McClure Cave Preserve Sponsors

Dr. Hazel Barton Andrew, Gabrielle and Amelia Benner Joe Brown Kerry Clancy-Burns Donna Knoke Cobb Ann Dunlavy in memory of Myron and Marion Dunlavy Wendy Eby Laurence Fausold Phil Gowaty and Sue Moore Tom Griffin and Gretchen Schock Robin and Timothy Grove Abbe Hamilton Walt Hamm Linda and Todd Hancock Chris and Gayle Hill Will […]

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McClure Cave Photos

A few photos from Snyder County’s McClure Cave, whicih the MAKC has an agreement of sale to purchase. This horizontal, gated cave has seen some abuse and had some issues. However, it should be popular for years to come and is a mere 15 minutes from our Penn Aqua Preserve in Mifflin County.  

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Penn Aqua Projects

Volunteers have helped us install a secure and safe driveway, clear brush away from the cave entrance, install a gate to the driveway and are helping us manage the cave. We are all volunteers. Please keep in mind that previously cavers parked along the road and went along a trail to the cave that is […]

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Penn Aqua Is Ours!

MAKC member Karen Bange took the photographs of George Bange and Johnny Motto after MAKC took possession of Penn Aqua Cave in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania on Monday, December 14, 2020. Penn Aqua is NOT a beginner cave—wetsuits required—but it is a popular and fun cave for not only central Pennsylvania caves but for cavers throughout […]

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The Good News: Caving To Resume

MAKC response to COVID-19: The MAKC recognizes the issues regarding COVID-19 and any impacts it may have on caves, caving, cavers, and bats.  Masks, gloves, social distancing, and CDC, state, county, and local guidelines are encouraged as much as possible.  Any travel restrictions are to be followed, as are the desires of landowners.  Where caving […]

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The Bad News: Summer Soirée Cancelled

After careful consideration, the MAKC Board on June 13, 2020 at an outdoor, socially-distant meeting, has decided to cancel the free members’ event scheduled to be held in August at Lincoln Caverns. It was not an easy decision and we were looking forward to returning to a favorite cave with a great host. Hopefully we […]

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Cave Openings Delayed

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Governor Wolf’s travel ban, our board of directors is delaying the opening of our preserves which are scheduled to open on April 15 following the end of our bat hibernation closure. We are also asking that persons refrain from visiting any other preserves while the travel ban is in […]

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Board Elections Held

On Saturday, November 16, 2019, three new faces joined the MAKC Board, one of whom is not entirely new to the board. Andrea Gillis, chairman of the Ohio Cavers and Climbers, and a former board member and board chairman of MAKC, rejoined the board to fill out a one-year term. Ryan Maurer joined the board […]

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Andrea Gillis

Board Member (term expires 2020) Andrea Gillis rejoined the board in 2019 to fill out a three-year term. She is a former board member and former chairman of MAKC, as well as chairman of the Ohio Cavers and Climbers. While on the MAKC board a number of years ago Andrea spearheaded a project to clean […]

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Silers Cave Schedule

2021 PLEASE NOTE!!!!! Would-be visitors should plan in advance and give at least 2 weeks notice of their trip to compensate for the current postal situation. A recently approved trip had to be postponed because the trip leader did not get the key in the mail in time. Forever stamps now apparently mean forever!   […]

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Silers Cave Survey

Silers Cave contains approximately a mile and half of maze passage. The cave was originally mapped in the 1930s, and again in the early 1980s, but the new owners of Silers Cave have requested an up-to-date map be made, and we are happy to oblige. A core group has already formed, but new members with […]

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Smile and Benefit MAKC

Online shopping is a great way to buy just about anything, and when you buy something on amazon.com you can also benefit MAKC. Amazon.com has a program called smile. MAKC is registered. A portion of everything you buy can benefit our cave conservation efforts. Instead of going to the link www.amazon.com, please visit smile.amazon.com. Type […]

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Water Level Research at Cleversburg Sink

March 2 Finally, after 15 years of fruitless discussions and suggestions to implement some type of scientific study of the fluctuating water levels in Cleversburg Sink, Franklin County Grotto is now participating in just such a project. Professor Tom Feeney from the Department of Geography and Earth Science at Shippensburg University contacted Jonathan Peterson a […]

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