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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in," is inscribed on the wall of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, DC. On the National Day of Service, Sierra Club joined forces with the Department of the Interior, Student Conservation Association and Greater DC Cares to serve. The landscaping project at the MLK, Jr. memorial was one of several taking place on the National Mall as part of President Obama's Service Summit. We are honored to serve and commemorate the life and legacy of a true American hero.

MLK Memorial service project

Drum Roll Please...

The results are in. The first annual Veterans Day Essay and Photo Contest winners have been announced. Congratulations to Scott Ostrom (Marine Corps), Liam Corley (Navy) and Kami Fluetsch (Navy). Thank-yous all around to each of the Contest entrants for inspiring us with your passion and commitment to America and our public lands. The Contest, centered on the theme “What My Public Lands Mean to Me” was part of an ongoing commitment by Sierra Club’s Mission Outdoors program and the Bureau of Land Management to provide the country’s Armed forces with opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful public lands that they have sacrificed to defend. View the winning entries and all contest submissions.



Teaming up with the Boys & Girls Club

The Atlanta Inner City Outings program kicked off the New Year in style. ICO volunteers joined forces with the Joseph B. Whitehead Boys & Girls Club for an adventurous backpacking trip to Cumberland Island, Georgia. The students didn’t seem to mind the rain that accompanied them throughout the trip, as they were quickly distracted by beautiful live oaks, palmettos, and wildlife, including dolphins, horses and birds. The group spent four days hiking, camping, exploring the historic Dungeness ruins, and drinking "egg water," the nickname the youth came up with to describe the sulfur smell that lingered in their water even after filtration. View more photos from the trip and learn about our 52 ICO groups across the country.

Atlanta ICO - Jan 2013 - final


Christmas Clear-Cut?

Just last weekend, Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter Local Outings group teamed up with the Audubon Society and the Friends of the LA River to tour sections of a wildlife refuge that had been devastated over the holidays. An important place for outdoor enthusiasts and critters alike, sections of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Refuge in Southern California were clear cut by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Angeles Chapter and allies in the region are looking for answers. Until then, Outings Leader Joe Phillips will be leading weekly walks in the area to call attention to the damage and ask for restoration. “Returning this wildlife area to make it a beautiful and safe place for our wild friends (the birds, coyotes, and even the snakes) is my ultimate goal,” says Joe. Read more on the Angeles Chapter blog.


Meet Our Spring Intern, Sara

Sara Carmichael grew up near the beautiful beaches in Sarasota, Florida where she first discovered herlove for the environment during a beach clean-up with her father at age ten. After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from USF in Tampa she spent a year in AmeriCorps on a Water QualityTeam providing water quality education. After that life changing year she went on to get her Masters of Public Health in Global Environmental Health at Emory University. Since graduation in May 2012 Sara thought she couldhave the largest influence on environmental, drinking water and public health issues by moving to D.C. Read more on our blog.

sara carmichael


Get Involved

Celebrate the Military Child Outdoors! April is the Month of the Military Child.

Join us as we celebrate our nation’s youngest heroes. This April, partners will join forces to connect military children with the outdoors. Together, we will honor their sacrifice as we explore and enjoy the lands they and their parents sacrificed to protect.

Interested in hosting an outing or an event for military families in April?


In the News

Inner City Outings: An Outdoor Education - Elizabeth Neat from Los Angeles ICO tells all.

12 Sierra Club Bloggers to Watch Out for in 2013 - Our own Stacy Bare and Jackie Ostfeld make the cut!

Thanks Cub Scout Pack 97 for Preserving and Protecting RibbonWalk Nature Preserve! - North Carolina Central Piedmont Group explores, enjoys and protects.

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