At the Springfield Plateau Grotto, our members average 200 wild cave trips per year, not only in Missouri, but also in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and other states.
Caving trips, both confirmed and tentative, will be posted here as plans come together. If there is a cave you would like to visit, please contact Matt Bumgardner to inquire about arranging a trip.
July 18 – Survey Giboney Cave, Doling Park, Springfield. Jon Beard and Roy Gold will be surveying the cave. If you would like to help, please email Jon for information on where and when to meet.
July 28-30 -Buffalo National River, Cave Research Foundation survey and bio monitoring trip. Steel Creek. For information on where and when to meet, contact Dillon Frieburger.
All summer – Jon Beard needs help surveying Boswell Tractor Pit Cave, Little Bear Cave, Shoal Creek Cave and other caves, continue searching for big-earred bats and restoration of Fitzpatrick Cave. Send Jon an email, if you would like to help with any of the projects.
August 19-21, 2017 – Berome Moore Total Eclipse weekend. Although the actual eclipse is on Monday, there is a full weekend of caving planned in the cave. The site is in the path of total eclipse and has electricity and city water and a nice spacious privy. The city of Perryville is just two minutes away with stores and restaurants, too. If you don’t have other plans, would like to participate or need directions, contact Jon Beard.
August 26 – Melvin will man a display at the Maker’s Fair sponsored by Bass Pro. For more info, contact Melvin.
Sept. 8-10 – SPG Bat & Cave display, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Days, Table Rock State Park, Branson. If you would like to help, contact Melvin.
Sept. 30-Oct. 7 – Area cavers will be spending the week in TAG country caves. Contact Bill Heim if interested.
Oct. 12 –Bat & Cave presentation to new Missouri Master Naturalist class, Missouri Department of Conservation. If you would like to help, contact Melvin.
Winter 2016 Cave Expedition
Watch a video of the February 13, 2016 Expedition to Carroll Cave in Camden County, currently Missouri’s second longest cave at 18.153 miles in length.