December 25, 2012
º Trails App for iPhone
º 10 Must-See Pedestrian Bridges
º Winter Hibernation Quiz
º 12 World-Changing Inventions
º New 2013 Trips Are Here!
New 2013 Trips Are Here! Where Do You Want to Go?
Already thinking about next year's vacation? We just launched hundreds of new adventures
that will get you out there without breaking the bank. Whether you're seeking lodge-based explorations or supported treks, backpack journeys leisurely to strenuous, or vacations near home or in far-flung destinations, you can be sure to find a trip that feels like it was designed for you.
At Sierra Club Outings
, we offer 300+ trips that turn an ordinary vacation into an unforgettable adventure. Book your reservation online or call (415) 977-5522 to secure a spot by phone.
DIY CD Napkin Holder
Got an old compact disc? Turn it into table decor. This easy-to-make napkin holder is perfect for everyday use or for a party decoration. Follow our step-by-step instructions to add some musical style to your next celebration
Photo: Lori Eanes
Thank You, President Obama!
The 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve in western Alaska is the largest undisturbed area of wildlands in the United States, home to a dizzying array of wildlife -- half a million caribou, countless migratory birds, thousands of walrus, and many polar bears.
Tens of thousands of Sierra Club members, activists, and supporters have urged the Obama administration to make sure that the most important wild areas of this reserve will be protected from Big Oil, and Interior Secretary Salazar recently confirmed that 11 million acres will be set aside.
This is great news! Send the Obama administration a message
to let them know we support their efforts to protect the special places of Alaska's western Arctic.
Janine Benyus, president of the Biomimicry Institute, which promotes the study and imitation of nature's remarkably efficient designs
Adam Werbach, cofounder of yerdle, a new green website that promotes sharing instead of shopping
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Watch, Dance, Celebrate, Share
-- starring in the Sierra Club's year-end music video
. Thanks to all the Club's members, supporters, volunteers, and staff, this year we slashed carbon dioxide pollution, raised fuel-efficiency standards for new American-made cars and trucks, secured four new national monument designations, protected more than a million acres of land around the Grand Canyon, organized more than 200,000 outings with youth, families, and veterans, and moved our country closer to a clean-energy future with the announcement of 100 coal-fired power plant retirements.
Phew! After you hang up your dancing shoes, join us at Get Going Green
to gear up for an even bigger and greener 2013!
What's Your Eco Personality Type?
, you have many ways to show your love for the planet.
Where would you take your dream vacation? On a hike, are you more apt to snap photos or jot down notes in a journal? What's one thing you "can't do without" when traveling? How do you show your support for the environment?
Take our short quiz
to find out your eco personality type.
Trails App for iPhone
Sierra Club Trail Explorer is the only iPhone app you need to discover new places to enjoy the outdoors.
Powered by AllTrails.com, Trail Explorer provides an easy way to explore and enjoy the wilderness in your own backyard and across the country with over 40,000 trails across North America.
Download the app today to find, record, and share new adventures
10 Must-See Pedestrian Bridges
Bridges symbolize connection -- they directly join people, places, and things that would otherwise remain isolated.
Have a Hopeful New Year
Who wouldn't want to start 2013 with a little more hope in their lives?
Start your days off with a smile by subscribing to our Daily Ray of Hope enewsletter
. We'll send you a beautiful nature image and some inspirational words every weekday morning. Because we could all use a few extra rays of hope.
Check out our slideshow of great 2012 images
Winter Hibernation Quiz: How Do You Sleep?
Ever wish you could take a really long nap when the going gets tough? For humans, life goes on as usual during the winter, but that's not the case for a few of our animal friends.
Take our short quiz to find out which hibernating animal you most resemble
and learn some cool facts about the critters that enjoy winter siestas.
And check out this slideshow
of furry -- and not so furry -- animal families.
Year-End Membership Drive
Show your support for the environment this holiday season by joining the Sierra Club. We're looking for 3,000 new members who are ready to stand up to save wolves and other threatened wildlife. Your membership will support our efforts next year to save wildlife and the land that all of our lives depend on.
Become the newest member of the Sierra Club community, and we'll send you an exclusive Sierra Club messenger bag. But don't wait! You have only until December 31.
Be part of this historic effort. Join the Sierra Club today!
12 World-Changing Inventions from 2012
From solar soccer to poop power, these amazing eco inventions of 2012 promise to make the world a better place.
Check out our list of 12 world-changing inventions
and get inspired by the innovators, young and old, with the vision and initiative to build a greener future.