with Clay Perry as president and Ned Anderson as vice-president.[3]

Grottos of the NSS[edit]

Here are the Grottos of the NSS as listed in 2009.[1]

Alabama

  • Birmingham Grotto
  • Central Alabama Grotto
  • Cullman Grotto
  • Gadsden Grotto
  • Huntsville Grotto
  • Jackson County Grotto
  • Montgomery Grotto

Alaska

  • Glacier Grotto

Arizona

  • Central Arizona Grotto
  • Cochise County Cavers
  • Escabrosa Grotto
  • Mule Mountain Caving Club
  • Northern Arizona Grotto
  • Southern Arizona Grotto

Arkansas

  • Boston Mountain Grotto
  • Central Region Arkansas Grotto
  • COBRA Grotto
  • Little Rock Grotto[4]
  • Middle Ozark Lower Earth Society MOLES

California

  • Desert Dog Troglodytes
  • Diablo Grotto
  • Mother Lode Grotto
  • San Diego Grotto
  • San Francisco Bay Chapter of the NSS
  • San Joaquin Valley
  • Shascade Caving Society
  • Shasta Area Grotto
  • Southern California Grotto
  • Stanislaus Speleology Association
  • Waldo Brothers Grotto

Colorado

  • Colorado Grotto
  • Colorado Western Slope Grotto
  • Front Range Grotto
  • Northern Colorado Grotto
  • Red Canyon Grotto
  • Southern Colorado Mountain
  • Timberline Grotto

Connecticut

  • Central Connecticut Grotto

Delaware

  • Commander Cody Caving Club

District of Columbia

  • District of Columbia Grotto

Florida

  • Central Florida Grotto
  • Flint River Grotto
  • Florida Speleological Society
  • Tampa Bay Area Grotto

Georgia

  • Athens Speleological Society
  • Augusta Cave Masters
  • Clayton County Cavers
  • Clock Tower Grotto
  • Dogwood City Grotto
  • Middle Georgia Grotto
  • Pigeon Mountain Grotto

Hawaii

  • none based out of Hawaii

Idaho

  • Bear River Grotto
  • Gem State Grotto
  • Silver Sage Grotto

Illinois

  • Little Egypt Grotto
  • Near Normal Grotto
  • Rock River Speleological Society
  • Sub-Urban Chicago Grotto
  • Windy City Grotto

Indiana

  • Bloomington Indian Grotto
  • Central Indiana Grotto
  • Eastern Indiana Grotto
  • Evansville Metropolitan Grotto
  • Harrison-Crawford Grotto
  • Northern Indiana Grotto
  • Saint Joseph Valley Grotto
  • Western Indiana Grotto

Iowa

  • Iowa Grotto

Kansas

  • Kansas Speleological Society

Kentucky

  • Blue Grass Grotto
  • Fort Knox Grotto
  • Green River Grotto
  • Hart of Kentucky Grotto
  • Louisville Grotto
  • Pine Mountain Grotto
  • Rockcastle Regional Grotto

Louisiana

  • Crescent City Cavers

Maine

  • none based out of Maine

Maryland

  • Baltimore Grotto
  • Frederick Grotto
  • Sligo Grotto
  • Western Maryland Grotto

Massachusetts

  • Boston Grotto

Michigan

  • Detroit Urban Grotto
  • Michigan Interlakes Grotto
  • Western Michigan Grotto

Minnesota

  • Minnesota Speleological Society

Mississippi

  • JUST Cavers

Missouri

  • Branson Area Tri-Lakes Grotto
  • Chouteau Grotto
  • Kansas City Area Grotto
  • Meramec Valley Grotto
  • Middle Mississippi Valley Grotto
  • Missouri Sch. Mines Spelunkers Club
  • Ozark Highlands Grotto
  • SEMO Grotto
  • Springfield Plateau Grotto
  • Stygian Grotto

Montana

  • Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto

Nebraska

  • none based out of Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

  • none based out of New Hampshire

New Jersey

  • Central New Jersey Grotto
  • New Jersey Tri-State Speleological Society
  • Northern New Jersey Grotto

New Mexico

  • Guadalupe Grotto
  • Hondo Grotto
  • Mesilla Valley Grotto
  • New Mexico Tech Student Grotto
  • Parajito Grotto
  • Pecos Valley Grotto
  • Sandia Grotto
  • Sierra Blanca Grotto
  • Whites Sands Grotto

New York

  • Helderberg-Hudson Grotto
  • Met Grotto
  • Niagara Frontier Grotto
  • Rensselaer Outing Club
  • Shawangunk-Catskill Area Grotto
  • Syracuse University Outing

North Carolina

  • Bryson City Grotto
  • Flittermouse Grotto
  • Triangle Troglodytes

North Dakota

  • none based out of North Dakota

Ohio

  • Central Ohio Grotto
  • Cleveland Grotto
  • Dayton Underground Grotto
  • Greater Cincinnati Grotto
  • Miami Valley Grotto
  • Ohio Cavers and Climbers
  • Red-Eye Karst Team
  • Shady Grove Grotto
  • Standing Stone Grotto
  • Wittenberg University Speleological Society

Oklahoma

  • Arbuckle Mountains Grotto
  • Central Oklahoma Grotto
  • Tulsa Regional OK Grotto

Oregon

Pennsylvania

  • Bald Eagle Grotto
  • Bucks County Grotto
  • Buffalo Valley Grotto
  • Cave Hill Grotto
  • Franklin County Grotto
  • Greater Allentown Grotto
  • Huntingdon County Cave Hunters
  • Loyalhanna Grotto
  • Nittany Grotto
  • Pennsylvania Inner-Earth Grotto
  • Philadelphia Grotto
  • Pittsburgh Grotto
  • Seven Valleys Grotto
  • York Grotto

Rhode Island

  • none based out of Rhode Island

South Carolina

  • South Carolina Interstate Grotto

South Dakota

  • Paha Sapa Grotto

Tennessee

  • Chattanooga Grotto
  • Clarksville Underground
  • Devilstep Grotto
  • East Tennessee Grotto
  • Nashville Grotto
  • Obey River Grotto
  • Sewanee Mountain Grotto
  • Six Ridges Grotto
  • Smoky Mountain Grotto
  • Southport Chronic Cavers
  • Spencer Mountain Grotto
  • Tennessee Central Basin Grotto
  • Upper Cumberland Grotto

Texas

  • Aggie Speleological Society
  • Bexar Grotto
  • Cowtown Grotto
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Grotto
  • Galveston Grotto
  • Greater Houston Grotto
  • Lubbock Area Grotto
  • Permian Basin Speleological Society
  • UT Grotto

Utah

  • Salt Lake Grotto[5]
  • Timpanogos Grotto
  • Utah Grotto[6]
  • Wasatch Grotto[7]

Vermont

  • Vermont Cavers Association

Virginia

  • Battlefield Area Troglodyte Society
  • Blue Ridge Grotto
  • Charlottesville Grotto
  • Fairfax Underground Network
  • Front Royal Grotto
  • Grapevine Grotto
  • James River Grotto
  • Madison University Student Grotto
  • Mid-Virginia Underground Grotto
  • Mountain Empire Grotto
  • New River Valley Grotto
  • Richmond Area Speleological Society
  • Tidewater Grotto
  • Virginia Highlands Grotto
  • VPI Cave Club

Washington

  • Cascade Grotto

West Virginia

  • Charleston Grotto
  • ESSO Grotto
  • Germany Valley Grotto
  • Greater Randolph (GROSS)
  • Monongahela Grotto
  • Monroe County Cavers
  • Mountain State Grotto
  • Parkersburg Area Grotto
  • TRA Grotto
  • Tri-State Grotto
  • West Virginia University Student Grotto

Wisconsin

  • Great Lakes Cavers
  • Wisconsin Speleological Society[8]

Wyoming

  • Armpit Grotto
  • Hole-in-the-Wall Grotto

International

  • Anthros Costa Rica Grotto
  • Balincaguin Conservancy Grotto[9]
  • PAAMUL - Gruta de

Traveling

  • Gypsy Underground Grotto
  • Stonewall Cavers

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