Western Region Speleo-Ed ~ July 25-30, 2021 Register

Welcome to Weed, California!

This event will held in parallel with the NSS Virtual Convention.
July 25-30

Nestled in a pine forest in extreme northern California, the 14-thousand foot Mount Shasta Volcano stands guard over the rugged City of Weed. Named after her founder, Abner Weed, this historic lumber town rests at the intersection of California's mountainous limestone ridges and mysterious lava tubes. Hundreds of caves in the nearby hills can provide challenges for a lifetime of explorers. We hope you can join us this summer for the Western Region's 2021 Speleo-Ed Seminar!

Covid-19 Strategy

Your nearest volcano: Mount Shasta

For most of the continental United States, the western coast offers scenes unlike anything you might experience back home! From steaming volcanic fumaroles to boiling sulphuric mud pots, the active volcanology in the area is a must-see. Located just 10 miles from our Speleo-Ed site, the 14,179-foot Mount Shasta is a classic example of a stratovolcano.

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With cautious optimism, we are hoping Covid-19 will no longer be a threat to our guests by the time the Western Region's 2021 Spelo-Ed Seminar arrives.

Our production team recognizes the uncertainty in this pandemic world. Of course, we share your concerns. We have been working with several local agencies and the State of California to deliver the safest event possible for our guests. Throughout all of our decisions, your health and safety remains at the front of our efforts.

To attend Speleo-Ed 2021, you MUST provide either (1) proof of completed Covid-19 vaccinations, or (2) a verifiable negative test that is dated within 5 days of your arrival. Face masks and social distancing will be required during most activities. There will be absolutely no exceptions to these rules. Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 are not advised, but may attend at their parents' discretion and will be required to wear face masks. Additional rules may be required per county and state guidelines.

Caves, Crags & Other Places

Convention Video: Weed in 2021!

This 2-minute video was originally created for the NSS Convention. Although this is now a regional event, the video highlights some of the caves and scenery you'll experience at the Western Region's 2021 Speleo-Ed Seminar in Weed, California. Please feel free to download the video and share it with your caver friends or at grotto meetings.