Our outings are planned and led by the Thomas Hart Benton and Kanza groups of the Sierra Club for conservation-minded people. You do not have to be a Sierra Club member to join this meetup group or participate in the outings. Outings are not limited to the KC area - the Ozarks is a common destination, for example.
Our outings leaders are Sierra Club volunteers, and the range of outings is as diverse as their interests. Day hikes, bicycling, backpacking, paddling, and camping are common activities but you might also find us picking up trash, watching birds, clearing brush along a hiking trail, crawling in a cave, or eradicating invasive vegetation.
Feel free to suggest nature- or conservation-oriented outings and maybe one of our leaders will make it happen.
Unless explicitly stated otherwise, our outings are limited in size and we do not permit people to "just show up". You must RSVP here or contact the outing leader by email or telephone.
If you repeatedly RSVP for outings but don't show up you may find yourself "deprioritized" for a time - moved to the waiting list behind others who wish to participate.
We Leave No Trace (and that means a lot more than just carrying out our trash).
Children are welcome on most day hikes when accompanied by an adult. Contact the outing leader to determine if the outing is appropriate for your child.
Pets are permitted only if the outing description explicitly says they are.
Firearms are not allowed.
Outing leaders have the final word before and during the outing they are leading and may set minimum fitness, experience and/or equipment requirements for their trip.
We solicit contributions at many outings. These are not tax deductible and are used to fund the operations of the local group (printing and postage costs, outings leader training, etc).
Car-pooling is encouraged among trip participants.The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants.
During the sign-in process 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, please click here.
Don't have all the gear for a backpacking trip? No problem, we have some available for loan to Sierra Club members for our local outings.