Message from the President Regarding the Coronavirus
NSS Headquarters, Huntsville, AL — Folks, the Coronavirus is sweeping the country and will put a great strain on our medical resources including many of our members that work in the health care industry. Health care professionals indicate that we must flatten the curve of infections, so we have enough resources for everyone.
We’ve recommended that physical grotto meetings as well as regional events be canceled for the foreseeable future and everyone to practice social distancing. Hosting online grotto meetings is a way to stay connected and to allow us to check up on our members. The Bexar Grotto held an online meeting on Monday (March 23) which went very well. The online option also lends itself to inviting visitors from across the country to participate or even present a program. I would also point folks to our excellent webinar and luminary series presentations on the NSS website. They can be downloaded and viewed by members or as a grotto presentation. If you would like to host a webinar, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try and set it up.
We are asking folks to make sure they check up on their neighbors and friends and make sure everyone is staying healthy. The NSS is a membership organization but also a family. Please be kind and helpful during these trying times.
The Executive Committee is following the outbreak closely and we will make a recommendation to the board of governors soon regarding whether the NSS Convention in July will need to be cancelled or postponed.
Regarding caving during the pandemic. Please exercise caution related to social distancing and also special care related to taking risk. Remember, that cave lead will still be there in a few months. A cave accident may be difficult to respond to because of limited resources. Be careful out there. Of course, getting outdoors is a great way to help keep fit and get some fresh air.
No doubt you have been following the news regarding Coronavirus
– also known as COVID-19. I want to assure you that the National
Speleological Society (NSS) and the 2020 NSS Convention Staff continue to
closely monitor the situation and the potential effects to our members and
events. We are committed to keeping you safe as the health and well-being
of all our members are top priorities.
As of now the 2020 NSS Convention remains as scheduled: July 27–31, 2020. Based on the uncertainties regarding COVID-19, the NSS Convention Staff has decided to change the Pre-Registration deadline to May 31, 2020. We hope this doesn’t inconvenience our membership.
One thing we should all do is educate ourselves from a reliable
As always, feel free to send any questions or concerns our
way. If scheduling changes need to be made, we will reach out
again. It is in challenging times like these that we see our core values
in action. Thank you for your commitment to each other and the NSS.
Keep Calm & Carry On
Katherine “Kat” Crispin, Ph.D.
NSS Administrative Vice President
This is a list of sessions that are likely to have formal presentations. In addition to the session chair’s name and email address, it shows the date abstracts for the session are due. Abstracts should be sent to the session chair and must be no longer than 250 words. Please also say how much time you need for your presentation.
The Howdy Party will be held in the Pavilion at the campsite Monday Evening. This is the official meet & greet for convention attendees and a wonderful opportunity to find and catch up with all the friends you’ve met through previous convention attendance and caving. Instead of a sit-down catered affair that limits socializing, your Chairman, Rich Geisler, asked his organizers to provide attendees with a delightful sampling of West Virginia inspired offerings. THERE WILL NOT BE A FULL DINNER PROVIDED Don’t come for a meal but plan on a gustatory sampling!
NSS Art & Music Salons encourage and recognize cave-related arts, artists, and musicians. NSS Salons are open to everyone; entrants need not be members of the NSS. Rules, entry forms, and deadlines are available on each Salon’s website. For more information navigate to: http://www.caves.org/committee/salons/
The best of each Salon’s entries will be exhibited at the NSS Convention in Elkins, West Virginia, 2020. Each Salon’s top award and Caver’s Choice award (if applicable) is presented during the convention’s Thursday evening Salon program. After the convention, low-resolution representations of the top award winners for every Salon are placed in the NSS Salons web pages and, other than music, in the NSS News.
The initial draft of the 2020 Daily Convention Schedule is now available. Review when the various sessions will take place and start planning your workshops. Read more about the schedule and download a printable copy.
This guide is intended to help travelers unfamiliar with the routes from the DC area to Elkins, WV. There are numerous shops, wineries, breweries, local eateries, hiking & biking trails, scenic overlooks, and countless other points of interest all along the way. By no means are we trying to list them all or making any form of judgement by listing them or not. A direct trip will be approx. 200 miles and take about 4 hours – however, should you find yourself with some time to spare, below are mentioned some of the more known stops along the way.
Welcome to Historic Beverly, West Virginia—the small town with big history!
Located between the TRA campsite and the NSS convention site, Beverly offers a variety of options for visitors to take in its long, rich history. The Beverly Heritage Center and the Randolph County Historical Society museums, located in the center of Beverly, show visitors examples of life in Beverly from the earliest settlers in the 1770s to more recent history.