The Fort Stanton Cave Study Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to conduct and promote exploration, public education, scientific research, and environmentally sound management of the caves and karst within and surrounding the Fort Stanton – Snowy River National Conservation Area. This organization, comprised of around 200 volunteers, has been pursuing these activities for over 40 years, taking Fort Stanton Cave from a well known popular recreational cave, to a world class, scientifically extraordinary, 20+ mile system. The discovery of the famed Snowy River passage in 2001 is one of the most significant achievements of this organization.