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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
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January Outings: biking and hiking

We have two Outings this month- come and join us!

January 8th: Wekiva Springs SP Hike
Hike this 12 mile loop trail to work off those Holiday goodies. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Sand Lake Parking area in Wekiva Springs State Park. Entrance fee required. Bring lunch and plenty of water. No bugs out this time of year! RSVP: Rodney (321) 436-2349 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (FL Trail Outing)

January 30th: Bike ride to Oakland Nature Preserve

Meet in downtown Winter Gardens in front of the fountain at 10am. We’ll ride 5 miles to Oakland Nature Preserve, home to restored plants and wildlife. With a 3000 foot boardwalk winding through wetlands, this park offers scenic hiking trails. The boardwalk ends at Lake Apopka. Bring lunch for a stop at the pavilion on the lake. If you don’t want to ride your bike, meet us at 10:30am at the preserve. Free event. RSVP: Mary-Slater (407) 481-4398 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Non-members are welcome! FOR OUTINGS: YOU MUST RSVP BY CONTACTING THE TRIP LEADER.

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. sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/.
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.

 
Wildlife festival time!

Winter in Florida is the time for all sorts of wildlife festivals! Sierra Club will have a booth at these festivals, so come to enjoy the day and stop by to say hi to our volunteers! If you’re intersted in volunteering at one of our booths, contact Mary-Slater at (407) 481-4398 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


January 22: Blue Spring Manatee Festival: Valentine Park, West French Avenue, Orange City

The Blue Spring Manatee Festival offers live entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s play area and an environmental conservation displays (Sierra Club will have a booth). The highlight of the day is a free bus ride from the festival to nearby Blue Spring State Park to watch endangered manatees in their natural habitat. Orange City is located in Volusia County just north of Orlando. Take Exit 54 off of I-4 East and follow signs to Blue Spring State Park. Admission is charged.


February 19th: 11th Annual Orlando Wetlands Park Festival

Come and enjoy the Orlando Wetlands Park Festival at the Fort Christmas Historical Park from 9am-3pm. The Wetlands is a 1,650 acre world-renowned example of wetlands engineering providing an oasis for fauna and flora, that polishes excess nutrients from Orlando’s reclaimed wastewater before it is discharged to the St Johns River. Event co-sponsor the Orange Audubon Society will lead guided birdwatching excursions and expert-guided nature photo shoots. The Florida Native Plant Society will lead native plant identification hikes. Wilderness hikes will also be available by the Florida Trail Association.

 
December 2010 Awards

NEW RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 17, 2010
CONTACT: Mary-Slater Linn 407-481-4398   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Orlando, FL: Sierra Club of Central Florida will honor 3 Central Florida leaders at the annual holiday party on December 15th. Honored for their commitment to improving our land, water, air and wildlife are Kariena Veaudry, Executive Director of the Florida Native Plant Society, Tracy McCommon from the non-profit Nature Wise and Jackie Blake, Aide to Orange County Commissioner Linda Steward.

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Naturewise Awards Dinner

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Nature Wise "Defender of the Environment" Awards Dinner

Saturday, March 5, 2011 @ Sonesta Orlando Hotel Downtown, 6-9pm

Featuring the "Environmentalist of the Year" presentation!

Click here to view the flyer.

Click here to view the registration form.

 

 
ICO Camping Trip, Fall 2010

The Fall 2010 ICO Camping Trip was a blast!

Click on the picture to see more images from the trip.

Thanks to all who participated.

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Fall Owl Fest 2010

 

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Fall Owl Fest 2010 flyer

 
Keep Orlando Beautiful

Keep Orlando Beautiful 2010

 

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  View Poster (in PDF format)

 

 

 
TAKE ACTION: PROTECT THE WEKIVA RIVER

       
http://www.centralfloridasierra.org/

TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THE WEKIVA RIVER 

Contact Seminole County Commissioners and urge them to deny this precedent setting request that would allow commercial development, including a bar that sells beer and wine,  that is prohibited in the Wekiva River Protection Area. 

A public hearing will be held on October 26, 2010 in the Seminole County Services Building,1101 E. First Street in Sanford, FL 32771

Urge them to: PROTECT THE RURAL CHARACTER AND NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE WEKIVA RIVER PROTECTION AREA and DENY THE REQUEST FOR A RECREATION LAND USE CHANGE
Recreation is defined within the Seminole Comprehensive Plan as a use that protects the "rural character" and natural resources of the Wekiva River Protection Area.

District 1:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Phone: (407) 665-7215
District 2:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Phone: (407) 665-7205
District 3:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   Phone: (407) 665-7207
District 4:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Phone: (407) 665-7201
District 5:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Phone: (407) 665-7209

 

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December holiday potluck: 12-15

December’s Monthly Event will be The ANNUAL HOLIDAY DINNER: The Sierra Club will hold our annual holiday party at Leu Gardens on Wednesday, December 15, starting at 7 pm. We'll also be giving recognition to Central Florida folks who have provided special effort to help the environment this year.

 

As is the Sierra Club tradition, we invite attendees to bring a dish of your choice. This is a fun opportunity for our guests and members to create their favorite foods and share them with other party-goers. Share your culinary creations! Due to City or Orlando/Leu Gardens rules, no alcohol is allowed. Thus, save your bottle of wine for another time!

 

In addition to bringing a dish of choice, we’re asking attendees to bring their own plates, utensils and cloth napkins. We’ve started a tradition of reusing plates & utensils (we have extra flatware for attendees who forget their own). Together, we can celebrate not only the holiday season but our reduced footprint on our planet, while enjoying the festivities and good company!

 

We'll be at Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL, 32803-1537. Program is from 7 - 8:45 pm, Admission - Free & Open to the Public — Invite Your Friends!

 
November 17th program: native plant rescue

Marge Holt and Jackie Rolly are members of the Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Jackie and Marge will talk about how they are co-chairing salvage operations to relocate Florida native plants from areas to be developed. Jackie is retired and a volunteer with the Oakland Nature Preserve. Marge is Conservation Chair for the Central Florida Sierra Club.

 

November’s  meeting will take place on the 17th at Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL, 32803-1537. Door opens at 6:30 pm w/light snacks & socializing, Program is from 7 - 8:45 pm, Admission is Free & Open to the Public — Invite Your Friends!

 
December outings: biking!

We have two fun outings planned this month! Please join us:

 

December 11th: Holiday Bike Ride through College Park. Meet at 7:00 pm at Orange Cycle on Edgewater Drive and bike for about 2 hours to look at holiday decorations. Be sure to have both a head and tail light for your bike, and wear a helmet. We’ll have cider and cookies at Mary-Slater’s when we are done. RSVP: Mary-Slater 407-481-4398 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


December 18th: Big Tree Park (Longwood) to Spring Hammock Wilderness Area Bike Ride Meet at 10:00 am and bike for approx. 12 miles round trip (paved) from Big Tree Park, through Seminole County Environmental Ed Center, to Spring Hammock Wilderness Area. The Cross Seminole Trail is one of Seminole County’s Showcase Trails because of its length and beauty. It has been designated as part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, a 1300-mile trail running from the Panhandle to the Everglades. We’ll meet at Big Tree Park — a step back into time. You will see natural vegetation and marshlands as you make your way on the boardwalk to “The Senator”, the park’s main attraction- a 3,500 year old Bald Cypress. Meet at: 761 General Hutchison Pkwy, Longwood, 32750 Leader: Mary-Slater: 407-481-4398 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Non-members are welcome! Participants will be asked to sign a standard liability waiver. Contact individual outing leaders with any questions.

 

Also, consider joining us for our Holiday Potluck, which will be held at Leu Gardens, starting at 7 pm on Dec. 15th. See our post on this website about this event for more info. 

 
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