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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:      - January 22, 2023

MAR OFFICER ELECTIONS     The online nomination for the 2023 MAR Officer elections are here! Please take a few minutes and make any nomination(s) that you wish to suggest. Nominees must be NSS members and a Caver of the Region (member of a MAR Grotto or an independent caver residing in DE, MD, NJ, or PA). Once elected, the three officers determine their officer positions. Nominations can be cast "here"

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING     In-Person format resumes with the option of online call-in. The 2023 MAR annual business meeting will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the Mt. Laurel Church of God. The church is located at 1295 Piketown Road, intersection of Sleepy Hollow Road and the Appalachian Trail, and across the street from the West Hanover Fire Company in W. Hanover Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. As in the past, please plan on bringing a covered dish for the "Pot-luck" meal. For more information and directions, please see "Business Meetings". Please note that there will be the usual PCC Meeting following the MAR Businss meeting.

MAR BREAKDOWN     The Janaury 2023 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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2023 SPRING MAR     The Franklin County Grotto will be hosting the 2023 Spring MAR. The event will be held on the weekend of May 5-7, 2023 at the Harper's Memorial Park (Shade Gap Fire Station) located in Shade Gap, PA (Hungtindon County). More information regarding this event and registration can be viewed "here".

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