COVID-19 Visitation Policy
We expect you to follow all the guidance related to Covid-19 precautions that are in effect at the time of a trip, both in New York and in your own states (if members of your party are coming from outside New York). If they are incompatible with caving, we expect that you will postpone your trip. We also ask you to consider what will happen in the event that a rescue should become necessary - those likely to respond come from different households across several neighboring states, and would be working in close quarters and large numbers not appropriate to current social distancing expectations. While you should always call for help if it’s needed, we ask that if you do go caving, you do everything in your power to avoid taking risks that might make the likelihood of a rescue more than minuscule - while the need to recreate is understandable, this is not an appropriate time for challenging, limit-pushing, or fast-paced trips. Conservative, easy-going, and risk-averse are where it’s at.

NCC Mission

The Northeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (NCC) is a not-for-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to the conservation, study, management, and acquisition of caves and karst areas having significant geological, hydrological, biological, recreational, historical or aesthetic features.

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Join The NCC

Join us in our efforts to preserve caves and karst in the Northeast.
Photo Credit: Rich Lester

NCC Preserves

The NCC offers a wide variety of above ground and underground experiences.
Photo Credit: John Dunham


You can provide assistance even from the comfort of your own home.
Photo Credit: Christa Hay

The NCC currently owns several cave and karst areas, including:

NCC members assist in the exploration, survey, and protection of these natural resources, and manage them so you can explore them yourself.

However, cave exploration and hiking on karst terrain may involve risk or injury, even death from various hazards, both obvious and obscure, including, but not limited to, slippery and uneven ground, open pits, injury by acts of other people, falling, being struck by falling objects, becoming lost, the presence or sudden appearance of water, and hypothermia. All cave visitors will abide by the normally accepted rules of safe and conservation minded caving as outlined by the National Speleological Society, 6001 Pulaski Pike, Huntsville, Alabama 35810-1122

NCC Events Calendar

Sunday, March 6, 2022

NCC Board Meeting
9 AM if entirely by videoconference
10 AM if in person at HRP Associates
Contact secretary@necaveconservancy.org for link

Sunday, June 5, 2022

NCC Board Meeting
9 AM if entirely by videoconference
10 AM if in person at location TBD
Contact secretary@necaveconservancy.org for link