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2008 TSA Spring Convention

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Join the Texas Speleological Association and cavers from all over Texas for the 2008 TSA Spring Convention. The TSA, founded in 1956, has been bringing cavers from around Texas for 50 years.

The spring convention is the annual technical meeting featuring presentations on projects and information on the scientific aspects of caving.

The 2008 TSA Spring Convention April 5-6 will be in Kerrville, Texas at the Kerrville-Schreiner Park.

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Fees: $25 per adult and $15 per child 12 and under, the max per family is $80.00.

Attend great caving presentations: From high adventure to highly educational, from local to out of this world.

Meet fellow cavers and project leaders from around the state. This is a great opportunity to become involved with ongoing projects and create future caving opportunities for all.

See the latest and greatest Maps and Photos of your favorite caves.

Come by and visit with suppliers of caving related books & merchandise.

Enjoy a unique and healthy caver prepared dinner.

Support Texas caves by participating in the TCMA fundraiser auction.

Attend the TSA meeting on Saturday & TCMA meeting on Sunday for an opportunity to offer your input and insight into the future of Texas caving.

An open invitation exists on Sunday for all to tour ICS/NSS convention sites. Many opportunities exist for you to become personally involved with the 2009 ICS / NSS Convention.

Besides the many great caving related activities, Kerrville -Schreiner Park has many miles of bike & hike trails, water activities like kayaking, fishing, swimming. For an extra cost, also note that the Park has Air Conditioned Cabins and RV sites available for those that would rather not set up a tent.

Site Information

If you have any questions about facilities, contact TSA Vice-Chair.

The Kerrville-Schreiner Park is a city park and as such has specific rules that must be followed.

Facilities include restrooms with hot showers; 25 day use picnic sites; 120 campsites for all types of equipment from bicycle, motorcycle, or car camping to super-sized motor homes and trailers.  Campsites range from general sites with no hookups to pull-through sites with water, 30/50 amp electrical hookups, and sewer connections.  All campsites also include a picnic table and campfire pit with cooking grill.

The park has 23 mini-cabins which have air conditioners, heaters, lights, table and chairs, and two sets of bunk beds with twin mattresses.

All buildings are smoke free and pets are not permitted.  Persons arriving with animals will be required to kennel them outside of park property prior to being registered and issued keys for any facilities.

Dogs are allowed in the campground on a leash!

There are cabins available but if you are renting a cabin, dog's are not allowed in or out of the cabin.



Time Speaker Subject
8:30 - 9.15 a.m. George Veni "The National Cave and Karst Research Institute: a Status Report for the Texas Speleological Association" and "The Karst Information Portal: an International Multi-Purpose Tool for Caving, Cave Science, and Cave Stewardship"
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Ron Ralph "Seminole Canyon State Park-The Art and Archeology"
9:45 -10:00 a.m.   Coffee break
10:00 - 10:20 a.m. Joy Kennedy O'Neill "Underground Literature: the History of the Cave in American Fiction"
10:20 - 10:40 a.m. Geary Schindel " Hypogene. Processes in the Edwards Aquifer"
10:40 - 11:10 a.m. Mark Childre "Understanding the Complexities of the Edwards Aquifer-San Antonio"
11:10 - 11:25 a.m. Jon Cradit "Volunteer Opportunities with the ICS 2009"
11:25 - 1:30 p.m.   Lunch break and time for Salon viewing and shopping with vendors
1:30 -1:45 p.m. Carl Kunath "Photoshopping Caving Images for 50 Years"
1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Jerry Atkinson "Recent Cave Exploration Activities in the Edwards County Area"
2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Charles Pekins "Bat Cave Management on Fort Hood"
2:45 - 3:00 p.m.   Coffee break
3:00 - 3:20 p.m. Geary Schindel "New Interpretations on Aquifer Flow Paths in the Comal and Hays County Areas and the Potential for the Longest Cave in the State of Texas"
3:20 - 3:50 p.m. Geoff Hoese "Sinkhole and Karst Habitat of Ceratozamia latifolia and Related Mexican Cycads"
3:50 - 4:20 p.m. Peter Sprouse "Caving at Muzquiz, Coahuila"
4:30 till 5:30 (or suppertime)   TSA Business Meeting
    Post Suppertime - TCMA Auction
Sunday, April 6th George Veni "Preview of the 15th International Congress of Speleology"

Map Salon

Photo Salon

TCMA Auction

Recycle your old junk into caves - Get ready for another incredible TCMA Auction! at the TSA Spring Convention. If you have donations please contact auction@tcmacaves.org.