Welcome to Madison University Student Grotto
We are the Caving Club at James Madison University. Our main objective is to give JMU students and area residents in Harrisonburg, Va., who are interested in caving, a chance to explore the Virginias’ vast underground. We are a member in the Virginia Region (VAR) and a chapter in the National Speleological Society (NSS), a national organization that represents the interests of cavers and promotes caving.
“UREC Mask policies in effect on March 7, 2022:
Masks are optional in all University Recreation facilities, with the exception of the following:
⁃ Masks are required in the Athletic Training Room, which is considered a medical facility.
⁃ Professors in academic classes held at UREC may require their students to wear masks while in class at their discretion.
⁃ If you are meeting in a private office, the host may ask you to wear a mask, and you should honor the request or choose a virtual option.”
Keep up-to-date on JMU’s changing mask policy here.
The Underground World
Solution caves are created by by the action of slowly moving ground water that dissolves the rock along weaknesses such as joints, fractures, faults, and rock layers to form underground passages.