About Us

WHAT WE ARE:

The Northern New Jersey Grotto was established in 1952 and is a chapter of the National Speleological Society. The Grotto has more than a hundred members who share an interest in cave exploration.

WHO WE ARE:

We're engineers & computer programmers, authors, contractors & developers, mechanics, homemakers, moms and dads, ex's & singles, firemen, lawyers, college students, surveyors and chiropractors. We're also rock climbers, mountain bikers, scuba divers, backpackers, sailors, mountain climbers and airplane pilots.

WHAT WE DO:

We regularly explore caves in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. some of our members make trips to the south and west, and even as far as Puerto Rico, Ukraine and China.

WHO CAN JOIN:

Newcomers should be in good physical condition-it helps to have some experience with other outdoor sports such as hiking, camping, climbing or skiing, but it's not absolutely necessary. Helmets and lights for first-time cavers can be borrowed from the Grotto Quartermaster. Individual members must be over 18 years of age, although families are welcome to join. We encourage people to come to one of our meetings which are held the second Tuesday of the month.

GROTTO OFFICERS: 2015

President Dana Sterling
Vice President Mark Skove
Treasurer Barclay Ford
Secretary Mark Colbenson
Membership Barclay Ford
Conservation Joanne Beliveau
Newsletter Editor Rebecca Rees
Grotto Library Jeralin Molinaro
Guru Bob Cohen
NJ Cave Conservancy Francois Erranonea
  Dave Borger
  Joanne Beliveau
NJ Initial Response Team John Gumbs
Quartermaster Chris Rees
Safety Chair Peter Welles
Activities Chair Jose Martinez
Steering Committe Dave Hall
  Andrew Ford
  Jeralin Monlinaro
  Robert Monzcka
Apparel Chair Peter Welles
Web Master Rebecca Rees