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.

Officers and Committees (2023)

Contact officers at info@ctcavers.org

Chair - Veronica Sassu Laviero
Vice Chair - Steve Millett
Treasurer - Alisa Werst
Secretary - Jeff Laviero
Webmaster - Norm Berg  /  Steve Millett
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

CCG Monthly Meeting - Friday Feb. 23, 2024 

The February meeting will be held at member's home in Plainville, CT. The official meeting will start at 7pm, but people are welcome to arrive as early as 6pm. For those who cannot attend in person a Zoom option will still be available. CCG members will get an email before the meeting with exact details. For more info, please call/text Veronica at 860-620-7521, or email info@ctcavers.org with “CCG February Meeting” in the subject line. Non-members who are interested in caving are very welcome to join.  Following the meeting we will do vertical gear inspection of the grotto's vertical gear in preparation for the 2024 caving season.  Attendees can also bring their own gear for inspection as well.

Entering the NSS Video Salon for the First Time

A quick talk about getting into cave videos and entering a video in the 2023 NSS Video Salon. I will give a quick overview of equipment and my idea of what caver storytelling is, We will also talk about what it takes to get volunteers to go along with some odd sounding ideas for a project. We will look at a few parts of some videos and where the videos wind up.