s Hole 16
The first preserve we actually bought!

Neversink 110

Kennemer Cave 21

Howards Water Fall 23

Howards Water Fall 01

Horse Skull Cave is in Alabama.Horse Skull Cave

Horse Skull 18

Horse Skull 21

Cemetery Pit is a popular vertical cave on Fox Mountain. Here are some photos of the cave by JV Van Swearingen IV.
Cemetery Pit Fox Mountain Preserve
Cemetery Pit Fox Mountain Preserve

 Cemetery Pit Fox Mountain Preserve

Here are some photos of Fern Cave in Alabama.


Did you know that for the cost of a fast-food lunch you can buy a cave? How? By becoming a Sustaining Member of the SCCi! The Conservancy needs a steady income to make mortgage payments on all current acquisitions such as Fern Cave and Steward Spring Cave. Your monthly contribution of $10 or more can be leveraged into more than $100,000 per year in cave purchases.

To sign up as a sustaining contributor, please visit this page.

The Sustaining Membership program offers SCCi members and supporters a convenient way to make regular donations in monthly or quarterly installments billed to their credit or debit card. More than 300 SCCi members have already signed up as sustaining members by authorizing a monthly charge of $10 to $100 on their credit or debit card. Contributions go directly into the SCCi Cave Acquisition Fund and are used to buy caves. You can designate your contribution for specific projects, such as the Fern, Steward Springs, Wolf River, or Limrock purchases, or it can go into the Cave Acquisition Fund and be applied as needed to pay for cave purchases.
As we build up this program, we leverage its income with mortgage loans to purchase several new caves each year. It only takes 200 people willing to commit $15 per month to cave acquisition. That's about the cost of two lunches at a fast food restaurant.
Special premiums are available for Sustaining Members who contribute the minimum of $10 per month. For a monthly $10 contribution you will receive a SCCi Logo T-Shirt, and contributions of $25 per month or more are honored with a SCCi embroidered logo polo shirt and/or other premium items. To view the specific premium levels and sign up as a Sustaining Members visit this page
All credit card information is kept strictly confidential and you can end your participation and stop all charges at any time. For more information about becoming a sustaining member, contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, through its Valhalla Society, is working to protect and manage caves in the southeast. Its major activity is the acquisition of cave preserves, usually by purchase or lease. Contributions from members and donors are always needed for new acquisitions. These come through wills, bequest and insurance or IRA beneficiaries.

In addition, the Conservancy has continuing expenses for property taxes, surveys, boundary marking, maintenance, and other stewardship and management activities. It is often difficult to raise and set aside funds for these ongoing expenses of stewardship. The Conservancy is working to establish financial security and guarantee the protection and preservation of its preserves in decades to come. 

You can help ensure the long-term success of the Conservancy by making a provision in your will, life insurance, or estate plan to leave a gift to the Conservancy. This is called Planned Giving. Through your planned gift to the SCCi, you can choose which of the Conservancy's programs you wish to support. Gifts to the General Fund support all of the Conservancy's activities. Gifts to the Cave Acquisition Fund will be used to buy or lease caves. Or, you can designate your gift toward one of our restricted funds, such as the Stewardship Fund or the Endowment Fund.

If you are interested in helping the SCCi continue to fulfill its mission and vision, while also realizing some of your own financial goals, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or consult a financial planning professional.

Many SCCi preserves feature beautiful landscapes and photogenic cave entrances. Most of our preserves are open for hiking and photography at any time with no restrictions. However, if you are planning to go inside one of our caves, please follow these guidelines.

Visiting SCCi Caves:

SCCi members have committed enormous amounts of money and time to help protect caves and fragile cave ecosystems. Introduction of foreign substances into our caves can have unintended consequences to cave life. In addition to concerns regarding White Nose Syndrome (WNS), some caves have microscopic life that is unique to that cave, and that can be decimated by material introduced from other caves. The SCCi Board of Directors has adopted guidelines to help reduce the potential that cavers could inadvertently impact our cave ecosystems by carrying soil, water, or other substances from one cave to another. If you have any questions, please contact an SCCi board member or the appropriate SCCi property manager.
Before and After Visiting Any SCCi Cave Preserve
Clean and disinfect all clothing and gear following the Clean Caving Procedures before and after going inside any SCCi cave.
Permitted SCCi Cave Preserves
Read the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy. Complete and return the Clean Caving Questionnaire  to the SCCi Property Manager. If you save this file to your computer then reopen it, you can fill out the information online. This procedure is in addition to any other permit requirements contained in the preserve management plan.
Planning Cave Cleanups:
Want to schedule a cleanup trip on an SCCi preserve? We'd love your help! Read the SCCi Cleanup Policy and Procedure to learn how to plan your cleanup trip.