Virginia Cave Week 2015 Celebrates Bat Conservation

Inside Virginia's Luray Caverns.

Inside Virginia’s Luray Caverns. Photo by SPakhrin/flickr

Virginia’s rich cave heritage is being celebrated this week as part of Virginia Cave Week 2015, running until April 25th.

The annual week, sponsored by the Virginia Cave Board, is intended to raise awareness of Virginia’s caves and karst by providing opportunities for Virginians to learn about the world beneath their feet. This year’s theme is bat conservation.

The festivities kicked off on Sunday with a bat conservation presentation by the Front Royal Grotto and the Save Lucy Campaign at the Warren County Community Center in Front Royal.

In addition there will be special Under the Earth Day guided tours of New River Cave, one of Virginia’s largest wild caves which was acquired by the National Speleological Society in 2014.

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation staff along with VPI Cave Club members will lead participants through the front section of the unique cave, which has been mapped to over 7 miles.

Participants will learn about bats and other cave inhabitants and the relationship between caves and water quality.

Space is limited, and registration is first-come, first-served. Tours will run on April 22nd from 9:00am until 2:00pm and from 5:00pm until 10:00pm as well as on April 23rd from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.

For more information or to register, contact Faye McKinney at 804-225-4856.

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