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The Sierra Club is a national organization dedicated to Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the planet. Locally, our NE Group participates in outdoor adventures and environmental education, and we lobby our local and state government for pro-environmental legislation.

We invite you to Join the Sierra Club and help us Save the Planet!

You can join for as little as $15 a year!

As a special thank you, we'll send you a free gift as well as these exciting Members-only benefits:

- One-year subscription to Sierra magazine

- Worldwide Members-only outdoor trips

- Automatic membership in your local Chapter

- Discounts on Sierra Club calendars, books, and other merchandise

We will begin conducting outings again after July 4, 2021.

For much more info about us, see:

https://www.sierraclub.org/florida/northeast-florida

Upcoming events (4+)

Full Moon Paddle - Salt Run

442 Ocean Vista Ave

Open for RSVPs Wednesday, October 6.

There is nothing quite as magical as being on the water and watching the sunset in the West and the moon rise in the East.

One of the best local places to do this is Salt Run, a narrow inlet between Anastasia Park and Anastasia island.

Bring your camera/ cell phone in a dry bag! We will put in at the Yacht Club (near the lighthouse) and paddle south, then cross the inlet and paddle through the mangroves, usually a great sunset with the lighthouse in view.

Life jackets (PDF's), lights of some type and whistles are required. There are some oyster beds in the area, so a solid kayak or paddleboard is recommended. I will have some light necklaces and bug spray. Bring water and a snack if you want.

We should be out approximately 2 hours. Storms can blow up quickly, but it is not too far to reach the shore; given it will be nearing dark when we return, this paddle is best for those more confident in their boat. Children old enough to manage a kayak with confidence are welcome, no pets please! No rentals are available in this location.

We will watch the weather: if heavy rains with lightening or winds over 12mph are predicted we will cancel. No fun to be out there in those conditions!

We will meet in the public parking area next to the yacht club, 442 Ocean Vista Ave, St. Augustine, 32080. The entrance is directly across from the lighthouse. We can launch from the area to the left of the pier and boat ramp and park as close as possible. Parking shouldn’t be too bad that time of day. No restrooms are available, but we will only be out a couple of hours.

DIRECTIONS: From A1A on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, if headed south on A1A, turn left on Red Cox Drive just past Alligator Farm. If headed north on A1A, turn right on Red Cox Drive. After 0.3 miles, turn right on Ocean Vista Avenue and continue until it ends at the Yacht Club.

You will need to complete a Participation Agreement in order to attend. The forms will be available at the meeting place.

Special Covid-19 instructions:
● This outing may include vaccinated and non-vaccinated participants
● Masks are not required at this outdoor event. Please bring a mask in case a situation arises where donning a mask may be warranted.
• Masks are required for unvaccinated minors
● If you have any of the following symptoms, do not attend this outing:
* Fever or chills
* Congestion or runny nose
* Headache
* Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
* Nausea or vomiting
* Muscle or body aches
* New loss of taste or smell

Kayak Peters Creek

Black Creek Marina and Bait Shop

Open for RSVPs on October 9.

Let's take a beautiful, leisurely paddle up Peters Creek in Green Cove Springs to see swamp/wetland banks, birds, and other wildlife. We might even run across a little Lynyrd Skynyrd history. Total distance will be about 6 miles.

Bring water, bug spray, and sun block. Bring your own kayak. Life jacket (PFD) and whistle are mandatory and you must wear your PFD.

No rentals available.

You are required to complete a Participant Agreement. We strongly encourage you to complete the agreement on line to save time at the beginning of the outing.

Here's the link to the online registration:
https://tinyurl.com/ysrpybe8

If you do not sign online, a paper form will be available at the meeting place.

Please arrive by 8:30 to put in at 9:00 a.m. Restrooms available at the boat ramp.

DIRECTIONS: Take U.S. 17 south from Orange Park. Immediately after crossing Black Creek just north of Green Cove Springs, turn left on River Lane. Address: 1472 River Ln, Green Cove Springs

Hike Black Creek Ravines

Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area

Open for RSVPs on October 12.

We'll hike about five miles through this varied and remote environment.

The area's most distinctive characteristics are the seepage slopes and steep ravines that result from a series of naturally eroding seepage streams. These sensitive ecosystems support a wide variety of native aquatic and wetland-dependent species. We'll get a nice view of Black Creek.

You are required to complete a Participant Agreement. We strongly encourage you to complete the agreement on line to save time at the beginning of the outing.
A link to the online registration will be provided here before the hike.
If you do not sign online, a paper form will be available at the meeting place.

Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen.

DIRECTIONS: The address is about 5703 Green Rd · Middleburg, FL, coords are[masked],[masked]. Black Creek Ravines is located east of Middleburg. Take Blanding Blvd/SR21 south to County Road 218. Turn left and go about two miles to Green Rd. Turn left. Take Green Rd past the first parking area. Continue under the power lines on the dirt road to the next parking area. Look for the Sierra Club sign.

Special Covid-19 safety information.
• This outing may include vaccinated and non-vaccinated participants
• Masks are not required at this outdoor event. Please bring a mask in case a situation develops where donning a face mask may be warranted
• Masks are required for unvaccinated minors
• If you have any of the following symptoms, do not attend this outing
Fever or chills, congestion or runny nose, headache, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, nausea or vomiting, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell or sore throat.

Hike the Florida Trail near Rodman Dam

Florida Trail Rodman ATV Trailhead

Open for RSVPs Saturday, October 16.

For over 50 years, the Ocklawaha River (the largest tributary of the St. Johns) and its springs have been impacted by an obsolete dam built in Putnam County as part of the failed Cross Florida Barge Canal.

The Rodman Dam (now known as the Kirkpatrick Dam) resulted in the clearing and flooding of approximately 7,500 acres of floodplain forests, while submerging over 20 springs and 16 miles of the Ocklawaha River beneath a massive pool of water.

Breaching this dam will re-establish access to essential habitat for manatees, bring back migratory fish, reconnect three river ecosystems and historic Silver Springs, and help offset some of the impacts of sea level rise in Jacksonville as well.

As a follow-up to our education program with The St. Johns Riverkeeper earlier in October, we will visit the dam first-hand and hike along its reservoir, through gorgeous live oak hammocks, continuing on the Florida Trail into Ocala National Forest. The route will take us past a pretty inland pond, once the site of a pioneer homestead, and into Florida scrub and then through rolling hills of beautiful longleaf pine savanna. The hike will be about 5 miles out and back.

Bring sunscreen, hat, bug spray, water and snacks. There are vault toilets at the parking area.

DIRECTIONS: Get on US-19 near Palatka headed south. Continue 12 miles then turn right on Rodman Dam Road. Continue past the Rodman Campground entrance. Continue over the dam and past the edge of the reservoir until you dead-end at a parking area for the ATV trails. This is where we will meet.

Children are permitted on this hike if they can handle the distance. Unfortunately, we do not allow dogs on this hike other than service animals on leash.

Participants are required to complete a Participation Agreement. You will be sent a link to an online form where you can complete the agreement in advance to save time at the start of the hike. A paper form will also be available at the starting point.

Special Covid-19 safety information:
• This outing may include vaccinated and non-vaccinated participants
• Masks are not required at this outdoor event. Please bring a mask in case a situation develops where donning a face mask may be warranted. Masks are required for unvaccinated minors.
• If you have any of the following symptoms, do not attend this outing:
* Fever or chills
* Congestion or runny nose
* Headache
* Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
* Nausea or vomiting
* Muscle or body aches
* New loss of taste or smell

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Hike Bulls Bay Preserve

Bulls Bay Preserve

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