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The Sierra Club is an active and fun environmental organization. Come join us for hikes, outings, art openings, talks by experts, volunteer opportunities, and great conversation about environmental issues! There are tons of ways to get involved with this group.
SAFE SPACE AGREEMENT
Outdoor Activities runs programs that insist on a safe space agreement between participants, leaders, volunteers, and staff. We want to support everyone in exploring, enjoying, and protecting these phenomenal spaces, and hateful and dangerous behavior will not be tolerated. We don’t want to deny participation in these outdoor programs and we will always say no to racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, impairment, and disruption. This clearly outlines the expectations of those wishing to support the Sierra Club mission and values.
COVID-19 protocols for Sierra Club Outings have been rescinded however:
- To reduce contact and to save time, sign-up for outings and complete the participant agreement in advance at https://www.riograndesierraclub.org/calendar/
- If you’ve signed-up for an outing or event and begin to feel ill, please stay home and seek appropriate medical care.
- Participants are welcome to wear masks if it makes them comfortable.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Escalante Petrified Forest State Park Utah Service Project710 Reservoir Rd, Escalante, UT
The Rio Grande Chapter is co-sponsoring a service trip to Escalante Petrified Forest State Park Utah for a Service Project in conjunction with the Austin (TX) Group of the Sierra Club.
To simplify the process, additional information and registrations are being handled by the Austin Group only at this link:
Join us for a week long service trip at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, a half mile north of the town of Escalante. This park is only seven miles from the famed Hole-in-the-Rock Road, which takes you deep into Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
There are numerous gorgeous hikes in the National Monument, including Coyote Gulch, the best backpacking trip I have ever taken in my entire life.
So that we have a chance to do some serious hiking, the State Park Manager, Chad Jones, has given us three full days off. Saturday, September 23, Tuesday the 26th, and Friday the 29th. This means we will work all day on Sunday the 24th, Monday the 25th, Wednesday the 27th and Thursday the 28th.
At the State Park, we will have access to showers, water and power.Not open
- Fall Mesa Verde National Park Bike TourMesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde, CO
Registrations for this event will be accepted at this link only:
Welcome to the Fall Mesa Verde National Park Bike Tour. Participants will ride Mesa Top and Cliff Palace Ruins Loops. On Tuesday, 9/26 we will ride Mesa Top Loop and will take short hikes to several cliff dwelling overlooks and mesa top sites. On Wednesday, 9/27 we will ride Cliff Palace Loop and see Cliff Palace and other facinating sites. Weather in Southern Colorado in late September is usually very clement with temperatures ranging from the mid 50s to mid 70s. The oaks which cover much of Mesa Verde are opten at their peak autumn splendor with a painter's palate of reds golds and yellows. September and October are busy months for tourists on the Colorado Plateau, but Mesa Verde is not as crowded as in the summer months, and is very enjoyable. In past years participants in this outing have come from long distances, so it is best for all the Google directions from individual places of origin. Camping within MEVE is available at Morefield Campground. Lodging in the park is available at Far View Lodge with dining at The Terrace. Morefield is an excellent camping complex with full facilities. See details for both at the Mesa Verde National Park website. All facilities within the park are managed by Aramark and reservations must be made through them. Guided tours of Cliff Palace and Balcony House are available. See details at the MEVE site. Camping and lodging are also available in Cortez and Mancos. As stated in the short description, we will be riding @ 7.5 miles over undulating roads on both days. Mesa Verde is @ 8000 ft. in elevation. We will be on and off our bikes, hiking to deifferent overlooks and sites, and often re-starting on inclines. Participants must be in bike shape for this outing in order to stay in a single file group, and to enjoy the experience. It is not the Tour de France but it isn't a cruise through the neighborhood, either. Because the roads are narrow, often one way with traffic, the outing must be limited in size to 13 participants plus the outings leader and sweeper. Folks have used road, mountain, gravel and ebikes on this outing.
Registration for this event must be done at riograndesierraclub.org/calendar. Many may see this outing posted on Meetup, but RSVPing on Meetup DOES NOT sync with the riograndesierraclub.org/calendar site. All contact and emergency information must be supplied. Registrants will be sent gear and apparel recommendations along with outing rendezvous information and any other updated information @ 2 weeks prior to the outing, so email/phone information is essential. If anone has questions, call/text Outings Leader Hart Pierce at 505-320-1055 or email at email@example.com.Not open
- Wilderness First Aid Course12 Camino Municipal, Tijeras, NM
Registrations for this course will taken at the link provided below, only.
Saturday-Sunday, Sep 16-17, Wilderness First Aid Course: Rio Grande Chapter is sponsoring a Wilderness First Aid course especially geared toward our members. This course is in high demand and typically fills-up months in advance.
Executive Summary: The SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course is a 2-day first aid course that provides training for anyone that spends time hiking, skiing, engaged in other outdoor pursuits, or just wants to know what to do when things go south. The course is a blend of lecture, demonstrations and scenarios. Students will have ample opportunity to practice skills in life-like situations, both as patients and caregivers. At the successful completion of the two day course you will be certified or re-certified in Wilderness First Aid. Attendees must participate in all portions and hours of the course to obtain certification.
Why attend: People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? If you’re ever more than an hour away from a hospital or one mile from any road you need to know what to do. Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life. For more information on SOLO's curriculum, visit www.soloschools.com
Price: The price for the course is $200 per person.
When: September 16-17, 2023 (participants must commit to attend both days)
Class times: Saturday, September 16, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, September 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Village of Tijeras Village Hall, 12 Camino Municipal, Tijeras, NM 87059
If You Wish to Attend: Register at:
to be placed on the class list. Payment instructions will be sent in late July requesting a $65 deposit to hold your seat. Applicants will taken in the order that they register and remit payment by the deadline. Maximum class size is 24.
Who is the WFA for: The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It includes classroom instruction and actual treatment scenarios. Students must demonstrate that they understand key elements and techniques presented in the curriculum in order to receive certification.
Material Covered in the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course:
- Introduction to wilderness first-aid
- Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
- Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
- Cold-Related Injuries
- Environmental Emergencies
- Heat-Related Injuries
- Medical Emergencies & Critical Care
- Patient Assessment System
- Patient Lifting & Moving
- Principles of Fracture Care
- Response & Assessment
- Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies
- Spinal Cord Injury Management
- Sprains & Strains
- Trauma-Musculoskeletal Injuries
- Trauma-Soft Tissue Injuries
- Universal Precautions
- Use of Epinephrine
- Island in the Sky District - Canyonlands National Park Service ProjectIsland in the Sky, Utah, UT
Saturday, Sep 30 to Saturday, Oct 7: Island in the Sky District - Canyonlands National Park Service Project
The Rio Grande Chapter is co-sponsoring a service trip to Island in the Sky-Canyonlands National Park for a Service Project in conjunction with the Austin (TX) Group of the Sierra Club.
To simplify the process, additional information and registrations are being handled by the Austin Group at this link:
Join us for a week long service trip at Canyonlands National Park. This park is divided into three parts, and we will be in the Island in the Sky District.
There are numerous gorgeous hikes at Island in the Sky. So that we have a chance to do some serious hiking, the Volunteer Coordinator, Sofia Nicholson, has given us two full days off including Sunday, October 1.
Sofia will lead us on an optional interpretive hike on Friday, October 6. She writes: Folks are always welcome to spend that whole day going on different hikes, especially if folks want to do one of the longer hikes at Island in the Sky (many are over 8 miles round trip). The hike I lead will be ~4 easy round trip miles.
We will have access to showers and toilets because the Park Service will be setting up their Ablutions Trailer like they did last year at Arches. We will not have electricity at our campsite. And, just like Arches, we will be camping alone in a Service Area, so we might find heavy equipment parked nearby.
Leader: Stan Peyton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Canyonlands, UT
Sign-up: https://www.meetup.com/austin-sierra-club-outings/events/291912034/Not open