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The Kansas City Area Grotto is the Kansas City chapter of the National Speleological Society (NSS), a nationwide organization of "cavers' - people interested in finding, exploring,documenting, managing, and preserving wild caves. KCAG is heavily involved with many caving projects, most of them in Missouri, although some of us also work in other parts of the United States and even overseas. Project caving includes discovering new caves, surveying, monitoring caves on behalf of government agencies. managing caves on behave of private land owners, conducting scientific research in caves, cave restoration and clean-up, publishing articles on caves, gating caves when necessary and all kinds of educational outreach programs. Anyone is welcome to join our group and learn more about caving.

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May Grotto Meeting

Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Our May Grotto meeting will be this Tuesday (17th) at 6:30pm. We will be meeting at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center Auditorium. 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. You can also join over zoom at

Cleveland Cave Novice Trip


We are planning another Grotto Novice trip to Cleveland Cave! We have a permit from the Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy to explore Cleveland Cave, which is located about 5 miles West of Osceola, MO. This is a "fracture-determined" cave developed along fault lines with several tall, skinny passages and FALL HAZARDS. Going through the cave, we will encounter some crawling through mud, traversing deep canyons and chimneying up and down some canyon passages. This may not be a good cave for anyone afraid of heights! There will also be some climbing in very damp, tight, muddy conditions. Plan to spend 2 to 3 hours in the cave. It is a great cave for novices wanting to experience caving as well as for experienced cavers. Kids age 10 and up are welcome to attend this trip. A signed liability release is required by the land owner as this cave is on private land and trespassing to the cave (which is gated and locked) is strictly forbidden.

Signing up on Meetup does not guarantee you a spot on this trip (see requirements below.) Feel free to sign up on Meetup; That will get you on the tentative list. If this trip fills up, I will maintain a wait list as we often have some last minute cancellations.

Caving is a very physical and challenging sport. It involves a lot of crawling and climbing. Proper attire is necessary; as there will be water, cool temperatures and mud involved. Caving helmets and helmet lights will be available for you to borrow for a suggested donation of $5. You do not need to have any experience to go on this trip. You do need to have either attended a previous novice trip with the Kansas City Grotto, or attended an Intro to Caving (Zoom) session hosted by the Grotto. To reserve your spot on the trip, please message the event host Kristen Vogel. Happy Caving!

Intro to Caving

Online event

Upcoming Novice trip planned for June 26th.

How do I get started caving? What should I bring? Where are the caves? When are the trips? How do I get into (insert name) cave?
Get answers to all these questions and more at the Online Intro to Caving session. There will be a brief presentation covering why we go caving, what to bring, what to expect, and how to stay safe.

We will discuss upcoming cave trips and talk about what we should plan next. Your input is needed to help plan these trips.

Did you know the Kansas City Area Grotto has cave trips that don’t get posted on Meetup? That’s right! Come get involved with the discussion to find out more about caving opportunities.

Participation from experienced cavers is appreciated! Be prepared to impart your wisdom on to new cavers.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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