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 (2022)

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

Upcoming Meetings and Activities

Bentleys Cave Beginner Trip – Saturday, May 14, 2022

CCG will be visiting a great introductory cave, Bentleys Cave: http://www.necaveconservancy.org/bentleys-preserve/. Email info@ctcavers.org with “Bentleys Cave May 2022” in the subject line if you are interested in joining. This limestone cave has a little bit of everything in it and is perfect for anyone who wants a taste of caving.


CCG Monthly Meeting -Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 7pm

The May meeting will be held on Tuesday May 17 at location to be announced.

For more info please call/text Veronica at 860-620-7521, or email info@ctcavers.org with “CCG Meeting May 17” in the subject line. Non-members who are interested in caving are very welcome to join.


Spring NRO - Fri-Sun, May 20-22, 2022
The Northeastern Regional Organization of the NSS will be holding its first gathering of cavers in 2.5 years. Hosted by the Northeastern Cave Conservancy. All the usual NRO activities will be featured, including camping, hot meals, lots of nearby caving, NCC Saturday night auction followed by a rock band led by caver Larry Botto, the Bizarros, complete with interactive stage show. More features to come! The event will be held in Pattersonville, NY. For more info please email info@ctcavers.org with “Spring 2022 NRO” in the subject line or visit the event's website at https://www.necaveconservancy.org/nro2022/ or the Facebook page: https://fb.me/e/1O96pyiMF


Clarksville Cave Beginner Trip – Saturday, June 4, 2022

Intro to caving trip at Clarksville Cave in New York, one of our favorite caves for beginners. http://www.necaveconservancy.org/clarksville-preserve/ . Email info@ctcavers.org with “Clarksville Cave June 2022” 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


NSS Convention - June 13-17, 2022
The National Speleological Society is having its 2022 convention in Rapid City, South Dakota. For details on this event see https://nss2022.caves.org/ . There are a number of CCG members planning to attend, email info@ctcavers.org with “NSS Convention 2022” in the subject line if you would like more information on CCG related plans.


CCG Schoharie Cabin Caving Weekend - Fri-Sun, July 22-24, 2022

CCG has reserved the Schoharie Cabin for a fun weekend of caving in Schoharie NY. Caving trips of all skill levels will be led to some of our favorite caves nearby the cabin. Please email info@ctcavers.org with “CCG Schoharie Cabin Caving Weekend 2022” in the subject line. for more details or to RSVP. This event is only open to cavers with active CCG memberships.