SCCi Announces Bats, Beer, & Bluegrass Anniversary Party

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The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. is planning it’s 25th Anniversary celebration and fundraiser  titled Bats, Beer, & Bluegrass. This event is sure to excite cavers, nature enthusiasts, bluegrass fans, and more!  The event will feature Barefoot Nellie & Co., a smooth driving bluegrass band based out of Chattanooga, TN. The group compiles impressive driving, darker arrangements, blending standard traditional bluegrass with a more innovative approach  — and they have quite a fan-base!

The event will take place at the Frick’s Cave Preserve, located in Walker County, Ga. on September 24, 2016 @ 7pm.  Although the cave will be closed at the time of the event to protect the hibernating bats, guests will be able to enjoy the above-ground features the preserve has to offer.  Food will be provided by 212 Market Restaurant, Tennessee’s first green restaurant and winner of the Best Farm to Table restaurant in Tennessee by Travel & Leisure magazine.  Beer and 25th Anniversary merchandise will be available for purchase at the event.

Sponsorship & ticket price information, and further details will be publicized in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for this first-time bluegrass event, please email amber.lehmann@scci.org or ray.knott@scci.org.

 

 

 

SCCi Makes Chattanooga Front Page

Today, 04/30/2016, the Chattanooga Times Free Press ran a front page article on SCCi’s 25th Anniversary. To read the article visit the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Big thanks to Amber Lehmann, Tripp Lichtefeld and Tom Whitehurst for volunteering to spend the day at Stephens Gap with the writer and photographer.

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Frick’s Cave Open House – Membership Appreciation Event

Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc is pleased to invite our members and their guests to the Frick’s Cave Annual Open House. 

Throughout the year, Frick’s 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 your membership. After exploring the cave, please join us around the fire for hot food, a talk about the endangered bats, and announcement of the winners of the 1st SCCi Photo and Video Contest!

To help our volunteers plan please RSVP here.

Date: February 28, 2015 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Who: Open to current SCCi members and their guests.

Schedule of Events – 

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! Frick’s is a stream cave, please dress accordingly.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Hot food will be available until supplies run out.
Don’t forget to RSVP so we can plan!

1:00 PM: Trina Morris, a bat biologist from GA Dept of Natural Resources, will talk about the Frick’s Cave gray bat colony.

Winners of the SCCi Photo and Video Contest will be announced after the bat talk.

Location: To protect our properties we do not publish their locations online. If you are a member and do not know where the Frick’s Cave Preserve is located please use the contact information below to obtain directions.

Questions: Email us at admin@scci.org. Call us at (423) 771-9671.

Buy a Piece of Stephens Gap eStore Active!

Stephens Gap Cave. Photo by Lynn Roebuck (https://www.flickr.com/photos/caving).

Stephens Gap Cave. Photo by Lynn Roebuck (https://www.flickr.com/photos/caving).

We are happy to announce that the Buy a Piece of Stephens Gap Cave Preserve eStore is now active. Named features are first come, first served so don’t delay if you have one in mind!

Follow this link to see what features are still available or to reserve a slice of the Pit or Walkdown Entrances.
(Please note that this will take you to a secure site off of the SCCi.org website.)
PURCHASE A PIECE OF STEPHENS GAP HERE

The SCCi Buys Stephens Gap!

Stephens Gap Cave Alabama

Stephens Gap Cave, photo by Alan Cressler

Stephens Gap is one of the most beloved caves in the southeast, with a beautiful pit that cavers love and a huge walk-in entrance that draws hikers, photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts. The SCCi is very excited to announce that we now own this fantastic cave! Located in the heart of Jackson County, AL, the Stephens Gap Callahan Cave Preserve is our 30th cave preserve! By purchasing this beautiful cave, the SCCi will ensure that it’s protected and preserved for future generations of cavers, hikers, and photographers. This purchase was not cheap. We need to raise $150,000 to cover the land costs, closing costs, and the funding needed to care for the cave in to the future. If you enjoy visiting Stephens Gap, or would like to visit it in the future, please join us in establishing our newest, and likely one of our most popular, preserves! Thank you for your support.

Help us preserve and protect this beautiful cave! 
Details coming soon about how you can buy your own honorary piece of this beautiful cave.