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Mid-Appalachian Region of
the National Speleological Society


The Mid-Appalachian Region (MAR) of the National Speleological Society (NSS) is a regional organization of the NSS consisting of various grottos and organized caving clubs within the general geographic area, or region, of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.   Official MAR Logo

The MAR, an internal organization of the NSS, is dedicated to the principles of the NSS, to promote fellowship among its members, and to advance the science of speleology.

The Mid-Appalachian Region of the NSS was officially established on October 10, 1953 at Shippensburg State Teachers College, currently known as Shippensburg University, in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

It sponsors two regional field meets (Spring and Fall), and hosts its annual business meeting in the month of February. The region publishes a newsletter, the "MAR Breakdown", which is published three times a year and occasionally publishes county bulletins on Pennsylvania caves.



MAR NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:      - September 10, 2021

MAR BREAKDOWN     The August 2021 issue of the MAR Breakdown is now available. Please feel free to take a moment and read up on the latest happenings.

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2021 FALL MAR     The joint FALL MAR/VAR field event has been cancelled in order to keep everyone safe as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues. The event is being postponed till Spring 2022 and we hope that you can join us then. The event will be held at the same location at Grand Caverns in Grottoes, Virginia (see below).

2022 SPRING MAR    The SPRING MAR will be a joint field meet with VAR and will surely be one not to miss! The Seven Valleys Grotto and the Charlottesville Grotto will be co-hosting the 2022 Fall Joint MAR/VAR. The event will be held in the Spring of 2022 (hopefully) at Grand Caverns located in Grottoes, VA (Augusta County). More information regarding this event and registration will be posted as it becomes available.

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