Welcome to the Caving Club at Indiana University!
The Caving Club at Indiana University (CCIU) provides a safe and educational atmosphere where students, faculty, staff and community members of all experience levels can learn responsible caving practices with opportunities to visit caves around the area. We provide members with resources for caving and experiences for personal advancement through leadership roles, conservation, surveying, and rescue.
Next Meeting: Thursday, May 1, 7:30 pm at the Richard Blenz
Nature Conservancy (Buckner's Cave)
We meet the first Thursday of every month at 7:30pm in Geology room 143 (except for January and May through August). Our meetings have programs on a wide array of cave-related subjects. We encourage our members to share their caving experiences and offer input on what the club does.
Dues are $10 per calendar year. These dues include use of club gear (helmets and helmet-mounted lights) and the opportunity to go on CCIU-led caving trips. You must be a paid member prior to participating in any club trips.
At the March meeting, Melissa Fitzpatrick, our illustrious secretary, presented on the Cave Biology and Ecosystems course taught by Western Kentucky University at Mammoth Cave during the summer. The presentation included a quick introduction of karst geology at Mammoth Cave, some natural history of cave biology like crayfish, bats, and insects, and a quick overview of a few monitoring projects coordinated by cave enthusiasts from Western Kentucky University.
Melissa took this course last summer as part WKU's Karst
Field Studies Program. Courses may be taken for graduate,
continuing education credit. Courses may also be taken as
non-credit workshops. More information can be found here:
Karst Field Studies