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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+)

Hike a Portion of the Eastern Line of the Civil War Defenses of Washington

The Civil War Defenses of Washington are a string of forts constructed by the Union Army on the high points of a ridge circling around Washington, DC to protect the nation’s capital from invasion by the Confederates during the American Civil War. Over time, many fort sites have been acquired by federal and local governments and preserved as park land.

This 8-mile hike with 500 feet of elevation change is along the eastern line of the Defenses of Washington from Fort Mahan to Anacostia. Some forts were destroyed, but most just deteriorated over time. Earthen embankments remain at Fort Dupont and Fort Davis, the forts somewhat protected by trees and undergrowth. From Fort Stanton, there is a spectacular view of Washington, DC.


Meet in Fort Mahan Park, southwest corner of Grant Street and 42nd Street NE (.2 miles east of the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station). End at Anacostia Metro Station.

Wear hiking boots or trail shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring water, lunch, and a face mask.

To meet the group, take Metro to Minnesota Avenue Station and walk to Fort Mahan Park. At the end of the outing, take Metro from Anacostia Station. If you drive, park your vehicle on street or in parking garage at Minnesota Avenue Metro Station and at the end of the outing, use Metro or ride share go back to your vehicle.

$2.00 donation to Sierra Club is requested.

Execution of Sierra Club Liability Waiver is required.

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

Capital Crescent hike between Fletchers & Bethesda ODH

4940 Canal Rd NW

Out-and-back, go-at-your-own-pace hike of 10.2 miles on former right-of-way of historic railroad through lovely wooded sections of Northwest DC, with optional indoor lunch stop in Bethesda, MD. Total of 350 feet of elevation climbed on a few hills, at your own pace. https://www.cctrail.org/points_of_interest
This is one in a series of training hikes for the One Day Hike.

Level: Moderate

Meet at Fletcher's Boat House - 4940 Canal Rd, NW
Additional Directions: If there is no room in the first parking lot when you enter, proceed through the tunnel under the canal to a much larger parking lot.
Leaders: Rob Anderson[masked] and Bob Mathis[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:

• "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.


Sequanota Lutheran Conr Center and Camp

Cross-country, snow shoe, or Alpine ski in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania during the day and contra dance at night! Do you have two left feet? Bring both of them because Janine Smith will have you moving to the music of Dave Wiesler, Alexander Mitchell and Mat Clark. Not sure how to cross country ski - no worries, free ski instruction is provided! Lots of fun and prices range from $95 to $300 depending on your accommodations. Masks and proof of vaccinations are required by our host Camp Sequanota. For more information go to https://www.skidance.org or call Bob Mathis at[masked] or email [masked] or Jody Blatt at [masked]

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