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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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CRF Cave Survey and Montioring Lower Buffalo National River

Want to learn about cave survey/mapping and what kind of critters are found in a cave. Learn from one of the best cavers in Arkansas, Buffalo National River project manager, Kayla Sapkota. This will be a Saturday underground caving day. Friday and Sunday will be primarily travel days. You could be in up to 4 different caves, monitoring cave life or using different instruments to survey the world underground. Gear needed: Helmet with a minimum 250 lumens head light. (KCAG can supply if needed). Warm clothing, the cave stays an average of 56 degrees all year round. Long sleeves, long pants. Layers are a good idea. You will get muddy, so wear something old just in case it gets torn or stained from mud. Gloves and knee pads. A small pack to carry 3 back of sources of light, extra batteries, water and a snack. Accommodations and meals: Lodging will be provide at Taney Bend Bunk Facility. This bunk house has flushing toilets, water, bunk beds and a full kitchen. A Saturday breakfast and dinner will be provided. Communal Bunk beds are provided. you will need sleeping bag, pillow. What ever will bring you comfortable sleep. Some people snore, you might want to have a set of ear plugs.

Missouri Cave Biology Presentaion

Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center

Dr. David Ashley, a retired professor of biology at Missouri Western State University will share his studies of Missouri Cave Biology. Concentrations in Carroll Cave and Tumbling Creek Cave with his many students. He has long studied bats, believing them to be misunderstood in popular culture and a being a great benefit to the enviorment

CRF Cave Survey and Montioring Lower Buffalo National River

Want to learn about cave survey/mapping and what kind of critters are found in a cave. Learn from one of the best cavers in Arkansas, Buffalo National River project manager, Kayla Sapkota. This will be a Saturday underground caving day. Friday and Sunday will be primarily travel days. You could be in up to 4 different caves, monitoring cave life or using different instruments to survey the world underground. Gear needed: Helmet with a minimum 250 lumens head light. (KCAG can supply if needed). Warm clothing, the cave stays an average of 56 degrees all year round. Long sleeves, long pants. Layers are a good idea. You will get muddy, so wear something old just in case it gets torn or stained from mud. Gloves and knee pads. A small pack to carry 3 back of sources of light, extra batteries, water and a snack. Accommodations and meals: Lodging will be provide at Taney Bend Bunk Facility. This bunk house has flushing toilets, water, bunk beds and a full kitchen. A Saturday breakfast and dinner will be provided. Communal Bunk beds are provided. you will need sleeping bag, pillow. What ever will bring you comfortable sleep. Some people snore, you might want to have a set of ear plugs.

CRF Cave Survey and Montioring Upper Buffalo National River

Want to learn about cave survey/mapping and what kind of critters are found in a cave. Learn from one of the best cavers in Arkansas, Buffalo National River project manager, Kayla Sapkota. This will be a Saturday underground caving day. Friday and Sunday will be primarily travel days. You could be in up to 4 different caves, monitoring cave life or using different instruments to survey the world underground. Gear needed: Helmet with a minimum 250 lumens head light. (KCAG can supply if needed). Warm clothing, the cave stays an average of 56 degrees all year round. Long sleeves, long pants. Layers are a good idea. You will get muddy, so wear something old just in case it gets torn or stained from mud. Gloves and knee pads. A small pack to carry 3 back of sources of light, extra batteries, water and a snack. Accommodations and meals: Lodging will be provide at a Bunk Facility. This bunk house has flushing toilets, water, bunk beds and a full kitchen. A Saturday breakfast and dinner will be provided. Communal Bunk beds are provided. you will need sleeping bag, pillow. What ever will bring you comfortable sleep. Some people snore, you might want to have a set of ear plugs.

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