Make an Earth Day Pledge and You Could Win a Mountain Escape
John Muir believed that if he took people outdoors, they'd fall in love with our country's wild places and be moved to protect them.
Take the pledge to spend more time outside and you will be entered to win a Sierra Club Outings trip to Washington's rugged North Cascades, where you'll visit breathtaking gorges, stunning lakes and waterfalls, and view spectacular mountain vistas.
The winner will receive two round-trip plane tickets to Seattle, seven nights' accommodation, most meals, and two premium Borealis backpacks from The North Face. Enter by May 4.
Celebrate Our Nation's Wild Places and Open Spaces This Earth Day
From amber waves of grain to purple mountain majesties, our country's public lands contain a wondrous array of irreplaceable scenic vistas and cultural treasures. Find out where our favorite actors, comics, and comic book artists go to recreate, relax, and recharge.
Then tell us: What's your favorite place in America? Upload a video of your special place -- like Jeremy, who loves Mammoth Lakes, CA -- and share it with your family and friends.
You'll Wear It Well
You wear your love of the outdoors on your sleeve -- now you can wear it on your shirt! The Sierra Club and Shirt.Woot, the online hub for T-shirt designers, have launched an Earth Day design contest with the theme of "Open Spaces."
The Shirt.Woot and Sierra Club communities will vote on designs. Submit a design and vote with the chance to win a prize pack. Entries must be submitted by April 18 and voting ends the next day. Best of all, the shirts will be available for purchase after the contest.
It's Time to Protect Our Wild Places
What do the Grand Canyon, California's Giant Sequoia National Monument, and Mount St. Helens have in common? All were permanently protected as national monuments by a sitting president.
President Obama has made Fort Monroe in Virginia a national monument, but there's much more he can do to establish his own conservation legacy -- starting with Fort Ord, a former Army post on the California coast that is home to mountain lions, golden eagles, and red-tailed hawks and is prized for hiking and cycling.
Watch our video and then tell President Obama that it's time for him to name some of our most special wild places as national monuments.
Author and poet Shelton Johnson wants to inspire urban youths and families to spend more time outdoors and reconnect with the wild places that shaped our history. A sought-after public speaker, he is the persuasive park ranger whose letter to Oprah Winfrey convinced her to go camping in a national park.
Johnson's first novel, Gloryland (Sierra Club Books), tells the story of an African American "buffalo soldier" who finds himself posted to the newly created Yosemite National Park.
Gloryland is now available in paperback, as an ebook, and as a downloadable audiobook read by Johnson himself.
Love Your Mother
Show your support for Mother Earth by becoming a Sierra Club member this Earth Day.
Your membership will support our year-round efforts to protect wild lands and wildlife, keep our air and water free from pollution, and promote a clean energy future.
Join between now and Earth Day, April 22, for just $15 and receive a free gift!
Turning a Wasteland into a Forest
Thanks to the combined efforts of the Sierra Club's Environmental Law Program, Kentucky Chapter, and Water Sentinels Program, the largest reforestation project on abandoned mine lands in Kentucky's history is taking place in the state's coalfields.
Some 350,000 native hardwood trees will be planted over the next three years on the site of a former strip mine. It all started when Kentucky native John Cleveland, a newly hired Sierra Club organizer, discovered something fishy while poking around in the Fishtrap Lake watershed of far-eastern Kentucky....
Will the symphony of the Great Bear Rainforest -- one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled temperate rainforest left in the world -- be silenced by tar sands oil tankers?
"If the tankers come, we won't be listening to these whales sing," whale researcher Hermann Meuter told writer Aaron Teasdale, whose paddleboard journey through a proposed tanker route reveals a vibrant ecosystem in peril.
Photo by Aaron Teasdale