WELCOME TO THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY GROTTO
GREAT NEWS L.A.D. FOUNDATION HAS ACQUIRED FIVE ACRES INCLUDING BEROME'S RESURGENCE AND DEVILS JUMP OFF
62 GOLDEN YEARS OF CAVING
As a non-profit corporation, MMV GROTTO accepts donations to help maintain Berome Moore Cave and cave grounds. Contact our treasurer to make arrangements.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to our Berome partner,
the Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy, please visit their website for contact info.
The Middle Mississippi Valley Grotto (MMV) is a chapter of the National Speleological Society, dedicated to the exploration, study and conservation of caves. MMV has been a fixture in St. Louis since 1958, with over 600 monthly meetings to its credit.
MMV cavers have a special interest in the caves and karst of Perry County, the most cave rich county in the state, and those of the Meramec Valley, where we have had a long and cooperative relationship with both private and public land owners and managers.
Our emphasis is on productive caving--discovery, research and survey as well as fellowship. Many grotto members have over 20 years experience in active caving. We are locally affiliated with the Missouri Speleological Survey, Inc., and actively participate in cartography and speleological research.
Make Your Mark
As a Chapter of the National Speleological Society (NSS) the Middle Mississippi Valley Grotto is dedicated to the exploration, research and survey of caves, especially in Perry County, Missouri. Also affiliated with the Missouri Speleological Survey (MSS) and the Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy (MCKC).
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We Meet Every Other Month
January, March, May, July, September, November on the second Tuesday on the 6:30 PM at The Powder Valley Nature Preserve
Meetings are located at 11715 Cragwold Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122
CARING OR YOUR KARST
Make A True Change
Karst. It isn’t a word you hear every day, but it’s the most common kind of geology found in Missouri. Karst is a region of porous limestone and dolomite, containing deep fissures and sinkholes. It is also home to caves, tunnels, natural bridges, losing and underground streams. Karst is also home to many animals, including bats, fish, salamanders and thousands of insects and invertebrates uniquely adapted to live underground all or part of their lives. Karst water systems are vulnerable to quick surface to underground water cycling, which causes groundwater pollution from natural, industrial and human sources.
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National Speleological Society
the National Speleological Society is the largest organization in the world working every day to further the exploration, study, and protection of caves and their environments, and foster fellowship among cavers.
For over 70 years, the National Speleological Society has promoted safe and responsible caving practices, effective cave and karst management, speleology, and conservation. Our members are bound together by their love of caves and caving and their desire to learn about the underground wilderness and protect it for future generations.
Missouri Speleological Survey
The Missouri Speleological Survey, Inc. (MSS) is a not-for-profit corporation whose cooperators are individuals and organizations engaged in speleological study and research in Missouri speleology. They are interested in cave conservation to ensure the continued existence of caves and their contents in a natural state. To this aim, they map and research caves, and maintain a common repository of information collected by the cooperators, in cooperation with the Missouri Geological Survey and other public and private agencies. Founded in 1956 by Dr. Oscar Hawksley, Jerry Vineyard, and MMV member Frank Dahlgren, the MSS predates MMV by a mere two years; most of the important figures of Missouri caving have been affiliated at one time or another.
Missouri Caves and Karst Conserency
We cooperate with the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission and contribute to
SEMOGIS.COM, an online public repository for a ten-county regional GIS dataset open for use by the public and local officials. Data includes emergency services, voting districts, hydrology, roads, railroads, school districts, and other geographic and demographic units.