Central Connecticut Grotto


What is the Central Connecticut Grotto of the National Speleological Society?

The Central Connecticut Grotto (CCG) is a local chapter of The National Speleological Society ( NSS). The CCG shares the goals of other NSS Grottos, which are to organize trips, offer training, practice cave conservation, and generally provide a framework for enjoying and studying caves. The Central Connecticut Grotto welcomes new members who are interested in caves and committed to cave conservation. Join us - membership info is on our "Membership" page.

Our Monthly Meetings

Meetings are open to anyone interested in caves and committed to cave conservation. At each meeting we discuss Grotto business, trip reports and plan future trips. Many meetings also have a presentation; either a talk, demonstration, slides, or video. It is not necessary to attend meetings to be a Grotto member, though we would like you to attend.

Location, Date, and Time of meetings can change. Non-members should confirm by calling a meeting contact number or emailing info@ctcavers.org, with "CCG Meeting" in the subject line.

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Officers and Committees (2021)

Contact officers at info@ctcavers.org

Chair - Veronica Sassu Laviero
Vice Chair - Steve Millett
Treasurer - Alisa Werst
Secretary - Jeff Laviero
Webmaster - Norm Berg
Membership - Diane Lucas
Safety - Doug Truitt
Conservation - Mike Sandone
Vertical - Felicia Millett
Equipment - Steve Millett
Newsletter - Danny Brass
Member at Large - Blase LaSala

Meetings and Activities

CCG Schoharie Cabin Caving Weekend - Fri-Sun, July 16-18, 2021

CCG has reserved the Schoharie Cabin for a fun weekend of caving in Schoharie NY. Save the date, more details to come.

CCG Monthly Meeting and Vertical Practice - June 15, 2021

This will be our first in person meeting in a long time and all are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held outdoors at a members home in Bristol, CT. For those who cannot attend in person a Zoom option will still be available. If weather cooperates we will set up ropes for vertical practice and a grill will be available for you to use. For more info please call/text Veronica at 860-620-7521, or email info@ctcavers.org with “CCG Meeting Jun 15” in the subject line. Non-members who are interested in caving are very welcome to join.

Alan Traino Preserve Beginner Trip – Saturday, June 12, 2021

CCG is planning a caving trip to newly opened Alan Traino Cave Preserve owned by the Northeastern Cave Conservancy http://www.necaveconservancy.org/ Email info@ctcavers.org with “Traino Preserve June 2021” in the subject line if you are interested in joining. The two main caves on the property are “Slingerland’s Hellhole” and “George’s Surprise. There is in total about a half mile of cave on the property, mostly wet and muddy crawling passage. Be ready for an adventure!

Clarksville Cave Beginner Trip – Saturday, May 22, 2021

CCG is kicking off the 2021 caving season with a intro to caving trip to Clarksville Cave: http://www.necaveconservancy.org/clarksville-preserve/ . Email info@ctcavers.org with “Clarksville Cave May 2021” in the subject line if you are interested in joining. If you don’t mind spoilers here is a teaser for the video we shot in the cave last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx959WRVJnE

CCG Monthly Meeting - May 18, 2021
We will have an online meeting. CCG members will get an email before the meeting. For more info please call/text Veronica at 860-620-7521, or email info@ctcavers.org with “CCG Meeting” in the subject line. Non-members who are interested in caving are very welcome to join.

Searching for a Lost Connecticut Cave – Sunday, May 2, 2021
A group of us are going to go for a 3-5 mile hike and search a boulder field for “Compounce Cave”. If weather cooperates it will be a nice hike with views of the New Britain Reservoir followed by scrambling through a boulder field in search of talus caves. Finally, we will end the day checking out “The Great Unconformity”. Email info@ctcavers.org with “Compounce Cave” in the subject line if you are interested in joining. Non-members who are interested in caving are very welcome to join.

CCG Monthly Meeting - April 20, 2021
We will have an online meeting. CCG members will get an email before the meeting. For more info please call/text Veronica at 860-620-7521, or email info@ctcavers.org with “CCG Meeting” in the subject line. Non-members who are interested in caving are very welcome to join.

CCG Monthly Meeting - March 16, 2021

We all love to visit the dark and mysterious world under the earth’s surface. Some though are out of reach to most cavers too. These places are flooded caves and mines. Deep within those dark waters are hidden landscapes that may soon be within our grasp through Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROUV). Come along as I introduce you to the ROUV technology now available to many, what we can accomplish with it and what is to come in the near future.

CCG member Michael Girard will be giving us a presentation on his exploration with Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROUV) and some of the technology behind them at this meeting. http://www.strange-new-england.com/

We will have an online meeting. CCG members will get an email before the meeting. For more info please contact Veronica at 860-620-7521, or email info@ctcavers.org with “CCG Meeting” in the subject line. Non-members who are interested in caving are very welcome to join.