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Join Us to Celebrate Military Children in the Outdoors

COMCOThis April, the Sierra Club will celebrate the Month of the Military Child by joining forces with Blue Star Families, the Children & Nature Network, the National Military Family Association, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, the U.S. Forest Service and others to host a series of Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors (COMCO) events across the nation. We are kicking off the month at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia on Saturday, April 6th. Join us!

COMCO is part of an ongoing effort to connect military children with the outdoors. Together, we will honor their sacrifice as we explore and enjoy the lands they and their parents served to protect. Interested in hosting an outing or an event for military families? Contact: jared.robinson@sierraclub.org.

COMCO supports the Children & Nature Network's Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) initiative, also in April.

Diversity and the Outdoors: Hangout


COMCO - SCOA few weeks ago, Sierra Club led a frank conversation about diversity in the outdoors. Hosted by Sierra Club President Allison Chin, the conversation was a step forward in the continual journey to ensure that all people, regardless of race, religion, heritage, or background, will feel comfortable in the outdoors. Allison was joined by Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro; Audrey Peterman, author of Our True Nature: Finding A Zest for Life in the National Park System (2012); Rusty White, a competitive and traveling surfer who was profiled in the film White Wash, a documentary about the history of black surfing in America; Juan Martinez, the Director of Leadership Development and the Natural Leaders Network for the Children & Nature Network; and Javier Sierra, a bilingual media strategist for the Sierra Club.

Inspiration Through Inner City Outings

SCO - chicago icoYears ago, while doing trail maintenance in the White Mountains, Chris Grenier listened to one of the leaders describe hiking the Appalachian Trail. Chris had limited hiking and camping experience up to that point. But, inspired by what he had heard, Chris hiked the Appalacian Trail two years later.

"And now, thanks to Inner City Outings, I have story after story when kids ask me about the various places I've been. It's a great topic around the campfire," says Chris. For Chris, ICO is an outlet that enables him to pass along the same inspiration that motivated him to hike the Appalachian Trail years ago.

Read the full story on Sierra Club Scrapbook.

"Veterans Take on Hyalite Canyon and Life After War" (excerpt)

SCO - hyalite"Although the goal is to learn and hone skills, it is clear from the beginning that the team’s purpose stretches far beyond reaching the top or conquering frozen waterfalls. These ten men and one woman, many of whom served after 9/11, climb for the challenge, fun, and discovery inherent in stepping beyond where you are comfortable. They climb because they still can; each kick, each swing a tribute to their fallen brothers and sisters who gave everything.

Throughout the week, they express gratitude for the chance to live another day, for the ability to learn new skills, for the opportunity to experience the beauty and solitude of Hyalite and mostly for the chance to spend time outside with a group of people who understand them without explanation." 

Thanks to the Sierra Club Foundation for supporting this trip! Read the full story by National Geographic.

Get Involved

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