Become A Sponsor

2021 NCKMS Co-Sponsorship Benefits

The 23rd biennial meeting of the National Cave and Karst Management Symposium (NCKMS) will be held in San Marcos, Texas on 1–5 November 2021.  These important meetings are held at different locations across the United States in order to highlight local karst resources and management issues, and to allow members of the resource management community to meet and exchange ideas and solve problems.  The only other NCKMS to be held in Texas since these conferences began in 1975 was in New Braunfels in 1989, and our state’s population (and number of caves!) has grown rapidly since then, leading to inevitable management conflicts.  Typical presentations and workshops focus on resource management and stewardship activities, education communication, sustainability, and research, and sessions often provide many examples in both show cave and wild cave resource management. 

The National Cave and Karst Management Symposium relies on registrations and community support to run these meetings, and we are asking you to consider being a co-sponsor in the form of financial support, or through a contribution of goods and services.  Sponsorship will provide attendees an opportunity to learn more about local businesses, products, and resources available in the Texas Hill Country, and to learn about businesses, products, and resources available within the cave and karst resource management community.  There are three levels of support available, which are described below.  Thank you for helping us protect the underground resources of Texas and elsewhere.

Host Organization:  Austin Water, Balcones Canyonlands Preserve

  • Organization listing on NCKMS Web Page and Facebook
  • Recognition in Program and Proceedings
  • Extended Space in Exhibit Hall
  • Inclusion of promotional or other material in registration packages
  • Signs/Banner (if provided) displayed throughout event
  • Four Symposium registrations

Sponsors:  The NCKMS Steering Committee, comprised of the following:

National Speleological Society
American Cave Conservation Association
Cave Research Foundation
Karst Waters Institute
National Caves Association
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
The Nature Conservancy
National Park Service
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Geological Survey

  • Recognition in Program and Proceedings
  • Basic Space in Exhibit Hall

Co-sponsors (three levels for some of the rarest and most globally-imperiled cave animals in Texas):

Bronze Level co-sponsors join the Texella – Bone Cave Harvestman team ($250 to $499 contributions) 

  • Organization listing on NCKMS Web Page and Facebook Page    
  • Recognition in Program and Proceedings
  • Single table space in Exhibit Hall
  • One Symposium registration

Silver Level co-sponsors join the Eurycea – Texas Blind Salamander team ($500 to $999 contributions)
As above, plus:

  • Extended Space in Exhibit Hall
  • Signs/Banner (if provided) displayed throughout event
  • One additional Symposium registration (total of two)

Gold level co-sponsors join the Prietella – Mexican Blindcat team ($1000+ contributions)
As above, plus:

  • Inclusion of promotional or other material in registration packages
  • Premium Space in Exhibit Hall
  • Two additional Symposium registrations (total of four)

Signs, Banners, and Promotional Material: Must be provided by sponsors and co-sponsors and may be displayed at multiple venues (registration, banquet, field trips, etc.).  Promotional materials or other items to be included in registration packages must be received well before the opening day of the event.

Ask us about sponsoring specific activities (Social, Howdy Party, refreshment breaks, Banquet, etc.)!

CLICK HERE to download the co-sponsor application form.