What we're about

SCPRO is a special activities section of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter that organizes hikes and other events for the general public on behalf of the Sierra Club's Washington, DC chapter and the close-in groups of the Maryland and Virginia Chapters. No Sierra Club membership is necessary to participate. We welcome all people on a variety of outdoor adventures, nature walks, conservation outings, and exploration of our natural and regional history.

http://www.sierraclub.org/virginia/potomac-region-outings (http://www.sierrapotomac.org)

Upcoming events (5+)

Hiking The First Day Of Summer On Cabin John Stream Valley Trail

Cabin John Stream Valley Park Trailhead

Celebrate the first day of summer with a Sierra Club PRO hike along the beautiful Cabin John Stream Valley Park in nearby Montgomery County, Maryland. Starting at Cabin John Park on MacArthur Boulevard in Cabin John, we will hike out-and-back along Cabin John Creek to the Locust Grove Nature Center on Democracy Boulevard. Round trip distance: 11 miles over flat to rolling terrain. Meet at 10:AM at Cabin John Park on MacArthur Boulevard just west of the Cabin John Aqueduct. Optional tour of Glen Echo National Park and post hike lunch at the Glen Echo Irish Brogue. Leader: Glenn Gillis,[masked]

After work urban hike - Klingle Valley Trail

2606 Connecticut Ave NW

Just us for an after-work urban hike ~ our walk will take us from Woodley Park, through the Tregaron Conservancy, the Klingle Valley Trail, and the neighborhood streets in woodley park and adams morgan. We'll be on dirt trails up to 1/3 of the time, sidewalks the rest of the time. WHERE TO MEET: Outside McDonalds near the Woodley Park metro, 2606 Connecticut Ave, NW. HOW LONG: Between 3.5 - 4 miles; approximately 1.5 hours PACE: Moderate to fast pace, between 2.5-3 miles per hour. WHAT TO BRING: Bring water - it's hot out there! DOGS: Leashed dogs are welcome. COST: I'll be asking for a $2 voluntary contribution to help support Sierra Club hike leadership. Information on joining the Sierra Club can be found here (http://www.sierraclub.org/Virginia). CANCELLATION POLICY: Heavy rain or thunderstorms will cancel; if the forecast looks bad, I will email those who have signed up. Check the meet up site before leaving for the hike.

Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid Course

Chancellor Ruritan Club

LEARN HOW to SAVE LIFE and LIMB in an > urban disaster (natural or terrorist) > rural area (not near a hospital) > travel anywhere > wilderness area Spaces are limited, and your spot is not secured until you have fully registered at www.solowfa.com. Please do so now, thanks! OVERVIEW: > No prerequisites > For adults and focused teens > Approved by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Girl Scouts of the USA, American Camping Association (ACA), University of Virginia (100% reimbursement for certain academic employees), and more > 2-year SOLO WFA certification > Counts as recertification for WFA, AWFA, WFR and wilderness part of W-EMT TOPICS: > Beyond the 'golden hour': wilderness/remote travel/disaster-delayed EMS arrival injury challenges and long-term patient care > Patient Assessment System: thorough patient examination, treatment, monitoring, safety, and documentation > Orthopedic Injuries and Treatment: Sprains, Strains, Fractures, and Spinal Cord Management > Circulatory System Form and Function: Heart, Blood, Blood Vessels, Lungs, Brain > Soft Tissue Injuries and Wound Treatment: Contusions, Abrasions, Lacerations, Flap Avulsions, Amputation, Punctures, Impalements, > Bites, Stings, Blisters, Burns, and Infections > Environmental Injuries and Treatment: Cold, Heat, Dehydration and Wilderness Survival > Medical Emergencies and Critical Care: Shock, Allergies, Shortness of Breath, Brain Problems, and Heart Problems > Patient movement: spinal cord precautions and clearing; pre- and post-evacuation treatment > International Travel: preparing & packing for safe travel, problem prevention before and during travel, and identification & treatment of many travel illnesses - presented in a special hand-out for those who indicate interest. WHY: Mired in a disaster zone, travel or rural area far from a hospital, or natural area miles from an access point ... accidents, destructive weather, and terrorism happen, and all-too-often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency. This leads to improper care of the patient, and endangers the entire group. Many recreational are preventable, and improper care of trauma can compound even simple injuries. Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where 911 is overwhelmed or not immediately reachable. In this course, classroom instruction and Q&A are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience - a most powerful learning tool - during scenarios comprise ~50% of class. 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm both days; you come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving confidence. > FEE: $195 for the 2-day dtWFA (note that another org in the region charges $275!)

Ellanor Lawrence Park and Rocky Run Stream Valley Trails Hike

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Come join us for a 6.5 mile historic, scenic hike that includes an 18th century mill, a miller's house outbuildings, pond, stream, etc. We will hike the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and Rocky Run Stream Valley Trails. See details below. PARK ADDRESS: 5040 Walney Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151 DIRECTIONS: https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/vbwt/sites/ellanor-c-lawrence-park-and-the-walney-vistor-center/ Note: Park Entrance from Route 28 to Walney Rd is closed due to construction. Drivers must access Walney Rd from Westfields Blvd, north of the park. TRAIL MAP, PHOTOS AND DETAILS: https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7038345/rocky-run-stream-valley-trail https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7024683/ellanor-c-lawrence-park-loop WHERE TO MEET: Walney Visitor Center parking lot address: 5040 Walney Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151 * NOTE: In case the walney visitor parking lot is full, additional parking is at Ellanor C Lawrence Parking Lot (pond area, .5 mile down walney road from visitor center. See this link: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/5040+Walney+Road,+Chantilly,+VA/''/@38.8573007,-77.4358731,15z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b6444ea059e4eb:0x8fe79619cc936bb!2m2!1d-77.4306669!2d38.8609369!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b6445160569d19:0xe77dc72c67173196!2m2!1d-77.4302006!2d38.8536664!3e0 TIME: 9 AM - 12:30 PM Meet & Greet at 8:50 am. Hike will start at 9:00 am. OUTING DESCRIPTION: We will hike the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and Rocky Run Stream Valley Trails. The trail route is relatively flat and easy. Total mileage will be around 6.5 miles. Along the way we should spot some spring flowers, birds, turtles streams, a pond etc. We will stop for snack/photo breaks, as needed, at different scenic locations. Bathroom is available when visitor center opens at 12PM-5PM on weekends. Portable toilet is accessible in pond area. Entrance is free to all. HIKE SPEED AND LENGTH: 2 to 2.5 miles/hr hiking speed, and the length of the hike is 6.5 miles. WHAT TO BRING: - Water and snacks/lunch; - Comfortable hiking boots/sneakers, and trekking poles (optional); - Hat, sunglasses; - Camera; - Dogs are welcome! CONTACT: For any questions or concerns, please contact hike leader Sophie[masked] or Frank[masked] SCPRO requests a voluntary $2/person donation to support our many volunteer-led activities. Cash only. You can become a Sierra Club member by clicking “Join” on the Virginia Sierra Club’s site http://www.sierraclub.org/virginia.

Past events (927)

Great Splashdown Trails


Photos (9,989)