Host a house party and protect America’s special places!

Host a house party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and protect America’s special places!
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Dear Sierra Club members and supporters,

Host a house party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and protect America’s special places!

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law and since then over 750 wilderness areas have been designated from coast to coast – from Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to 1.5 million acres of Florida’s Everglades.

Americans have used the Wilderness Act to preserve nearly 110 million acres of public lands in their natural state for everyone to enjoy — but there are still so many deserving wild lands that must be protected. Wild lands filter the air we breathe and the water we drink; they generate fertile soils, control pests that destroy crops, provide habitat for wildlife, sequester carbon pollution and control floods. They also contribute to the multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation economy and provide important opportunities for people from all backgrounds to reconnect with nature.

The more people know about why wilderness matters the more they will do to protect these special places!

That’s why the Sierra Club is teaming up with the Smithsonian Channel to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and to get the word out about how we can protect more of America’s wild lands!

Sign up to host a house party on September 2. You will have the opportunity to join in a discussion with Sierra Club Executive Director, Michael Brune about the Wilderness Act and get an advance screening of the Smithsonian Channel’s special Wilderness episode of Aerial America! Sign up and host a house party now!


WHO: Friends, family, Sierra Club, Smithsonian Channel and you!
WHAT: Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Celebration House Party
WHEN: Tuesday, September 2 at 5pm PST, 6pm MST, 7pm CST, 8pm EST
WHERE: Your house!


We make hosting a house party easy. You will be provided all the materials you need to have a successful event including a step-by-step guide, a DVD of the Smithsonian Channel Aerial America episode and a follow-up call to answer any questions you might have.

You’ll be taken on a cross-country journey over the icy wild of Alaska, past western mountains and otherworldly stone monoliths, and across deserts, badlands and everglades. Collectively these untamed worlds tell the story of America’s ancient history, its westward expansion, and its grassroots conservation, all offered from a spectacular bird’s eye view.

You’ll also be doing your part to help engage more people in the movement to protect America’s special places for generations to come – places like Boulder-White Clouds in Idaho and Greater Canyonlands in Utah.

But it won’t happen unless you sign up to host a house party and invite your friends and family to join you. Sign up today, celebrate and protect more of America’s wild lands!

Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,

Dan Chu
Our Wild America Campaign — Director
Sierra Club

Celebrate Smokey Bear’s Birthday – Evergreen Nature Preserve Service Outing

This Saturday is Smokey Bear’s birthday – Happy 70th Birthday Smokey Bear! What better way to celebrate than to give back to preserving and protecting our local natural areas. Make plans to join us!

Preserve Our Preserves Service Outing

For the last 2 years, The Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club has been engaged in invasive species removal  at Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve, and we have done such an outstanding job  the Parks and Recreation Department has asked us to do the same for Evergreen Nature Preserve. Invasive species, also called “introduced species”,” non-native” or “non-indigenous” are plants that adversely affect the habitats or bioregions they invade.  The invasive species dominate the region and crowd out native species which had previously provided habitat and food for birds and other wildlife.  There is a great sense of satisfaction that comes from clearing a section of forest of invasive vines and seeing the natural open landscape restored.  We would love to have you join us at Evergreen to pitch in and restore this little slice of nature right in the heart of East Charlotte.

When: Saturday, August 9th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where to meet: Winterfield Elementary School, 3100 Winterfield Pl, Charlotte, NC

What to bring: Wear sturdy shoes for work and walking. Bring a water bottle and a snack if you would like to nibble while you work. Work gloves recommended. Tools are provided but you are welcome to bring your own loppers, trowels, knives, etc.

Liability Waiver: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at NC Sierra Club Sign In Waiver

For questions or more information. contact Outings Chair David Underwood at 704-675-2390

Outings Leader Training Weekend at Hanging Rock State Park: Aug 22-24

This is going to be a great weekend! If you would like to become a certified Sierra Club Outings Leader, sign up today!

Hanging Rock OLT Training Flyer V2

Sierra Club Outings Leader Training–OLT201, Basic First Aid and Camping/Backpacking/Wilderness Survival Skills.

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury, NC

Expand your outdoor leadership skills by attending our Sierra Club Outings Leader Training (OLT) Weekend!

Training will include:

  • The Sierra Club Outdoor Leadership Training OLT201 (advanced OLT)
  • Basic First Aid
  • Camping/Backpacking Skills
  • Special presentation by Recreation Specialist, Trevor Hudspeth (NOLS Wilderness EMT and NC EMT) on Wilderness Survival Skills.





$50 Training and Cabin Camper ($15 for training/$35 for cabin)
$15 Training only ($15 for training/Will arrange own lodging/camping)


Attendees should be current Sierra Club outings leaders (or leaders in- training) who have taken Sierra Club OLT101 (basic outdoor leadership training) within the last 4 years. You can take/renew this training online for free on Sierra Club’s Clubhouse site: (See password help in the upper right corner of this web page).

*Non-Sierra Club members and Club members who do not wish to lead outings may register but will be placed on a waiting list–and will be notified of acceptance no later than August 8th (and will receive full refund if not accepted).

We will provide dinner (lasagna and home made ice cream!) Friday night, and breakfast Sunday morning. All attendees should bring their own food for Saturday and camping gear/equipment needed for a 3 day/2 night outing.

Attendees who reserve a cabin spot with us (and buy a “Cabin Camper” ticket) will have lodging arrangements taken care of but must bring their own towels and linens.  There are only 15 cabin spots available (3 cabins sleeping 5 per cabin: 2 bedrooms w/two single beds, one pull out couch). We will assign you to a room with an attendee of the same gender. Priority for these cabin spots will go to Sierra Club outings leaders/leaders in training. Click here for the Hanging Rock State Park Cabin Brochure for more information about the cabins.

Attendees who do not want to stay in a cabin must buy a “Reserving Own Lodging” ticket and should contact Hanging Rock State Park to make their own campground arrangements. You can also reserve a tent camping spot by searching available options at Hanging Rock State Park here:

This training will prepare participants to lead overnight trips away from cars (Sierra Club Level 2 outings). Participants must complete a Level 2 provisional lead (after this training weekend) to finish Level 2 certification. More info to be provided about certification during the training weekend.

More information can be found on our NC Sierra Club Outings Leader Resources page.

Please contact Kelly Mieszkalski (, 919.624.2225) or Nancy Card ( or 910.540.3088) with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you at Hanging Rock!

Register by July 31 for Our Wild NC Wilderness Challenge

The Sierra Club Explore Our Wild North Carolina program is an opportunity to get out and explore some of the great natural treasures in our state. You may participate in organized outings or on your own. The record is an honor system but please have someone at the site initial your record and tell them about the program. When you have finished all 14 areas bring the record to your local Sierra Club meeting or email to to receive your award.

To register and receive a free Wilderness Explore patch, sign up at by July 31st!

Wilderness Explorer Patch

For additional information, go to and

Have a great adventure!

North Carolina Wilderness Areas:

Birkhead Mountains Wilderness

Ellicott Rock Wilderness

Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness

Linville Gorge Wilderness

Middle Prong Wilderness

Shining Rock Wilderness

Southern Nantahala Wilderness

Swanquarter Wilderness / Lake Mattamuskeet Area *

Catfish Lake South Wilderness / Pocosin Wilderness / Pond Pine Wilderness /Sheep Ridge Wilderness / Croatan National Forest *

Craggy Mountain Wilderness Study Area

Harper Creek Wilderness Study Area

Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area

Overflow Wilderness Study Area

Snowbird Wilderness Study Area

* Due to limited accessibility, a visit and activity in any of these areas qualifies for the program.

NC Wilderness and WSA Map

Happy 40th Birthday Mecklenburg Park and Rec!

Thanks to all the great Park & Rec staff that work so hard to preserve, protect and help us enjoy our natural treasures!

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Celebrates 40 Years of ‘Recreating All Year’

July is a BIG month for your Park and Recreation Department. The department will recognize National Park and Recreation Month and celebrate its 40th birthday!

Help celebrate by enjoying a new activity this month:

  • Visit a park or nature preserve
  • Take a run or ride your bike on a greenway
  • Participate in a recreation or fitness center program
  • Tee off at one of five Park and Rec golf courses, or try disc golf at one of our 15 courses
  • Cool off at the Aquatic Center, Ray’s Splash Planet, an outdoor pool or sprayground
  • Go camping at McDowell Nature Preserve – don’t forget the s’mores!
  • Hit the lakes and launch your boat at one of our many launches or rent a canoe at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
  • Go mountain biking – we’ve got over 40 miles of trails just for you and your bike
  • Go fishing in any of our lakes or ponds. With over 27 miles of shoreline and numerous fishing piers, you will find a favorite spot.
  • Visit a Historic Site and learn about Mecklenburg’s past
  • And so much more!

Visit to learn more.





July 23rd Monthly Meeting: Outdoor Treasures of Mecklenburg County

Outdoor Treasures

Please join us on Wednesday July 23rd for a presentation on the Outdoor Treasures of Mecklenburg County.

Stephen Hutchinson, Nature Center Manager at Latta Plantation, will present on the abundant resources of Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation Department. You will be delighted to learn about such great opportunities as kayak tours, canoe rentals, horseback riding, tractor drawn hay rides, cowboy style campfire dinners, Segway adventure tours, GPS treasure hunts, hiking, camping, and more – all nearby.

As usual our meeting is at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. It begins at 6:30pm with free pizza, followed by a short business meeting, and then the formal presentation.

Parking is free. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you.

Linville Gorge – 7.5 Mile Hike (Strenuous), Aug 3


August 3rd (Sunday). Note: This is the reschedule of the rained out hike that was scheduled for June 8:

Linville Gorge Wilderness 7 ½ mile hike on the Conley Cove and Linville Gorge Trails. We will explore the scenic Conley Cove and Linville Gorge trails and the Linville River. The rhododendrons are likely to be in bloom which should make the natural beauty of the gorge even more spectacular. The trails are rugged and are unblazed, so the group will need to stay together. This hike is strenuous and is for fit, experienced hikers with sturdy comfortable closed toe footwear. Hiking boots or closed toe hiking sandals are recommended. We will stop periodically to admire the scenery. Please bring a minimum of ½ gallon of water and any food necessary to maintain energy for this hike. We will take a break for lunch and/or a snack at the half-way point. After the hike, we plan to stop at Wiseman’s View which is one of the more dramatic viewing points in the wilderness. Total hike time 4 hours plus breaks and a half hour at Wiseman’s View total approximately 6 hours. If we start at 10 AM, we should be finished around 4 – 5 PM depending on pace and length of breaks. Contact David Underwood at 704-675-2390

IMPORTANT: Group Size is limited to 10 people (Forest Service Rule for Wilderness Areas) We currently have 2 signed up. When we reach the 10 person limit I will note it below.

Liability Waiver: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at NC Sierra Club Sign In Waiver