Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd Annual Bats Beer & Bluegrass Concert. Proceeds help SCCi continue to acquire and protect some of the most significant wild caves in the Southeast.

This year is twice as good with Slim Pickins joining Barefoot Nellie and Co. for some of the best bluegrass music around. Catering is by Pigeon Mountain Grill.

Visit to buy your tickets before they sell out. They sold out last year.


Leave No Trace

Sometimes it's hard to think of these hard underground landscapes as being fragile - but they are. Whether you are underground or aboveground on an SCCi preserve, please remember Leave No Trace.
It is important to leave these places in the same condition we found them for generations to come. Some ways to help us do that:

  • Stay on marked trails.
  • If you brought it in, pack it out.
  • Do not mark cave walls, paths, or trees in any way.
  • Do not disturb wildlife.
  • Follow all instructions that come with your permit.


Volunteers Make it Happen

As many of you know, managing 31 preserves in 6 states requires a lot of people. SCCi would not be able to do what we do without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.

This month we would like to say a special thanks to Nathan Williams who is preserve manager at Tumbling Rock and recently went over to Stephens Gap to mow grass.

Thank you to all of you who give so generously of your time.


​SCCi Science Awards Announced

SCCi is pleased to announce the recipients of the 1st Annual Science Awards for scientific research at SCCi preserves. Each research project has been awarded a $2,500 grant. 

(1) Max Cooper of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for “Speleogenesis inTurbulent Flow” to be conducted at Snail Shell Cave Preserve, Tennessee.  Max, under the guidance of Dr. Matt Covington of the Department of Geosciences, will conduct 3D scanning of meanders in Snail Shell Cave in concert with quantitative modeling to understand and distinguish the different types of erosion (dissolution and mechanical).  The SCCi has awarded $2,500 to support this important research.

(2) Stephen Alvarez of the Ancient Art Archive, Jan Simek, Alan Cressler, Julie Reed, and Beau Carrol for "Sub-Millimeter Scale 3D Modeling of the Cherokee Syllabary Section of Howard’s Waterfall Cave.”  Stephen and his team will use 3D mapping techniques to build a digital model using hundreds of overlapping photographs to develop a point cloud as the basis for the 3D model.  Alan Cressler first identified Cherokee syllabary text on the walls at Howard’s Waterfall Cave in 2014.  The challenge is to distinguish the Cherokee text from modern spray paint graffiti and document it as a means of virtual preservation and presentation.  

The SCCi understands that scientific research is an integral part of our mission and essential to conserving karst resources. Research is a foundation upon which good stewardship depends. For more information about our science mission and to inquire about submitting science proposals for next year, please contact SCCi's Chief Scientist, Dr. Robert Handford at

Daleo Preserve Improvements

Work has started at the Elroy and Marilyn Daleo Preserve in Kentucky. The old barn and house which had fallen into disrepair have been removed.

This work removed a safety hazard and is also making way for a camping and parking area.

Thank you to all the people who supported this acquisition. If you would like to learn more about the Daleo preserve and/or support this acquisition, visit


Caves Make Great Art

Take a minute and enjoy this short film. This is what happens when musicians, cavers and film makers come together under ground.

Thanks to Benjamin von Cramon for letting us share his film.

Click here to view the film


​Visiting an SCCi Preserve

All SCCi preserves require a permit. To learn more about SCCi preserves, please visit For permitting, visit
Permitting helps us address many issues including liability, visitation rates and outreach to non-member visitors. It is good for SCCi! Many of you have already let us know how much you like the permitting system and how easy it is.
If you have suggestions, questions or concerns about the Online Permit System or need to chat with someone about signing up or requesting a permit, please reach out to the OPS team via email at

​Membership in SCCi supports the ongoing acquisition and protection of some of the Southeast's most spectacular wild caves. If you are not a member, please consider joining us. Basic membership is just $25 a year.

Volunteers are what make it possible for SCCi to preserve 171 caves on 31 preserves in 6 states. If you are interested in volunteering, please take the volunteer survey to be contacted when the need arises that matches your interests and skills.