700 to 1,000 caving experts, national convention coming to Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The ultimate event for Cave Exploration lovers is coming to Rapid City.

The annual National Caving Convention will be held at the Central States Fairgrounds from June 13 to June 17. Its the first convention held in person since 2019, due to the pandemic.

The event is put on by the the National Speleological Society (NSS), which is the largest cave exploration conservation organization in the world.

The convention will feature between 700 and 1,000 cave exploration experts, enthusiasts and scientists around the world, who will share their latest findings and research.

“You know these folks are coming here and they’re going to be presenting the research, much of what was done during the pandemic, and no one has heard about it yet, so they’re going to be here talking about airflow, science, and geology, and cave cartography and all kinds of things they’ve been working on for years,” said Adam Weaver, the Administrative Vice President with NSS.

The week long event will include presentations on exploration around the U.S. and the globe, as well as Paleontology and Geology.

Organizers say it’s the perfect social event as there will be music, beer and even an amateur rodeo. They say that convention-goers can hang out with the experts and gain a better understanding of what’s going on beneath our feet.

“But this is a chance to basically see what’s happening in your own backyard,” said Chris Pelczarski, the Chair of the NSS Convention. “If you have an interest in science, it doesn’t get any better. This is the science that is happening right here.”

Registration for the event is required and you can register by clicking here. 

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