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.
Wednesdays – Fitzpatrick Cave. Jon Beard is planning on conducting restoration work in the cave. most, but not all Wednesdays. If you are interested in helping and available, please let me know: Email. We’ll schedule something. Right now the process is numbering each broken stalactite/mite piece, photographing it and recording the numbers. This will eventually be used to look for matching ends on a monitor to determine where the pieces belong.
April 5 and 6 – Breakdown Cave guided field trips for Nixa High School earth science classes. There will be two trip each day. First trip will start at 7:30 a..m. each day and the second trip each day will end at 2:30 p.m. Contact Jon Beard, if you would like to assist and enjoy these trips.
April 11-15 – Butler Hollow Cave Gating, Mark Twain National Forest. This is a Cave Research Foundation project in Barry County, MO, just north of Gateway, Arkansas. Will be gating two mined caves. The crew will car-camp on the ridge above the caves. Meals will be provided and a small stipend to cover gas expenses. A few more helpers are needed to round out the crew. Email or call Jim Cooley at 816-753-8111, if you can help with the project.
Winter 2016 Cave Expedition
Watch a video of the February 13, 2016 Expedition to Carroll Cave in Camden County.