Cave Week Theme
Let's hear it
for Virginia Cave Week!
Virginia Cave Week promotes an understanding of Virginia's caves and the surrounding limestone habitats known as karst. Sponsored by the Virginia Cave Board, the week is used to highlight a specific theme related to karst and provide resources and educational opportunities to engage the community in conservation efforts. Educators are encouraged to involve their students using in-class activities and visitation to the state's numerous commercial caves.
This Web site is a resource for material related to cave and karst education. Check out the different tabs for information and links having to do with caves, karst-related education, class-room activities, virtual caves, and more. Enjoy.
Each year offers different areas of focus for VA Cave Week. The theme for 2017 is Karst Springs.
A Karst Spring is a spring that is part of a karst system. A spring is a natural resurgence of groundwater, usually along a hillside or from a valley floor. Springs in karst areas differ from normal springs: they normally have a much higher production, as they are just the end of a water filled cave system.
The goal is to increase understanding of Karst Springs and emphasize the important connection between karst systems and the springs that support surface aquatic systems and have provided much of Western Virginia's drinking water, both in the past and the present day.
Check the Karst Spring Tab for more information!
Other Events and Activities
- Free Caving Movies: Free viewing of the film "Murder Hole" and "Caving in China" at the Historic Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge, VA on Tuesday, April 18 from 7pm to 8pm. See thi Facebook Event Link.
Virginia Cave Week Activities
Tours of Karst Springs have been scheduled throughout Western Virginia during VA Cave Week. Please click on the "Karst Springs" button to the left for more details. Check back often for more upcoming info.
April 18, 6–8:30 p.m.: Walking tours of the karst springs of The Cedars.
April 18, 7–8 p.m.: Free caving movies, Murder Hole and Caving in China, at the Masonic Theater in Clifton Forge.
April 19, 4–7 p.m.: Where does the water come from? Connections among the springs, geology, and water resources of Clarke County.
April 20, 6–8 p.m.: Front Royal, Warren County. Visit historic McKay Spring near Front Royal and learn about its history, hydrology, and the challenges an old spring faces in a rapidly developing area.
April 22, 12 noon: Karst Springs Tour covering Aqua Cave and its Sinking Creek, Owl Cave, and Water Sinks Cave recharge points.
April 22, 12–4 p.m: Karst Springs of Winchester
**In addition to learning about Karst Springs…. Visit the commercial caves throughout Virginia for an awesome underground experience and pick up free brochures on the Fragile Underground, National Speleological Society, BATS, and others.
More details coming soon!