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The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, with over 700,000 members nationwide. These individuals are using grassroots activism and community action to protect America's environment, for our families, for our future.

We are part of the Florida Chapter of the National Sierra Club.  Our group, the Central Florida Sierra Club, comprises over 2,100 members in Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola Counties.   Our goal is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth.  We now invite you to explore and enjoy our web presence.  Thanks for visiting!

~ Marjorie Holt, Executive Committee Chairman


Seminole County Self-Guided Farm Tour
The Seminole County Agriculture Community Welcomes You! This is a self-guided tour. Please drive carefully and bring your friends and family. You may come to one stop or all six. Come see a sample of Seminole County's $465 million agriculture industry. For registration, please call 407-665-5560. Pay at the door - $5 for lunch.
2011-03 Newsletter

The March & April edition of the Sierran newsletter is available here. Inside, find articles on:

  • The history of Earth Day
  • Our 2011 Central FL group goals
  • Mulching
  • Easter and pets
  • Update on the NE Osceola Master Plan
  • Volunteer in the spotlight
  • ...outings, programs, and more!
5th Annual Earth Day

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Enjoy the Serenity and Beauty of Lake Lotus Park

Sunday April 17th 2011, 10:00am – 3:00pm

  • Live Entertainment
  • Kids Crafts
  • Bird Banding
  • Giveaways
  • Speak with Local Experts

Including:  “Breakfast with the Birds” - a guided Park Ranger tour
7:30am – 9:30am
Please call 407-293-8885 to Pre-register

Enjoy a Fun-filled Day with the family learning and exploring our Ecosystem!

Here's a copy of the flyer for you to share with family & friends.

March meeting: Adventure from the Back County: Kayaking in the 10,000 Islands of Florida

Adventure from the Back County: Kayaking in the 10,000 Islands of Florida.

Rodney Posey,an activity leader for the Florida Trail Association, will share photos and stories from a week long kayak adventure during the annual Men Gone Wild trip.  The 10,000 Islands in Everglades National Park is full of wildlife and wildtales. From remote tropical beaches with sharks cruising just offshore to tales of murder at Watson's Place, this presentation will have you entertained about a Florida most people never experience.
All programs are held at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando Florida. For directions to Leu Gardens, visit: opens at 6:15 PM with light snacks and socializing. Programs are from 7:00 – 8:45p.m. A brief discussion of environmental issues preceeds the program. Admission is free, and the public is invited!
April Outings: Hiking and Kayaking

April 3rd: Split Oak Preserve Hike. Meet at 10:00am for a 5 mile hike. This 1,700-acre forest is adjacent to two very picturesque lakes—Lakes Hart and Mary Jane—and also to a very popular county park, Moss Park. It is named for a giant, 200-year old oak tree that was split about 50 years ago and continues to grow today. The habitat here is classic to Central Florida and includes cypress swamps, pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, and marshland. Split Oak Preserve is located in Orange County, SE of the International Airport. Please RSVP to Rodney Posey for meeting instructions: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 321-436-2349 evenings

April 9th: Come out and enjoy a guided hike at Wekiva Springs State Park during Wekiva Festival from 10-2. Hikes are at various times of the day and free.   

April 17th Lake Lotus Park 5th Annual Earth Day Event from 10-3.  Lake Lotus Park is the City of Altamonte Springs nature preserve. Total area is approximately 150 acres, including 120 acres of woods and wetlands. The park contains over one mile of boardwalk, restrooms, playground equipment, picnic pavilions, grills, a fishing dock and an enclosed pavilion that serves as Nature’s Window on the Lake. 1153 Lake Lotus Park Rd, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

April 23: Blue Creek Run Kayak. Bring your kayak (no rentals available) Meet at 10:00am at the Lake George boat ramp for the 4-mile Blue Creek Run (8 miles roundtrip).  We will be exploring the Lake County Blueway and this will be our trial run.  You are welcome to join us as we explore new area but note we have not paddled this before. Paddle from the community of Astor to the St. Johns River. Blue Creek is known for its diverse wildlife. Astor was once a commercial center on the St. Johns River. Citrus from Lake County groves was sent to Astor by rail and then shipped to Jacksonville by steamboats. According to Emmett Peter Jr., author of Lake County, Florida Astor is surrounded by the Ocala National Forest, where man coexists with the black bear, the osprey and the majestic eagle, a world “Created by God and not yet spoiled by man.” Map at: Address: 58300 Lake George Road, Astor, FL 32102 Leader: Mary-Slater Linn 407-481-4398/ This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   Note: This might be a strenuous trip.


Participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. To read the waiver prior to the outing, contact the Outings Department at 415-977-5528 or visit us online at www.
Sierra Club is a Florida Seller of Travel Ref. No. ST37115. CA Seller of Travel CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. 

March Outing: Wilderness Adventures

Join us March 11-13, 2011, as the Florida Trail Association celebrates Wilderness Adventures, a weekend of outdoor skill building, safety awareness and education. The weekend will be filled with exhibits, demonstrations, seminars, interpretive hikes, guest speakers, entertainment, food and hands-on activities guaranteed to satisfy young and old alike. This is an event for all who have an appreciation for the natural wonders of the outdoors.


Location: United Methodist Life Enrichment Center, 4991 Piccolo Rd, Fruitland Park, FL 34731 
Registration is $15.00 per person and children under 18 are free.  Food and camping fees extra.  Register on-line: or call the FTA office at 877-HIKE-FLA to request a registration form. 

Help Back to Nature with a donation


Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge & Education Center

A popular wildlife refuge is facing an uncertain future in the tough economic times.

Appalachian Treasures, a free presentation

02-22-11 Appalachian Treasures - Free slide show presentation
WHEN:  Thursday, February 24 at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Dandelion Communitea Cafe, 618 N Thornton Ave, Orlando

WHO: Hosted by the Sierra Club Central Florida Group and Orange County Environmental Protection Division


WHAT: Appalachian Treasures, a free multi-media presentation about a critical social & environmental justice issue -- mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR) in the mountains of Central Appalachia. Meet the people who are fighting to protect their homes, their families, and the mountains themselves from the irreversible destruction caused by MTR. 

The Rally at the Rivers in Palatka

Senator Lee Constantine will be the keynote speaker. 

Frustrated by Governor Scott's budget cuts that potentially gut the Department of Community Affairs with deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency to include the downsizing of of Florida's semi-autonomous water management districts, Everglades restoration along with a push by lawmakers to repeal mandatory septic tank inspection, environmental advocates are meeting to counter Governor Scott's budget proposal. 




Workshop: Secret Life of Pickles
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Learn the secrets of fresh, brine pickles: you know them as Dill Pickles, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Italian Mixed Vegetables, Borscht, and Pickled Peppers. You will discover there is no better source of daily supplements than found in common vegetables, sea salt and water spun into pickles. You will be amazed how easy it has become to make brine pickles. Great grandmaʼs pickles are back with a new-fashioned kitchen gadget!  For more info, click here to read the flyer .
February Program: Tracy McCommon

Please join us on February 16th for a presentation by Tracy McCommon, the host of Nature Wise TV, which uses the power of television and video to inspire viewers to help preserve Florida and America’s natural environment.


The enticing shapes, brilliant colors and unique sounds produced by native plants, animals and ecosystems are presented on screen in a way that captures viewer’s attention. Tracy has always had a strong passion for conservation and the preservation and protection of native wildlife. She believes that since these animals cannot speak for themselves, they need advocates to seek to understand them, preserve them, and stand-up for their protection. Tracy hopes all who see the “Wildlife Matters” TV programs will get involved in helping to preserve our native Florida.


All programs are held at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando Florida. For directions to Leu Gardens, visit: Door opens at 6:15 PM with light snacks and socializing. Programs are from 7:00 – 8:45p.m. A brief discussion of environmental issues preceeds the program. Admission is free, and the public is invited!

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