Va Cave Week

Presented by friends of the Virginia Cave Board

This year we are celebrating Virginia Cave Week
June 4 - 10, 2023


Welcome to Virginia Cave Week

Virginia Cave Week promotes an understanding of Virginia's caves and the surrounding limestone habitats known as karst. Sponsored by the Virginia Cave Board, the week is used to highlight a specific theme related to caves and karst and provide resources and educational opportunities to engage the community in conservation efforts. Educators are encouraged to involve their students using in-class activities and visitation to the state's numerous commercial caves

This Web site is a resource for material related to cave and karst education. Check out the different tabs for information and links having to do with caves, karst-related education, class-room activities, virtual caves, and more. Enjoy.

Ogdens Cave Natural Area Preserve

Tuesday, June 6: Come join cavers and speleologists from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Karst Program on a visit to this natural area complete with a short cave tour. Learn about the importance of caves and karst and then actually go INTO a cave! Helmets and headlamps will be provided; wear sturdy shoes/boots with treads, long pants, a light jacket or rugged shirt with long sleeves—cave temp will be about 54 degrees—and gloves (garden gloves are fine). The cave tour will last up to one hour.

Hours for the tours are from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ogdens Cave Natural Area Preserve is located in Middletown, Virginia, in Frederick County. Special permission from the Virginia Natural Heritage Program (VDCR) has been given for this Virginia Cave Week event. To register, email Meredith Weberg at no later than June 5, 2023.

Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns will be open and celebrating Virginia Cave Week with a new Cave Week brochure that tells all about the geology and importance of caves and karst.

National Cave Week at Grand Caverns Park

Join us and celebrate Grand Caverns’ and Fountain Cave’s 50th anniversary as a National Natural Landmark during National Cave Week: June 4th–10th

June 9th: Free Movie Night at Grand Caverns Park
Come watch a cave-themed and family friendly film; “Journey to the Center of the Earth” at Grand Caverns Park by the stage.

Bring the family out and bring your favorite movie snacks and chairs/blanket and enjoy this family friendly film, generously sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Grottoes.

June 10th: Cave & Karst Expo at Grand Caverns Park from 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Bring the family out and learn about what makes the Shenandoah Valley so unique with caves and geology!

Also, bring an appetite, C&C Country Cookin' Food Truck will be there slinging southern cuisine!

This event will be packed with our partners including; Bat Conservation & Rescue of Virginia, JMU Geology Department, Cave Conservancy of the Virginias, Virginia Museum of Natural History, Virginia Living Museum, Shenandoah National Park, and the National Natural Landmark Program, just to name a few!!!!
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