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)

A THOUSAND WORDS (virtual event)

Carderock Recreation Area

(PLEASE IGNORE DATES. OUR "TRAIL PIX" MEETUP RUNS FROM JULY 1 TO JULY 31.) WHAT'S BETTER THAN 1,000 WORDS? A PICTURE, OF COURSE! SO PLEASE SHARE YOUR TRAIL PHOTOS HERE! Just because we can't go on Sierra Club hikes together until at least 9/1, that shouldn't keep YOU from hiking (hopefully socially distancing with masks). So please share your photographs, tips, & anecdotes about your own past & current hikes with your fellow members. (Heck, even pass on some suggestions for hikes you want us to lead in the future and maybe your wishes will be granted!) PHOTOS: Photos taken at any time are acceptable, from pix spotlighting your friends, your families, your pets, your favorite trails, and your fab finds along the way, such as flowers, critters, views, actions shots, etc. FUNNY IS A PLUS! Think of this as a magazine travel story but in photos with a few captions to show why we would also enjoy taking that hike. CAPTIONS: To get around the word limits on Meetup's captions, you can also add comments to your photos or write about your hikes on the DISCUSSIONS section of the Meetup. Please do NOT tag people by name in your photos unless you have their written permission.

Vision Zero in DC and Maryland (a virtual event)

Online event

Leader Daniel Marcin will give a short presentation on Vision Zero, the strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.

Getting Solar Power in Maryland (a virtual event)

Online event

Leader Daniel Marcin will share his experience with rooftop solar and community solar in Maryland.

ONLINE (self-paced) Wilderness First Aid available ALL DAYS NOW through JULY 31!

In your own home, at your own leisure: now you can learn a ton in the online portion of Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid! Fee: $220, which is $55 per person less than what another national school charges for their shorter less-in-depth course. You get a 3-year credit for an in-person class, plus the online learn-now bonus. Here is a sneak peek of the course: https://www.solowfa.com/online-sample.htm This "Blended Learning" format has two parts: Part 1) COURSE TOPICS VIDEOS & SELF-GUIDED PRACTICE portion almost exactly as MEDIC SOLO always presents it. Our instructors just finished recording topic presentations in the latest of disaster and wilderness medical science. Intermixed at several points we guide you to practice various skills. >>> 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. Part 2) A 3-year credit to attend any in-person open-enrollment MEDIC SOLO dtWFA course, to solidify your skills and graduate with SOLO WFA certification. INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/register-SOLO-disaster-wilderness-first-aid-course.htm ~ ~ ~ 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 signed up to learn, 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.

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