COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With more than 10,000 caves in Tennessee and its majority located along the Cumberland Plateau, the National Speleological Society has chosen Cookeville to take their next national convention underground, taking place June 17-22, 2019.
Tennessee has not served as host for the annual National Speleological Society Convention in 21 years, since hosted in Sewanee in 1998. With most of the expected 1,500 attendees staying in Cookeville, the group plans to explore caves throughout the Upper Cumberland with educational and scientific presentations being conducted at Cookeville High School and at Tennessee Tech University.
Areas of focus for the National Speleological Society include promoting safe and responsible caving practices, effective cave and karst management, speleology, and conservation. Educational sessions and presentations will feature domestic and international cave exploration, the use of geological and biological science and other new technologies in cave exploration and study as well as a special session on Tennessee caves: “Land of 10,000 Caves.”
The National Speleological Society holds 10,000 members and 250 grottos (chapters) and is the largest organization in the world working every day to further the exploration, study, and protection of caves and their environments, and foster fellowship among cavers.
The mission statement of the National Speleological Society is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the scientific study of caves and karst; protecting caves and their natural contents through conservation, ownership, stewardship, and public education; and promoting responsible cave exploration and fellowship among those interested in caves.
For more information, visit https://caves.org.
Photo credit: Chuck Sutherland
About The Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau
The Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau, a program of the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, serves as the designated destination marketing organization for Putnam County and is funded by a portion of the Putnam County lodging tax, a tax paid by visitors’ and collected by local lodging partners such as hotels, bed & breakfasts, etc. Ranking at 17th of Tennessee’s 95 counties, the visitors’ bureau is tasked with inspiring travel and overnight stays in Putnam County. Primary marketing pillars in drive and fly markets include outdoors; fitness/sports; motorcycling; arts/culture; and culinary/crafts. Most recent U.S. Travel Association statistics note visitor spending in Putnam County generated $2.7 million in local tax revenue, providing a tax relief for local residents of $358.47 per household. To learn more about the work of the Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau, go to www.VisitCookevilleTN.com or request additional information at info@VisitCookevilleTN.com.
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