The Cavers of the Batesville Region of Arkansas (COBRA) engage in recreational, educational and scientific cave exploration and conservation throughout the Ozark region. The Grotto meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM. During the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings are held virtually. Contact one of the officers for meeting information.
In 2007, two Lyon College biology professors - Drs. Dave Thomas and Mark Schram - incorporated cave exploration into their classes and research. Student and faculty interest in cave exploration grew, resulting in the founding of the COBRA Grotto in 2009.
Lyon College biologists - Dr. Dave Thomas and Dr. Cassia Oliveira - are identifying bacteria and other microorganisms in caves. Dr. Thomas and his students also do long-term monitoring of cave communities. COBRA Grotto members often assist with these projects.
The COBRA Grotto encourages safe and responsible caving. Grotto members volunteer to guide new cavers, scouts, community groups, etc. Contact the president or vice-president for more information.
Lyon College offers BIO345 Speleology annually. COBRA Grotto members may attend some of the field trips even if they don't take the class. The next class is scheduled for spring 2021.
The dates and site of the 2021 NSS Convention have yet to be determined. Convention is usually held in the summer.