Protecting Texas caves since 1986
Texas Cave Management Association (TCMA) is a nonprofit conservancy dedicated to the preservation of caves and karst resources in Texas. TCMA is the most recognized and respected cave and karst conservancy in Texas.
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We are run entirely by hard-working volunteers just like you! Volunteers lead educational trips, participate in work projects, manage properties, survey and map caves, and more!

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Cave and Nature Preserves
We own and manage cave and nature preserves across Texas, from the Texas Hill Country to the heart of major cities, such as Whirlpool Cave in Austin and Robber Baron Cave in San Antonio.
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Educational Opportunities
We work closely with schools, youth organizations, nature groups, and more to teach people about these delicate karst environments. If you are interested in hands-on classes for your organization, or interested in helping teach others about caves, contact us.
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Your donations help acquire and protect valuable karst resources, including aquifers and endangered species. Your donations are tax‑deductible.
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Recent News

Rocking downtown Austin for TCMA FUNdraiser

Cavers and hard rock came together in September for the TCMA FUNdraiser in downtown Austin. With 100+ cavers coming to Buffalo Billiards to contribute and support cave conservation, many hit the dance floor as the Gary Franklin Band rocked the

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Raffles and prizes galore at TCMA FUNdraiser

Janet Fitzsimmons is proud of her raffle prizes, including the regifted "Texas Cavers" movie classic, during the TCMA FUNdraiser on September 30 at Buffalo Billiards on Sixth Street in Austin. Dozens of prizes were given away along with the big

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Donations pour in at TCMA FUNdraiser

Drew Thompson and Lindsey Adamoski are excited to get a $1,000 check donated during the TCMA FUNdraiser at Buffalo Billiards on Sixth Street in Austin, September 30, 2017. More than $4,000 was raised to save Texas caves during the benefit

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Recent Posts

24 hours ago

Kara Dittmer Savvas
Does this belong to you? I have it. I’ll send it to you! Just let me know who it belongs to! Found at the cabin.

Does this belong to you? I have it. I’ll send it to you! Just let me know who it belongs to! Found at the cabin. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

Clayton Rowden

Howdy y'all,
I'm bringing some Aggies to Deep and Punkin February 23-25. Is anyone available to rig Punkin with us that weekend?
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They're Aggies. You don't need ropes. Just tell them to tuck and roll when they hit the guano.

Everyone will be in Mexico 🇲🇽

That is Spring Convention, though

6 days ago

Peter Sprouse

Here is a copy of the December 1986 Texas Caver. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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"A brief and shining moment" is a good read. Sad, but good.

Thank you for sharing this. Love to see the history

Someone needs to help these geologists with their cartography. Surveyed with laser range finder and compass? 😵

7 days ago

George Baldwin

Would anybody care to rig Punkin the weekend of March 9th to 11th? I am taking a small group to the cabin. All are welcome to join. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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If I didn't already have the whole week after that one off...

I would totally do it, but I'm going to Mexico.

I’m in Mexico 🇲🇽 then

If you're going to Mexico and can't rig Punkin for a bunch of Aggies, please comment about it here...

Sorry Jordj :'(

Why can’t they do it themselves? You only learn from your mistakes.

I’m not much help in the rigging department, but if you have space I would like to join your trip. I can camp.

I thought they needed an NCRC trained person along, and a trip leader that had at least three previous trips and was trained by another trip leader. Surely those two requirements would mean that someone knows how to tie some knots and close a screw link and place a rope pad.

Wouldn’t it be easier to just require reading of On Rope and then have a written and practical exam? I’m pretty sure that’s how we learned. Coddling new Cavers is just making them soft.

I'm available that weekend and would love to help out.

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Just click any of our Amazon Affiliate links on our site, then select and buy your products on Amazon, and Amazon will contribute 6% or more of your purchase to the TCMA. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and is a huge benefit to the TCMA.

You can also support the TCMA through AmazonSmile. Just select “Texas Cave Management Association” as your charity, shop at smile.amazon.com, and Amazon will donate 0.5% to the TCMA. However, our Amazon Affiliate link contributes over 10x as much to the TCMA, so if you can use the link instead, please do!

Regardless of which method you choose, we thank you for supporting the TCMA.