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What is the Sierra Club?

The Sierra Club is a conservation organization that conducts outings. The Club’s mission statement is:

“To explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the Earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.”


John Muir and other conservationists founded the Sierra Club in 1892 to preserve and protect the magnificent wildlands of the Sierra Nevada. Muir believed that if you took people to see for themselves America’s beauty, they would work toward preservation and protection. This is still the guiding principle of the Sierra Club’s outings program.

With more than 3,000,000 members and supporters, the Sierra Club is the leader in the American grassroots environmental movement. Sierra Club members work not only to preserve our unspoiled wildlands, but they also protect endangered species and help enact policies so that the air we breathe and the water we drink are safe for future generations.

The national office of the Sierra Club is in Oakland, California. The Club is organized with Chapters that generally correspond to states.  Chapters are further divided into units called Groups.  “Dallas Sierra Club” is technically a Group within the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club.


Outings are open to Sierra Club members and non-members alike. We encourage membership in the Sierra Club by all who support the Club’s, mission to explore, enjoy and protect the natural environment. Annual membership costs as little as $15 and may be purchased or renewed online from this web page. Members receive Sierra magazine monthly and discounts for Dallas Sierra Club classes. Joining automatically makes one a member of the national Sierra Club, the Lone Star Chapter and the Dallas Group (“Dallas Sierra Club”).

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