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Sat, Feb 22: Snowshoe the Emma Carlin Trail

Sun, Feb 23: Snowshoe Navarino Nature Center

Sat, March 8:  “Down the Drain” Tour Madison Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant

Sat, April 5: Hike New Glarus Woods State Park

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Outings Calendar

snow shoesThe purpose of our Outings program is to connect people with the natural world and with the Sierra Club by offering diversified, superior, volunteer-run outdoor activities that support our conservation mission.  Sierra Club founder John Muir felt very strongly that the best way to empower to protect the wild places of the earth was to get them out to enjoy them.  To that end, there are many local events available to hike, bike, camp, ski etc., as well as the national & international outings offered.  

Outings are open to all members of the John Muir chapter, regardless of which group is sponsoring the event, and to the general public. You need not be a member to attend most outings.  Note that all outings are subject to change.  PLEASE contact the trip leader ahead of time so they know you are coming and can contact you in case of cancellation or other changes.

River Touring Section's paddling outings calendar

The River Touring Section (RTS) is a sub-group of the John Muir Chapter Sierra Club dedicated to water sports. We encourage you to check out their long list of paddling opportunities!

Upcoming Outing Calendar

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Saturday, April 5: Spring Hike – New Glarus Woods State Park

Join us at 10 a.m. for a 4-to-5 mile spring hike through prairies and forests at New Glarus Woods State Park. The hike is moderate with rolling hills and ravines and a great opportunity to see spring ephemerals just starting to bloom and trees just budding out. Carpooling from Madison meets at 9 a.m. at the western Hill Farms State office parking lot, 4802 Sheboygan Ave. Otherwise, meet at the parking lot off State Hwy 69, 2 miles south of New Glarus at 10 a.m. A State Park sticker is required for cars at New Glarus Woods. Lunch optional at a local Swiss restaurant afterward if interested. Contact David Smith for more info: smithdc75@yahoo.com or 608-233-1210. [4L - Madison area]

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Gaylord Nelson Earth Green Dinner • Tuesday, Apr. 15

Andrew Werthmann has served on the Eau Claire council since 2009, and has sponsored and led many environmental sustainability initiatives within the city, including efforts to reduce the use of paper and plastic bags at local retailers, and protecting our waterways and our health through the Waterways Plan and the Health Chapter of the city’s comprehensive plan. In 2013 he led a successful effort to create the Advisory Commission on Sustainability. 6 PM, First Congregational UCC Church Community Room, 310 Broadway St., Eau Claire. For reservations, contact: Eleanor Wolf: 715-835-4829 or ellewolf1@hotmail.com [CV - Eau Claire area]

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banzo restaurantTuesday, April 15: Cruisin for Cuisine to Banzo

Join us as we visit the East side eatery that grew out of one of Madison's favorite food carts.  Along with its award-winning falafel, Banzo serves up other freshly made Mediterranean dishes, American staples, such as Philly cheesesteak, beef sliders, chicken pitas and plenty of vegetarian options, unique soups and salads that are made daily, and exquisite desserts.  RSVP to lacinda.athen@gmail.com or 608-274-7870 and she will provide the dinner time. [4L - Madison area]

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john muirApril 26: Celebrate Muir’s Birthday, Earth Day, and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Join the WI Friends of John Muir, the Sierra Club, and others to celebrate John Muir’s Birthday, the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and Earth Day on Saturday April 19, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at John Muir Memorial Park, located at N1383 CR-F in Montello.

This multi-location event includes a morning litter clean-up, hike, John Muir exhibit, children’s concert with the Prairie Sands band, birthday cake, and more!

RSVP to let us know you’ll join us for all or part of the celebration today!

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Tuesday, May 13: Night Time Spring – Ice Age Trail, Verona Section #1

6:30 p.m.  The Verona Section #1, near Hwy PD just east of Hwy M,  offers 3-4 mile hike through mostly prairie. If the weather cooperates, we should be hiking with a lovely moon light. Take Hwy PD west toward Hwy M. At the top of the hill, the parking lot is on the south side of PD. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Contact Kathy Mulbrandon for more info. [4L - Madison area]

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Thursday, May 15: Cruisin for Cuisine to Ale Asylum

Join us for dinner and drinks at this social event at Madison’s beloved brewery for some “brewed in sanity”.   Their menu offers apps, salads, pizza and sandwiches, plus a full bar and their own vtasty beers all available indoors or out on their patio, weather permitting.  This should be a great way to kick off the summer season Wisconsin-style, with a burger in one hand and a beer in the other.  RSVP to lacinda.athen@gmail.com or 608-274-7870 and she will provide the dinner time. [4L - Madison area]

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Birds & Blooms Powell Lake Hike • Friday, May 30

Hike and explore the Powell Lake property, a parcel within the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area. We will visit floodplain forest, emergent wetland, and dry mesic prairie. We’ll stop to identify bird, plant, and insect species, and hear a discussion of DNR management strategies. The property was the site of an LCRA workday; volunteers will have a chance to see the fruits of their labor. Location: 1010th St./Fuller Rd. (Dunn - Eau Claire County line). See a Map. Meet at the dead end. 8-10 AM. Bring field guides, camera, snacks, water bottle. Bill Hogseth DNR biologist will lead. [CV - Eau Claire area]

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sierra century bike rideSierra Century Bicycle Tour • Sunday, June 1

7-10 AM Fully supported, 12, 30, 60, 80, or 100 miles bike ride. Start and end at Beaver Creek Reserve. Choose your own pace; sag wagon support. Four rest stops with food and beverage.

Meal available on return to Beaver Creek. Registration $20 by May 24, or $25 up to the day of the ride. Age 16 and below $8. Commemorative T-shirts will be available for $12. The proceeds from the event go toward environmental education grants to area schools.

For more information, and to register, visit our Sierra Century page. [CV - Eau Claire area]

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Wednesday, June 11: Night Time Hike – Ice Age Trail – Verona Section #2 

6:30PM Join us for a 3-4 mile hike on the Ice Age Trail in Verona. This segment will include wooded areas and some kettles. There should be moonlight to hike by. We will probably use a shuttle to make this a one-way hike. Meet at the Park & Ride at Verona Rd and Hwy PB. We will hike to Moraine Prairie Park. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Contact Kathy Mulbrandon for more info. [4L - Madison area]

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Saturday, June 14:  Devil’s Lake State Park Rim Hike

Take the scenic rim hike around both the east and west bluffs that surround Devil’s Lake. Along the way learn about the powerful forces of plate tectonics, volcanism and massive glaciers that shaped the place we call Devil’s Lake over the last 2 billion years. The hiking varies from easy to moderately challenging with some climbing over rocky, steep and potentially slippery trails with an elevation change of about 600 feet. Meet at 10 am at the South Shore parking lot and meet by the concession. Devil’s Lake is – 3 miles south of Baraboo off Hwy 113. Take the S. Lake Rd. entrance off Hwy 113. A state park sticker or day pass is required for cars. Contact Kathy Mulbrandon to RSVP or if you wish to carpool. [4L - Madison area]

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Solstice Paddle & Bike Ride • Wednesday, June 18

(Rain Date Thursday, June 19) Meeting location and time to be determined. For information, contact: Renee Ebel: 715-379-0933 or reneespfe@gmail.com (paddle) Scott Kmetz: 715-864-5440 or mjskmetz@charter.net (bike) [CV - Eau Claire area]

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Rejuvenate Ice Age Trail in the Blue Hills • June 19-28

A mix of trail building and rejuvenation is ongoing during this extended period in the Blue Hills: bridges, boardwalks, signage, mowing, tread work. Come for a day, or come as long as you want; camp at Murphy Flowage. More info and register online. [CV - Eau Claire area]

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Saturday, July 5: Work Outing to Black Earth Prairie

rettenmund prairieJoin a long time Sierran, and Prairie Enthusiast member, Willis Brown on a fun work outing. Bring leather gloves and other gear for being outdoors in the open, including sunscreen, maybe a hat, and liquids to drink. We also recommend leather boots and bug spray. Directions to Black Earth/Rettenmund Prairie (a State Natural Area) are – From Madison take HWY 14 west to Black Earth, Turn L (south) at light (HWY 78), go about 6 blocks and then R onto HWY KP. Go about 1 mile and then L on HWY F. After about 100 yds turn R on Fesenfeld Rd. Back Earth Prairie is on the L just before the first house on the L (1/4 mi?). There is small “parking lot.” Park along the Right side of the Rd.

After the work party, from 9 am to Noon, feel free to stay for an optional prairie tour. And for those who want some variety we could also tour Pleasant Valley Conservancy another State Natural Area is nearby (about 5 miles to the south) and is a spectacular example of prairie/oak savanna/wetland restoration. RSVP to Willis Brown at 608-316-5411. [4L - Madison area]

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Tuesday, July 8: Nighttime Hike – Ice Age Trail Valley View Preserve

6:30 PM Join us for a 3-mile interpretive hike to learn about prairie and woodland vegetation on the Ice Age Trail at the Valley View preserve. We should have a beautiful sunset, and then a nice moonrise. We’ll hike several trail loops and learn from the interpretive signs. Take Mineral Point Rd. ~2.3 miles west of the Beltline, turn left on Pioneer, and then right on Valley View which turns left and becomes Mound View. Go another .5 miles to the kiosk on the right on Mound View Rd. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Contact Kathy Mulbrandon for more info. [4L - Madison area]

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Photographic Workshop • Saturday, July 19 Lake Wissota State Park

Meet at the entry parking lot at 10 AM. We will explore nature and landscape photography in film and digital methods. Additional activities can include a hike and a bike ride. Paul Ebel: 651-335-8759 or paulebel44@yahoo.com; Caryn Treiber: 715-684-9374 or ctreiber@discover-net.net [CV - Eau Claire area]

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July 26-27: Wilderness First Aid Course

This Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is a joint effort between the Sierra Club-Madison Inner City Outings and Wilderness Medical Institute (an institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School). The 2- day course will cover a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel in the outdoors. WMI’s curriculum is unique and includes many advanced topics that other programs leave out such as dislocation reduction, focused spinal assessment and epinephrine administration. In just two days, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This course is ideal for trip leaders, camp staff, and outdoor enthusiasts. For full details on the weekend including lodging and fees,  please see the Registration Form.  If you have further questions, please contact Terri Felton, 608-663-8874 or tfelton@tds.net [4L - Madison area]

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July 26-27: Wilderness First Aid Course

This Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is a joint effort between the Sierra Club-Madison Inner City Outings and Wilderness Medical Institute (an institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School). The 2- day course will cover a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel in the outdoors. WMI’s curriculum is unique and includes many advanced topics that other programs leave out such as dislocation reduction, focused spinal assessment and epinephrine administration. In just two days, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This course is ideal for trip leaders, camp staff, and outdoor enthusiasts. For full details on the weekend including lodging and fees,  please see the Registration Form.  If you have further questions, please contact Terri Felton, 608-663-8874 or tfelton@tds.net [4L - Madison area]

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madison mallards logoThursday, July 31:  Madison Mallards Game & Community Connection

Come one, come all to a fabulous Madison Mallards baseball game – the perfect summer family activity!  The Mallards are partnering with Sierra Club for one of their Community nights, which acts both as a fundraiser, and as a great way to get our message out to the masses.


madison mallards hatYour $15 ticket gets you a seat at the game, a FREE Mallards baseball cap (a $20 value by itself), and supports a donation to the Club.  We have our own section of the stadium, so you’ll get to meet and mingle with other Sierrans from the area.  And perhaps some from afar – as our opponent will be the Kenosha Kingfish, so we’ve invited our fellow Southeast Gateway Group Sierrans to join us for some friendly rivalry!

The game starts at 7:05 pm.  Please and buy your tickets today using this link, and share it with your friends: www.mallardsgroups.com, and input the password “sierra.”

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Thursday, Sept 4: Nighttime Hike – Ice Age Trail University Ridge Golf Course

6:30 PM Join us for a 3-mile hike on a unique section of the Ice Age Trail that goes through a golf course. The hike will begin at the Ice Age Junction, and then go northwest right through the UW golf course. We will probably use a shuttle for cars to make this a one-way hike. Take Hwy PD west toward Hwy M. At the top of the hill, the parking lot is on the south side of PD. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Contact Kathy Mulbrandon for more info. [4L - Madison area]

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Build New Ice Age Trail in Chippewa Co. • Sept. 16-21

Camp Nawakwa will be home as we complete an all-new 1 mile segment of trail, including steep slopes, & wetland structures as well as begin work on a new section near Brunet Island. Free food & camping. Come for all or part of the event. Learn more and register online. Local contacts: Tony Schuster: 715-723-6114 or agsustr@charter.net Richard Smith: 715-967-2164 or chapter@iatchippewa.org [CV - Eau Claire area]

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Parade of Colors Fall Ice Age Trail Hike • Saturday, Oct. 4

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail at the Chippewa Moraine is one of the most spectacular in Wisconsin. Add fall color to sparkling lakes to a cool day, and you have the perfect hike! Hike 6 miles or less (you choose), end at the Interpretive Center and enjoy refreshments. Start between 9 and 11 AM at the Obey Interpretive Center at the Chippewa Moraine, 7 miles east of New Auburn on CTH M. See more details - look for Oct. 04, 2014. Richard Smith: 715-967-2164 or chapter@iatchippewa.org [CV - Eau Claire area]

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black river forestWild Cat Hike, Black River Falls State Forest Hike • Saturday, Oct. 11

We’ll hike the Wild Cat and Norway Pine ski trails. Be prepared for a hilly 6 miles of strenuous climbs, steep downhills, and some awesome overlooks. Following the hike, lunch in Black River Falls. Meet at 8 AM at Gordy’s parking lot on Birch St. to carpool. Take Hwy. 94 south and exit at Millston. Then, east on CTH O, left on N. Settlement Rd., to the Wild Cat parking lot. Eleanor Wolf: 715-835-4829 or ellewolf1@hotmail.com (for carpooling) [CV - Eau Claire area]

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quetico canoe

2014 Canoe Trips to the Boundary Waters and Quetico Provincial Park, Canada

The John Muir Chapter and Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club offer the following trips into the International Boundary Waters Wilderness Area including Quetico Provincial Park. 

There are several trip options, so please see the 2014 Trip Page for details.

 

 

 

 

Outing Sponsor Key

JMC - John Muir Chapter
AL- Algonquin Shores
CV - Chippewa Valley
CR - Coulee Region
4L - Four Lakes Group
FV - Fox Valley

GW - Great Waters
RTS - River Touring Section (site)
SE - SouthEast Gateway
SCVI - St Croix Valley Interstate
WR - Wisconsin River Country

Trip Leader Information

  • Waiver Form - Must be taken on all outings and signed by all participants. After the outing, return to your group Outings Chair to file.   These files are designed to be printed two-sided. The legal print MUST be on the sheet that they sign, even if its on the other side as well.

Outings: Liability Waiver & Carpooling…

In order to participate on one of the Sierra Club's outings, you will need to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to the outing, please see the links above. In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for car-pooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel. “CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.