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This group is open to anyone, not just Sierra Club members. There is no charge for trips, other than permit fees (when required). The Miami Group is the local chapter of Sierra Club for Southwest Ohio. Miami Group has a long history of leading various types of outings: Paddling, Hiking, Biking, Backpacking, Camping and Service Outings. All outings are led by leaders who have been certified to meet local and national Sierra Club standards.

Miami Group welcomes participation by the LGBT community, all minority groups, and veterans: Help us broaden the reach of the environmental movement!

Upcoming events (5)

July Virtual Inning: The Wonder of Trees and the Promise of Taking Root

Presented by Gayle Ficken-Clarke, who is a current member of the Miami Group Political Committee and has been for several years. She was recruited by Debbie Clark, a Master Gardener friend from Wyoming, and was surprised and happy to find so many of my friends already members of the Miami Group Sierra Club. Gayle has been retired from Procter & Gamble for many years now. Once retired, she searched out compatible volunteer opportunities and found them at the Civic Garden Center, the Herb Society of Greater Cincinnati, and most recently, Taking Root. Few people have heard of it, but it is a non-profit initiated by the OKI Regional Planning Authority to encourage tree planting to lessen the impact of climate change in our area. Having been a Master Gardener and privileged to take many tree classes from Boone County Horticulture agent Mike Klahr, Gayle already valued trees. She learned even more from the people active in Taking Root. With a friend, Gayle founded a volunteer group as part of Taking Root. They focused their efforts of tree planting on one specific day, Make a Difference Day, the fourth Saturday in October, and have been doing this for five years. They have been responsible for over 1,000 trees planted in yards, communities, and parks! In her presentation, Gayle will talk about her experience in organizing this volunteer group and how their efforts have initiated spin-offs in Norwood and the city of Sidney, Ohio. Every year they have a tree sale late in September where nursery-grown native trees are sold at wholesale prices. The trees are shipped to Spring Grove Cemetery where buyers can pick up their order. This has been a rewarding activity for all involved. Gayle was motivated to develop this talk about reflecting her experience on tree plantings after hearing Cincinnati Zoo’s Scott Beuerline’s fascinating talks on the importance of trees. Please register using the following: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuceqsqzIiEtHW2kMZTKa2j32Hsre1cSoL

Clothing: Wool is wonderful, Cotton kills, and other hard-learned lessons.

The next Webinar in our backpacking school series: Thursday July[masked] = Clothing: Wool is wonderful, Cotton kills, and other hard-learned lessons. What kind of fabrics work best for backpacking? How do you stay warm at night? And what about clean clothes – do you need them? We will cover everything from undies to parkas and from hats to socks, and how to layer them for effective temperature control. When: Jul 9,[masked]:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvc-uurjIsHt2q9t86ZVxZC3PX2n-hVpQD After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Food and stoves: A backpacking trip is not the time to diet!

The next Webinar in our backpacking school series: Thursday, July 16, 2020 – Food and stoves: A backpacking trip is not the time to diet! Your body will burn about double its usual number of calories when you are backpacking. We’ll take a look at food planning as well as the pros and cons of different types of stoves in this session. You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Jul 16,[masked]:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAof-uorTIoHNUITlEJSFwPWBCt_hmUkcDA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Footwear: To paraphrase: “The thrill of victory, or the agony of de Feet”

The next Webinar in our backpacking school series: Thursday, July 23, 2020 – Footwear: To paraphrase a familiar adage, “The thrill of victory, or the agony of de Feet” The three most important things about choosing footwear are: the fit, the fit, and the fit. But there are other important factors to consider as well. We’ll cover hiking boots, hiking shoes, trail runners, water shoes, and socks in this session. You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Jul 23,[masked]:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvceyrrTIjHNWcV4PhY4iAcB0Zl4QBwxXX After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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