Management of Subterranean Ecosystems in Extreme Environments
2023 NCKMS Conference
2025 NCKMS Schedule
Management of Subterranean Ecosystems in Extreme Environments

This schedule should be considered tentative & subject to change as our plans evolve. We encourage you to check back for upates.

Pre-Symposium Weekend

Saturday/Sunday - All Day
Workshop: Orientation to Cave Rescue

Hosted by Great Basin National Park & the National Cave Rescue Commission.

Sunday Evening: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Early check-in: Registration open at the Bristlecone Convention Center

Monday, October 6, 2025

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration open at the Bristlecone Convention Center

8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Workshop 1 (Main Hall): TBA

Workshop 2 (Pinyon Room): TBA

Workshop 3 (Juniper Room): TBA


10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Workshop 4 (Main Hall): TBA

Workshop 5 (Pinyon Room): TBA

Workshop 6 (Juniper Room): TBA

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch Break

A list of local restaurants will be included in your program guide.

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Workshop 7 (Main Hall): TBA

Workshop 8 (Pinyon Room): TBA

Workshop 9 (Juniper Room): TBA

5:30 PM - Rockin' & Rollin' Geology Steam Train

Join us for a geology-themed ride on the historic Ghost Train of old Ely as we travel up through the Robinson Nevada Mining District. We're hoping to provide a light meal during this event, but haven't finished those details yet. Check back!

Tuesday, October 7, 2025

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration open at the Bristlecone Convention Center

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Sessions

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch Break

A list of local restaurants will be included in your program guide.

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Sessions

5:00 PM: NCKMS Steering Committee Meeting

Bristlecone Convention Center, Pinyon Room

7:00 PM
Howdy Party & Networking Social

Held at the Bristlecone Convention Center. This meal is included in your registration.

Wednesday, October 8, 2025

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Registration open at the Bristlecone Convention Center

These may be self-driving field trips with established stopping points and on-site interpreters. You will be encouraged to carpool. All field trips will depart from the convention center. Boxed lunches will be provided.

6:00 PM - Poster Sessions & Networking Social

After our field trips return, we're planning a networking social hour(s) and poster session at the Bristlecone Convention Center. Details TBA!

Thursday, October 9, 2025

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration open at the Bristlecone Convention Center

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Sessions

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch Break

A list of local restaurants will be included in your program guide.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Sessions

7:00 PM
Banquet Dinner & Keynote Speaker

Held at the Bristlecone Convention Center. This meal is included in your registration.

Friday, October 10, 2025

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration open at the Bristlecone Convention Center

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Sessions

Saturday, October 11, 2025

Saturday - Travelling south to Las Vegas?
Warm Springs Natural Area

Warm Springs Natural Area is a 1,250-acre oasis in Moapa, Nevada, featuring more than two dozen bubbling springs, rushing streams and lush wetlands. It is also home to over 28 sensitive species and more than 200 species of birds. Operated by the Southern Nevada Water Authority, their mission is to manage the property as a natural area for the benefit of native species and for the recovery of the endangered Moapa dace.

Saturday - Travelling west to Reno?
Hidden Cave & Grimes Point

Hidden Cave is an archaeological site which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, as part of Grimes Point. The cave itself was formed around 21,000 years ago by the waves of rising Pleistocene Lake Lahontan. The cave has been excavated by archaeologists three times: once in 1940, again in 1951, and finally a large excavation in 1979-1980 by the American Museum of Natural History.

Spirit Cave Mummy

Spirit Cave mummy

The Spirit Cave mummy is the oldest human mummy found in North America. It was discovered in 1940 in Spirit Cave, 13 miles east of Fallon, Nevada by the husband-and-wife archaeological team of Sydney and Georgia Wheeler.

The Wheelers, working for the Nevada State Parks Commission, were surveying possible archaeological sites to prevent their loss due to guano mining. Upon entering Spirit Cave they discovered the remains of two people wrapped in tule matting. One set of remains, buried deeper than the other, had been partially mummified (the head and right shoulder). The Wheelers, with the assistance of local residents, recovered a total of sixty-seven artifacts from the cave.

ELY, NV WEATHER

Overnight

Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. South wind around 5 mph.

Monday

Scattered Showers And Thunderstorms Scattered showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 5pm, then isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. West southwest wind 0 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday Night

Isolated Showers And Thunderstorms then Partly Cloudy Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. East wind 0 to 5 mph.

Symposium Merchandise

Troglodyte Playing Cards

We have no idea what these will look like yet, but we couldn't think of hosting NCKMS in Nevada without offering some themed-out playing cards. There's a good chance the card backs will feature a cave animal of the year, but we still have some time to figure it out.

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JUNE 29, 2023
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Advance registration for the 2025 symposium is expected to open in mid-2024. We will send an email to past attendees when that system comes online.

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