Posts Tagged ‘Sierra Club’

Earth Day Volunteering – Sierra Club Outings

man sitting on wall enjoying view of city belowIf you’re looking for a way to honor the planet and all the things living on it for Earth Day (April 22, though, doncha kinda feel like every day is Earth Day?), the Sierra Club has a whole slew of volunteer outings and responsible travel options for you to explore.

The Sierra Club is one of the largest and most effective grassroots environmental organizations we’ve got, and the fact that they lead trips all around the globe with the intent to get people passionate about the world we all share, is our good luck. The trip leaders are incredibly dedicated volunteers who just want to share experiences and expertise with you. The mission of all the organization’s explorations is to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

They boast destinations all around the world, in several categories for all ages and experience levels.  Categories for trips include: backpacking, base camp, bicycle, canoe, international, kayak, lodge, raft, sail, scuba, service/volunteer, ski/snowshoe/dogsled, supported trekking, and training events.

Trip descriptions are thorough so you know what you’re in for, and as I am always strongly advising people really investigate the organizations and organizers of volunteer travel, I love the Sierra Club policy of making all their leaders available by message or phone so you can get all your questions answered.

I’ve got my eye on a few amazing trips coming up: Spring Service in Arches National Park, Utah; Farm Service on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; Trail Repair in Denali National Park, Alaska; Light Station Service in Big Sur, California, and Western Maui, Hawaii eco-service. If I want to explore more than work (and everybody wants that sometimes–we work HARD for our vacation time!) I’m all about Hiking the Hidden Kingdom in Bhutan; Japan Ancient Buddhist Trails, Rainforests, and Volcanoes in Kyushu; and Trekking the Turquoise Coast of Turkey.

I can pretty much guarantee you’ll find more than one trip to pique your wanderlust, and do a little good while making amazing cultural connections. Bon Voyage!

Happy Birthday Ansel Adams

AdamsYosemiteMercedToday is the birthday of ground-breaking nature photographer, Ansel Adams. To celebrate, consider finding out more about this artist/activist, and the environmental organization he loved the most, The Sierra Club. Adams is perhaps best known for his revelatory black and white studies of the majesty of Yosemite National Park. Nobody captures shadow and light like he did, and his photos have become the iconic gold standard for nature imagery.

Adams first connected with The Sierra Club in 1919, and later would serve on the organization’s board of directors for 37 years. It is America’s largest and most influential grassroots organization, and you want to be a part of their actions and activities. There are social activities and outdoor adventures for all ages and abilities, and definitely some in your area (check out your local Sierra Club activities here). In addition, the advocacy work of the organization on behalf of the environment has historically made great change in the way our nation uses and protects wild lands. Alternative energies, youth environmental education, protecting America’s waters, habitat conservation, environmental law, global population, flora and fauna protection, climate change, responsible sporting and fishing, all of it is addressed by one or more of their huge array of projects and goals. Sign up for news alerts and updates to be involved and a champion for ecology. TAKE ACTION and take responsibility for Mother Earth–she’s nice enough to let you stay here, after all we’ve done to piss her off.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANSEL!