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May 10, 2011: In This Issue
º 10 Wild Places to Hike
º Bike to Work Week
º The Best Internship on Earth
º Mothers, Mercury, & Mountains
º How to Raise a Wild Child

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Check Out the Paddlecraft Buyer's Guide in Sierra Magazine

Different Strokes
Summer's just around the corner, which means it's time to climb up into the garage rafters and pull down your favorite paddlecraft. If you're in the market for something new this year, check out Sierra magazine's buyer's guide to the sweetest canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards.

Repurpose: Make Your Maps

Model T's
We asked for help designing for the world's best John Muir T-shirt. Although our budget was limited (nothing), and the offered reward was modest (none), folks pitched in and sent us their brilliant ideas. See the finalists and tell us which one you like best!

Move clean cars into the fast lane

Make an Oil Executive Cry
Tell the Obama administration to move clean cars into the fast lane by setting standards that cut carbon pollution from new vehicles by 6 percent per year and achieve an average fuel efficiency of at least 60 miles per gallon by 2025.
Top 10 Wild Places 10 Wild Places to Hike (Before You Die)

Golfers have St. Andrews. Opera buffs have La Scala. But hikers have their pick of all the world's most beautiful wild places. How could anyone ever single out just one of them as not-to-be missed?

We can't. But we can narrow it down for you. If you're a hiker, you'd better not hang up your boots and backpack for the last time before you've hit the trail in at least one of these ten wild places, as selected by the Sierra Club's volunteer outings leaders.

Join the Fun During Bike to Work WeekJoin the Fun on Bike to Work Week

Riding a bicycle is not only one of the most efficient and economical ways to get from point A to point B, it's also one of the most fun and healthy ways to get anywhere. (Not to mention the money you save on gas.)

Next week is National Bike to Work Week, so why not get in on the fun by making a bike-to-work pledge?

Don't worry if you haven't biked to work before -- we've got all the info you need on how to get started.

Best Internship Winner The Best Internship on Earth Goes to...

We have a winner. It was tough, but you helped us chose one outstanding applicant to spend the summer of a lifetime adventuring with the Sierra Club's youth programs and videoblogging along the way.

This year's Outdoor Youth Ambassador will also be outfitted with $2,000 worth of gear from the North Face, some nifty Vibram Five Fingers footwear, and other cool stuff.

Visit our Facebook page today to watch the winning video that knocked our hiking socks off.

Canadian lynx Great News for Wildlife Habitat!

The results from our Earth Day Campaign to protect wildlife habitat are in. We raised over $55,000 -- surpassing our goal of $40,000. Thanks to everyone who helped us meet --and beat -- our goal!

We have more great news. The former chair of The Sierra Club Foundation Board of Directors, Bob McKinney, is offering an additional $20,000 challenge grant.

That means your gift to protect wildlife (and the habitat it depends on) from climate disruption will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to an additional $20,000 through May 31st.

Make your gift today!

Find coal-fired power plants near youDeadly Neighbors

The U.S. is home to 491 coal-fired power plants that emit toxic mercury. Is one of them near you? Find out with our new map.

Nearly two-thirds of the existing coal-fired plants in the U.S. lack the needed modern pollution controls to keep toxic air pollution, like mercury, acid gases and arsenic, out of our air and water. This toxic pollution causes serious health problems, including brain damage.

You can support higher standards for clean air and water for all Americans by taking action with our Stop Polluters campaign.

Join the Activist Network
Mary Anne Hitt and daughter HazelMothers, Mercury, and Mountains

Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign Director Mary Anne Hitt did 12 TV interviews about the dangers of mercury pollution from coal plants in ten different states in one day (here's one from Rochester, NY). Every year 300,000 babies are born at risk for developmental defects because their mothers were exposed to mercury pollution, so her message was particularly appropriate for Mother's Day.

As a new mom herself, one of Mary Ann's own Mother's Day wishes was that her daughter -- an 11th generation West Virginian -- not lose "her heritage and her birthright, the mountains of 'The Mountain State'" because of mountaintop-removal coal mining.

How To Raise a Wild ChildHow to Raise a Wild Child

Kids need some nature in their lives, but most of them won't get enough unless their parents help them build a bridge to the natural world.

David Sobel is a widely published expert on environmental education, but his new memoir, Wild Play (Sierra Club Books), tells a much more personal story of how he tried to raise his own children with an appreciation for nature from their earliest years to young adulthood.

Insider readers can get a special 30 percent discount on Wild Play this month by entering the code WILD30 at checkout.