• October 6 - 9, 2017 - The 60th Anniversary of CRF will be celebrated at our Hamilton Valley facility just ourside of Mammoth Cave National Park.
    Stay tuned. Details will follow!

The Karst Field Studies Program at Western Kentucky University in cooperation with the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning and Western Kentucky University are pleased to announce the Summer 2017 Karst Field Studies Program.

Courses may be taken for graduate, undergraduate, or continuing education credit. Please visit the program website for more information.

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Cave Research Foundation

A private, non-profit organization dedicated to:

  • facilitating research, management and interpretation of caves and karst resources
  • forming partnerships to study, protect and preserve cave resources and karst areas
  • promoting the long term conservation of caves and karst ecosystems

Download the high resolution or low resolution PDF of our current newsletter.

Download our  2004-052006-07,  2008-09,  2012-13,   and  2014-15  Annual Reports.

The 2010-11 Annual Report is still in progress and will be posted as soon as it is completed.

CRF Graduate Research Grants

Donations to CRF should be sent to:
  CRF Treasurer
  Bob Hoke
  6304 Kaybro Street
  Laurel, MD 20707
  tel# 301-725-5877
Contact CRF Treasurer

The Cave Research Foundation Position on WNS

The Cave Research Foundation has been a supporter of the need for and implementation of efforts by federal, state, and local agencies to slow the spread of WNS, and will continue to work with said agencies to accomplish that end until the spread reaches its natural conclusion.

CRF remains committed to supporting the agencies as they endeavor to protect species survivors to ensure a species is not lost forever.

CRF's Publishing Affiliate- Cavebooks For a list of reviews and books published by Cavebooks visit their new site at

Hamiliton Valley Main Building

Hamilton Valley Facility, located just outside of Mammoth Cave National Park in south central Kentucky, is now open for CRF use and for those individuals/organizations involved in relevant karst or cave research, conservation and education.Click here for informationon availability and use of Hamilton Valley.