• Aragonite
    Aragonite Crystal Cluster. Photo © Roy Gold
  • Ceiling rimstone
    Ceiling rimstone. Photo © Charley Young
  • Flowstone
    Flowstone Falls. Photo © Jon Beard
  • Cave Entrance
    Speleothem reflections. Photo © Charley Young
  • Sink-rays
    A cave sink during summer solstice. Photo © Jim Huckins
  • Tri-colored bats
    Tri-colored bats. Photo © Jon Beard


Southwest Missouri grotto promotes conservation, survey & management of caves

The Springfield Plateau Grotto (SPG) is made up of southwest Missourians who share an interest in the conservation, survey and management of caves. A project-oriented grotto, our members work in tandem with public agencies and private landowners to promote a better understanding of caves and foster awareness of the importance of conserving the cave environment. SPG collaborates with the Missouri Speleological Survey (MSS) to document, map and study caves. SPG is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a member grotto of the National Speleological Society (NSS) and the MSS.


Karst Education & Conservation

The grotto’s members regularly participate in educational outreach programs to teach landowners and the general public about caves, how karst resources affect the quality of life for people, ecosystems and for future generations. Our cave conservation efforts extend to performing restoration work on vandalized caves and teaching members of the caving community how to restore damaged caves.

CHR019 Math Branch Map

Cave Exploration & Mapping

Members of SPG are actively involved in cave exploration and mapping of caves, which enable us to better understand how caves relate to the landscape and provide a framework for the study of cave biology, hydrology and geology. Protected from the harsh natural environment outside the caves, cave features can provide windows that shed light on past climatic and environmental conditions.

Flippen Gate

Managing Caves

SPG assists landowners in Greene, Christian, Ozark, Stone and surrounding counties with cave management and advice on the proper care of caves. Cave gates are useful in barring trespassers and vandals and protect significant bat hibernacula. Among the many cave gates that SPG has been instrumental in building, installing or funding are River Cave, Berome Moore Cave, Pearson Cave, Flippen Cave and McCormick Cave.