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 (4+)

Patuxent Branch Trail Hike (ODH Training #4)

Exxon/Tiger Mart/Wendy’s

• What we'll do
The Hike: Approximately 10.5 miles out-and-back at your own pace on gravel and paved surfaces (possibly a few muddy spots), with an optional extra 1.7-mile loop around Lake Elkhorn in Columbia, MD. In the course of the hike, we’ll cross the last remaining Bollman suspension truss bridge in the US and walk along the scenic Little Patuxent River valley. Also, we’ll once again offer an optional lunch stop at McDonalds next to Lake Elkhorn.

• What to bring
This is winter hiking at its finest: bring a bag lunch or heavy snacks, water, and dress for the weather; warm caps or hats, gloves or mittens, water-resistant footwear with good traction and a dry spare pair of socks are recommended. Since public rest facilities are in short supply, bring extra cash to patronize any business whose facilities you use.

Meet: 9:30 am at Exxon/Tiger Mart/Wendy’s, corner of US 1 and Gorman Road in Savage, MD, via I-95N exit 38A, MD 32 east and then US 1 south to Gorman Road (allow 1 hour from downtown DC). To check whether inclement weather or dangerous trail conditions will cancel this hike, visit this site after 6pm on January 28.

• Important to know
Each person must sign a liability waiver in order to participate. Also, Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings requests a modest donation ($2 per person would be nice) to help defray expenses of our all-volunteer program. You need not be a Sierra Club member to participate, but you may become a member by clicking "Join" on the following site: https://www.sierraclub.org/virginia

ODH: Although open to all, this hike is part of a series of Saturday training hikes leading up to the One Day Hike (ODH)—100 or 50 km along the C&O Canal—on April 23, 2022. (See the calendar for information about other training hikes and the ODH.) For official updates regarding registration and other information, join the ODH discussion group by sending a blank email to onedayhike+[masked] or "Like" us on Facebook. For general information, check out www.onedayhike.org. If you would like to volunteer to help support the ODH, contact Mike Darzi ( [masked] ).

ONLINE (self-paced) Wilderness First Aid available ALL DAYS NOW until Jan 31st!

In your own home, at your own leisure (*anytime* -- not just the date of this event): now you can learn a ton in the online portion of Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid! COURSE TOPICS VIDEOS are almost exactly as MEDIC SOLO always presents them with the latest on disaster and wilderness medical science. Intermixed at several points we guide you to practice various skills.

Choose one of two ways to learn:
A) On-line only- view our 7-hour course at home, do the self-guided practice and receive a certificate of completion. Fee: $105.
This option, more INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/online-course.htm
B) Blended learning-view our 7-hour course at home NOW, and receive a 3-year credit to attend one of our in-person dtWFA classes in order to practice skills learned with one of our seasoned instructors. Upon the successful completion of the in-person class, you will receive a 2-year SOLO WFA certification. Fee: $230.
This option, more INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/blended-learning.htm

Sneak peek at the course:
https://www.solowfa.com/online-sample.htm

Testimonials:
• "Fantastic online program."
• "The quality of teaching and the personality of each instructor was ABSOLUTELY STELLAR. There is a lot more to learning than just the textbook curriculum, especially with medical situations."
• "It was much less stressful having the opportunity to be taught on my own schedule rather than having two intensive days."
• Much appreciation for the ability to click "pause" to take notes and write down questions (which MEDIC will answer), and ability to rewind and replay demonstrations, explanations, etc. -- can't do that in a live class.
• Full transparency, all feedback surveys, unfiltered: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18qcXYJt-CUoLW0hqLtFRmGv7H858iflrq7fguSk6zfM/edit?usp=sharing

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Let's all please do our part to maintain social distancing, and do what we can to prevent problems and treat injured people, so as to reduce demands on hospitals. Exercise outdoors, where allowed, is great to boost your immune system; however we've found many people on trails are not respecting social distancing when passing by. If you decide to go out, when you see someone you'll pass by, please proactively step off trail at least 6 feet. Try to leave no trace as best you can, stepping only on durable surfaces like bare rock when possible. Thanks!

Now is a time when your dtWFA skills may be needed most.
• Hospital beds are filling up and we need to reduce their demand. If with dtWFA skills you treat someone and they no longer need to go to the hospital, fantastic and so helpful in many ways.
• Some parks are seeing their highest-ever mid-week daytime visits. More people are outdoor adventuring and most don't have the skills you're considering learning, and may be in need especially as more first-timers go explore the outdoors.
• Hopefully the following will never happen: fewer EMTs staffing ambulances and thus a call to 911 for medical assistance is less responsive, or outbreaks occur within hospitals and those entire facilities end up being quarantined and unavailable ... leaving it up to dtWFA-trained folks to provide care.

Thank you everyone, for all that you do to strengthen our communities, making disaster and wilderness areas safer for all.

Indian Head Rail Trail (ODH Training Hike #5)

Charlie Wright Park

12-mile out-and-back, go-at-your-own pace hike on a paved trail through mostly forest and wetlands along Mattawoman Creek. The hike will start in the town of Indian Head. Hike east to Milepost 6, just beyond Bumpy Oak Road, turn around and come back.

Meet in Charlie Wright Park parking lot. From Beltway, go south on Rt. 210 for 19 miles to Indian Head. Turn right on Lackey Drive, left on Doctor Mitchell Lane, and park in gravel parking lot on right.

Pink porta-potty in the parking lot and a porta-potty along the trail.

Dress appropriately for the weather and bring water, lunch/snack, and a mask. Execution of a Sierra Club liability waiver is required.

$2/person donation is requested to support SCPRO volunteer-led activities. You need not be a Sierra Club member to participate, but if you'd like to join, go to this link: http://www.sierraclub.org/virginia

Leaders: Russ Norfleet, cell[masked], and Gary Kosciusko, cell[masked].

Trail information: Indian Head Rail Trail | Facility Directory Table List | Charles County, MD (charlescountymd.gov)

ODH: Although open to all, this hike is part of a series of Saturday training hikes leading up to the One Day Hike (ODH)—100 or 50 km along the C&O Canal—on April 23, 2022. (See the event calendar for information about other training hikes and the ODH.) For official updates regarding registration and other information, join the ODH discussion group by sending a blank email to onedayhike+[masked] or "Like" us on Facebook. For general information, check out www.onedayhike.org. If you would like to volunteer to help support the ODH, contact Mike Darzi ( [masked] ).

Abraham Lincoln Birthday Hike On The Tidal Basin And Arlington National Cemetery

Celebrate Abraham Lincoln's Birthday with a hike through Arlington National Cemetery and memorial parks in Washington D.C. Starting at the Columbia Island parking lot overlooking the Pentagon, we cross the Potomac River on the George Mason Memorial Bridge into the Nations Capital. Stopping at the Jefferson Memorial and Martin Luther King Memorial on the Tidal Basin, we visit the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate the birthday of America's 16th president. After crossing back over the Potomac River on Memorial Bridge, we tour Arlington National Cemetery, with stops at the gravesites of John F. Kennedy, Robert Todd Lincoln, Arlington House, and Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. Return back to the cars on the Mount Vernon Trail.
Hiking distance: 8 miles over asphalt walkways. Meet at 10:30 AM at the parking lot of Columbia Island Marina on the southbound lane of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Leader: Glenn Gillis[masked]

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