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Take Action: Reopen Our National Parks! Take Action: Reopen Our National Parks!

The government is still shutdown. Thanks to Republicans in the House of Representatives, America's national parks and monuments are closed -- disappointing as many as 750,000 visitors a day and costing local communities upward of $76 million a day.

Now, some in Congress are pushing a piecemeal approach, playing political games with our parks and forests. That's now how this works! To open and protect our parks, we must fully fund our government.

Tell your member of Congress to end the shutdown.

Sierra Club Explores, Enjoys and Protects on National Public Lands Day Sierra Club Explores, Enjoys and Protects on National Public Lands Day

"Dozens of Sierra Club outings groups and volunteers joined people from communities across the country in caring for the lands that are part of our shared heritage. Whether it's picking up trash at the park down the street or building trails through our beautiful wild areas, volunteers are not only getting outdoors and enjoying what our public lands have to offer, but ensuring that future generations can too," said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune about the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day.

Big thanks to Sierra Club volunteers across the country! Sierra Club’s Maryland Chapter even braved the rain to help remove some of the worst invasive species in the Mid-Atlantic region, including English Ivy and Japanese Stiltgrass, a plant that is contributing to pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Volunteers gathered at Little Paint Branch Park in Beltsville, MD, for a day of service. Learn more about ongoing volunteer opportunities with the Maryland Chapter and other Sierra Club Chapters.

Some more wise words from Michael Brune: "I hope that everyone will take the opportunity to go explore our public lands, take family and friends, and be inspired. It's the perfect time to begin or reaffirm a lifelong commitment to nature and the outdoors."

Carolina On My Mind: Outings Leaders Train to Get More Carolinians Outdoors Carolina On My Mind: Outings Leaders Train to Get More Carolinians Outdoors

Sierra Club Outings are INSPIRING conservation. Just last week, 39 ASPIRING and current North Carolina Outings leaders came together under a Carolina blue sky for a day of Sierra Club's Outdoor Leadership Training in Chapel Hill. Eight of North Carolina's thirteen groups were represented—with participants traveling from all across the state to turn their passion for the outdoors into leadership in the outdoors.

Kudos to the North Carolina Chapter Outings Committee for leading the training and thanks to Durham Technical Community College for providing basic first aid to our future leaders. Participants also had the chance to learn more about our Raleigh Inner City Outings group and ongoing efforts to encourage area youth to get outdoors.

North Carolina isn't stopping there. Soon they'll collaborate with Sierra Club's South Carolina Chapter to conduct another training. Interested in becoming a Sierra Club Outings leader? Check with your local chapter for upcoming training opportunities and join Sierra Club's 7,500+ volunteers already working to connect America with the outdoors!

Climbing to Olympus in Observance of 9/11 Climbing to Olympus in Observance of 9/11

Sierra Club Outdoors veteran climbers Joshua Brandon, Dan Wiwczar, and Derek Quintanilla undertook a traverse of Mount Olympus and the Ridge of the Gods in the wilderness of Washington. Over the course of five and a half days, they walked and climbed 48 miles with 22,000 feet of elevation change on five peaks and two glaciers. They travelled through one of the largest temperate rain forests on the planet, steep sub alpine hills, and glaciated alpine vistas encompassing some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country in observance of Sierra Club's annual 9/11 climb.

Check out the amazing photos and read more about this trip of a lifetime.

Photo by Dan Wiwczar.

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