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Over the years I have been fortunate to work with clients who have spared no expense to create some very elaborate natural landscapes. Most of these landscapes are in customer’s back yards where only family members and friends can enjoy the results. In order to reach a larger audience I decided to join a group of people whose combined talents can give something back to the community. The projects that were worked on would be on public land for all people to enjoy. 

In 2010 I began volunteering my time with helping the Wisconsin Speleological Society (WSS). The WSS is a non -profit organization that study, explores, and protects the caves in Wisconsin. The caves on the east central side of the state have been filled in with glacial sediment. We are blessed to have three county parks within a couple hours drive of the Fox Valley and Green Bay that have caves. They are Ledge View Nature Center in Calumet County, Cherney Maribel Caves County Park in Manitowoc County, and Frank E. Murphy County Park (Horseshoe Bay Cave) in Door County. Since the mid 80s the WSS and other volunteers have been working hard to excavate the caves located at Calumet and Manitowoc Counties in order to expand the underground parks for your enjoyment. When you visit any one of these parks you will learn about the cave inhabitants, cave formations, hydrology, and the interesting environment surrounding the caves that supports unique plant and animal life.

Currently I am the acting Vice Chairman for the WSS. In a relatively short period of time we have taken on a number of projects that have improved the parks (CLICK ON PHOTOS). These dramatic changes allow you to be safe while experiencing the wonders of the park. These positive changes also protect the cave itself and the cave life in them.

To learn more about the WSS go to If you would like to support our organization please contact me at Or take a trip out to your park with the family and say hello. I am usually at one of the parks the third Saturday and Sunday of every month.  

Bryan Kleist

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Theodore Roosevelt – The “essential feature” of the National Parks was their “essential democracy” in that the parks preserved wilderness & scenery “for the people as a whole.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt – “There is nothing so American as our National Parks… The fundamental idea behind the park… is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in the process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us.”

In the 30s Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps. Over the course of a decade three million youth were put to work developing our parks for the enrichment of humanity. Each camp supported 200 men who worked five days a week. Many of our parks which had caves were developed at that time. The Wisconsin Speleological Society and volunteers continue on with what our forefathers believed in. The park visitors from yesterday as well as today appreciate the hard work that is ongoing and the fruits of our labor assures tomorrow’s generation experiences it all the better.

Thanks to all the past and present Wisconsin Speleological members! Your legacy lives on and is not forgotten.