National convention

700 to 1,000 speleologists, national congress in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, SD – The ultimate event for cave exploration enthusiasts is coming to Rapid City.

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

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

The convention will bring together between 700 and 1,000 cave exploration experts, enthusiasts and scientists from around the world to share their latest findings and research.

“You know these people come here and they’re going to present the research, a lot of what’s been done during the pandemic, and nobody’s heard of it yet, so they’re going to be here talking about airflow , science , and geology, cave mapping and all kinds of stuff that they’ve been working on for years,” said NSS administrative vice president Adam Weaver.

The week-long event will include presentations on exploration in the United States and around the world, 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 delegates can hang out with the experts and better understand what’s happening under our feet.

“But it’s a chance to basically see what’s happening in your own backyard,” said NSS convention chair Chris Pelczarski. “If you’re interested in science, it doesn’t get any better. That’s science happening here.

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