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Celebrating Military Kids and Get OUT! Earth Day

Our April Get OUT! initiative, including the Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors events has been a huge success. Already we have celebrated military kids and their families at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia, Sturgeon City Park in North Carolina and in many more locations across the country. Military kids are our youngest heroes and we are thrilled to work with partners like Blue Star Families, the National Military Family Association, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, the Children & Nature Network, the National Park Service and the US Forest Service to celebrate them with family outdoor fun in their backyards.

Even Dr. Jill Biden is promoting our Military Kids events on the White House blog. Thanks, Dr. Biden! April is not over yet - there is still time to Get OUT! with Sierra Club, either at a Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors event or another event near you.

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West Palm Beach ICO Kayak Trip

“How many of you can swim?” The guide from Adventure Time Kayaks started with the basics before kayaking with Sierra Club's West Palm Beach Inner City Outings (ICO) members to Munyon Island from MacArthur Park. Everyone raised their hands, so we quickly moved into kayaking instruction. The group launched their kayaks one at a time, and followed the leader across the water. It was a challenging day, windy and with a current which made steering tricky for a newbie. Everyone eventually made it all the way across the little bay and into the sheltered tidal creeks at Munyon Island where we disembarked and ate lunch. It was evident that all the kids had developed more skills on the return trip to MacArthur Park, and each kayak pulled up to the shore with a flourish. The group was tired, but triumphant. We ended with a half hour swim before returning to the community center. And so another successful ICO outing came to a close.

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Take Action: Employ Youth to Protect Our Natural Heritage

Tell Congress: Employ Youth to Protect Our Natural Heritage

Tell Congress to put young Americans to work protecting and restoring our public lands. Youth unemployment hovers at 13 percent while $25 billion worth of maintenance projects are piling up on our public lands. The Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013 addresses both of these national challenges. TAKE ACTION.

Read Employing Youth to Protect Our Natural Heritage: Win-Win Solutions in Tough Economic Times on The Huffington Post to learn more about the Public Lands Service Corps Act.

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Welcome Joshua Brandon

Warm welcome to Joshua Brandon, the newest member of our team. Joshua is truly at home in the mountains as an avid mountaineer, climber, and snowboarder. His passion for the mountains grew from the ability of wild places to help him overcome the challenges associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. A Citadel graduate, he served as a US Army infantry officer for ten years, which included three combat  tours in Iraq, where he was awarded the Silver Star and two Bronze Star Medals with Valor device. He is an active member and board of director for Veterans Expeditions, and he is the co-chair of the American Alpine Club Cascade Section. Joshua joins Sierra Club Outdoors as our Military and Community Outdoor Recreation Organizer.

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Get Involved

Interested in becoming a certified Sierra Club Outings leader?

Join us for one of our Outdoor Leadership Trainings and you'll be well on your way! Upcoming trainings: Illinois, May 3-5 and California, May 31 - June 2. See more details and register today! 

Enter SIERRA Magazine's 8th Annual Paddling Sweepstakes for your chance to win 7 outstanding paddling prizes, including an Ally Canoe valued at over $2,000! Other lucky winners will receive an outdoor eco adventure in the Everglades, get outfitted in stylish gear from ExOfficio or receive a brand new Werner Kayak Paddle. Additional prizes include a Malone kayak carrier, MTI life jackets and Sea to Summit dry bag set. 

In the News

Outdoor and Military Organizations Celebrate 'Month of the Military Child' - in High Country News

Environmental Leaders Making Herstory - in The Huffington Post

Coming Home: How Nature Programs Offer Peace, Healing to Veterans and Families - on the Children & Nature Network blog

Stacy Bare Talks Mission Outdoors - on Blog Talk Radio


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