Meetings, Events & News
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Below you will find announcements about upcoming meetings, caving events and caving news. If you have an item that you would like to have posted on this page, please email us with the details.
The next MCKC Business meeting will be held at what will be our newest cave acquisition in Pulaski County from 9/10 thru to 9/12. The cave is rather large and over a mile long. In general it is very sporty to explore. It has had a troubled past.
The reason for it being a weekend long gathering is that on Saturday we will be working on clearing brush around the parking area and gate in preparation for gravel. Also we will be picking up trash along the roadside below the cave and trash in the cave. We might even break out the graffiti removal equipment if there is enough help. Sunday will be the actual business meeting.
There will be some organized cave trips available for cavers with all of the proper caving equipment.
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send specific details as to location and times to those who RSVP as the date approaches. Parking space is very limited at the cave so there will be a cap on how many people can attend.
You must be an MCKC Member to attend.
Other Cave Activities
Stay tuned for updates!
The MCKC has acquired another cave to its growing list of preserves.
Kiesewetter Cave in Pulaski County now belongs to the MCKC. For permits and access please contact the MCKC Board!
A 50 year lease has been signed for Blackfathom Pit and Grandpa’s Hole in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri. The Blackfathom River Cave is the 7th longest surveyed cave in the state of Missouri at 7.11 miles in length. Both caves are accessed on the same property; however, they do not physically connect. Grandpa’s Hole has an ongoing clean up as the cave was used as a trash dump for some time. The cave has a horizontal entrance, a 58′ pit entrance, as well as large rooms, bear beds, formations and interesting geological bedding.
Follow MVOR on Facebook to stay up to see flyer with list of activities planned for the weekend and get a registration form.
- September/October 2020 Terrain Magazine, Is Caving For You by Thea Voutiritsas
- March 2020 – St. Louisans finally locate a mysterious, hidden lagering cave in Benton Park by Chris Naffziger
- October 2017 Rural Missouri, A Cave to Save by Zach Smith.
- March 2017 issue of Conservation Federation of Missouri‘s magazine – Goodwin Sinkhole article, page 48.
- April 2016 Bats on the Rebound by Kathy Love, The New Territory magazine.
- February 12, 2016 An IV Flow Sensor Inspired By Blind Cave Fish Researchers have developed an IV flow sensor inspired by the neuromasts that give the blind cave fish its ability to detect its surroundings.
- January 24, 2016 Blackfathom River Cave Among the Discoveries that Push Missouri’s Cave Count over 7000
- August 6, 2015 Divers Discover Unseen World in Lewis Cave, Wes Johnson, reporter for Springfield News-Leader.
- June 29, 2015 Eerie Devils Well, Wes Johnson, reporter for Springfield News-Leader
- June 28, 2015 Devils Well Daily American Republic 6.28.2015 comp
- March 20, 2015 Springfield News-Leader. Crystal Caverns Vandals: Here’s a Chance to Do Right by reporter Wes Johnson.
- March 19, 2015 KY3-TV reporter Mike Landis talks with Jonathan Beard, MCKC Vice President about the vandalism at Crystal Caverns. Crime in a Cave.
- March 11, 2015 Barry County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Vandalism at Crystal Caverns. October 30, 2014 Going deep: Divers discover unseen world at Bennett Spring
- December 16, 2013 Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome – The latest WNS film produced by Ravenswood Media for the U. S. Forest Service.
- December 11, 2013 Fall 2013 Vol. 6 Issue 2 Vol. Beneath the Forest, a caves and karst newsletter published by the Forest Service of the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture.
- October 17, 2013 In the Fall 2013 issue of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources quarterly magazine, Missouri Resources, read Playground with a Past by Larry Archer. He covers some of Goodwin Pit Sinkhole & Cave historical background and reports on MCKC’s restoration work that began in 2012.
- April 26, 2013 Over two weekends, March 30th and April 13th, cavers from Missouri’s Meramec Valley, Middle Mississippi Valley and Southeast Missouri Grottos came together to remove over 1,000 tires from a number if sinkholes in Perry County >>Read More
- February 27, 2013 Dianne Steingrubey, reporter with the Lake Today wrote an article about the Goodwin Pit cleanup last February and followed with another story about the current status of the project.
- December 7, 2012 MCKC’s Goodwin Pit Cave property, Lake Expo story by Nathan Bechtold.