Cave formations are delicate and easily destroyed. This is why cavers are so concerned about the welfare of caves and often secretive about their locations. Not only are the formations beautiful and delicate, but the cave life — bats, fish, salamanders — also live a fragile existence. Cavers respect the formations and the animals in caves.
The Cleveland Grotto is known (and has won national awards) for its efforts in cave conservation. We are involved in on-going cave clean-up and conservation projects in West Virginia and Kentucky.
Education is an important cornerstone of the Cleveland Grotto’s activities. In addition to our library of cave-related materials, our newsletters, meetings, and outings are an important way for us to share information on caving, cave safety, and other relevant topics.
Grotto members are also active in the community with educational programs on the principles of caving, cave conservation, and cave safety, with such organizations as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Great Lakes Science Center, and youth groups.