2016 Fricks Cave Member Appreciation Day

frickscaveSCCi is pleased to invite our members and their guests to the Fricks Cave Member Appreciation Day, February 27th from 9 am – 4 pm.

 

Throughout the year, Fricks Cave is closed to protect endangered bats and salamanders that live in the cave. On this ONE DAY ONLY, while the bachelor colony of bats is not present, the SCCi will open the cave to show our appreciation for our members. After exploring the cave, please join us around the fire for hot food and announcement of the winners of the 2nd Annual SCCi Photo and Video Contest!

This event is only open to current SCCi members and their guests.

Registration is closed for 2016. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

 

Schedule

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Cave open for visitation, assuming summer gray bat colony has not yet returned.

Note: SCCi Clean Caving Procedures will be strictly enforced! Fricks is a stream cave, please dress accordingly.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Hot food will be available until supplies run out. Winners of the 2nd Annual SCCi Photo and Video Contest will be announced in the afternoon.

Camping on Friday night the 26th is available on the preserve. Signs will be posted directing you to campsites. For more information on camping or caving at Fricks Cave contact the preserve management team at fricks@scci.org or by calling ET Davis at 423-667-9946.

Questions:

Email us at admin@scci.org

Call us at (423) 771-9671 Ext 101

SCCi on TV (Watch the Video)

ET Davis and Sara Keys recently shared information on recreational caving and conservation with Ranger Nick on the Georgia Farm Monitor show. The show will air Nov 22 at 11pm and Nov 26 at 6pm on RFD-TV (DISH 231 and DirecTV 345) or you can watch it here. Big thanks to the Fricks Cave Preserve Management Team for making this happen.

3rd Annual SCCi Christmas Party Tickets Available Now!

TheChattanooganSCCi is happy to announce the 3rd Annual Christmas Party will be held December 5th, 2015 at The Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, TN. Past years have been a great time to visit with other cavers, celebrate SCCi’s accomplishments and take home some great made-by-caver crafts at the silent auction.

Buddy Lane will give a presentation on the discovery, exploration and history of caving at Run To The Mill Cave.

Tickets are $40 and includes dinner. Cash bar available. Space is limited so make your reservations today.

 

2nd Annual SCCi Photo Contest

2015_PhotoCompetition_AwardAnnouncing the 2nd Annual SCCi Photo Contest!

Last year’s contest uncovered some great cave photographers and we are excited to see what this year brings. Share with your friends and start submitting your pictures today!

Be sure to notice a few changes to the contest (a novice and advanced category) and submission deadlines. Read the contest guidelines and rules here: 2016 SCCi Photo Contest

 

2015 John Van Swearingen IV Stewardship Award

MarkOThe SCCi, in cooperation with the Huntsville Grotto, is proud to announce Mark Ostrander as the 2015 John Van Swearingen IV Stewardship Award!

Mark is known for his service to the sport of caving and conservation of cave preserves. He has served as the SCCi Kennamer Cave Preserve manager for six years. From maintaining the parking area to marking preserve boundaries, Mark’s service knows no season. Mark is a truly an ambassador for the Kennamer Cave Preserve working with caving groups to make the most of their trips. He is currently working with first responders to use Kennamer Cave for a mock cave rescue while ensuring the preserve is protected from any lasting damage. Also, Mark has led and attended  cave cleanup projects over the years including Kennamer Cave, Devil’s Den and Cathedral Caverns.

The John Van Swearingen Stewardship Award was conceived by the Huntsville Grotto in honor of long-time member, conservationist, cave steward, and SCCi Director, JV, who passed away in 2001. It is presented annually at the TAG Fall Cave In. JV served for many years as the Fern Cave Access Coordinator, providing stewardship of the Fern Cave system and preserve for both the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the SCCi.

The purpose of the award is to meaningfully recognize the stewardship efforts of an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization that has provided significant stewardship activities for one or more caves, cave preserves, or karst properties, personally conducted over an extended period of time. The award, sponsored by the Huntsville Grotto and the SCCi, is also intended to promote long-term cave conservation and stewardship activities, and to encourage and thank those individuals and organizations who perform them.