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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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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. 

 
November outings: hiking fun!

We plan three fun outings in November:

 

November 13th: Hike at Triple North Ranch meet at 9:30 am in Osceola County near Holopaw. A new 7-mile loop hiking trail, constructed by the Florida Trail association called the Triple N Loop passes through pine flatwoods, oak scrub and scenic hammocks along Crabgrass Creek. Triple N Ranch contains some pristine natural plant communities. Noteworthy are high-quality dry prairie and hydric hammocks and floodplain swamps along Crabgrass Creek. Species such as quail and wild turkey and a host of dry prairie adapted species including the crested caracara, Bachman’s sparrow, Florida sandhill crane live here. The area is 17 miles east of St. Cloud. The entrance off of 1-92 is approximately 3 miles east of the junction of U.S. Highway 1-92 and U.S. Highway 441. Leader: Rodney Posey: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 321-436-2349


November 14th: Hike St. Francis Trail. Meet at 9:00 am. The 8 mile trail terminus is across the road from the River Forest Group Camp, seven miles southwest of DeLand. Loops traverse old fields and pass through an oak hammock and river floodplain. Along the way, you will walk through the ghost town of St. Francis, a historic riverside commerce center. At the turn of the century, St. Francis included a hotel, general store, stable, cottages and homes. Steamboats would unload supplies here on trips down the river from Palatka. Freezes in the winter of 1894-5, damaged citrus. Fires destroyed some of the wooden buildings, and a hurricane in the 1920’s finished the town.
Leader: Rodney Posey: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 321-436-2349

 

November 20th: Moonlight Hike to Brickyard Slough. We’ll hike 4 miles to Brickyard Slough on the St. Johns River. Brickyard Slough Tract is 4,141 acres and located along the shores of Lake Monroe in southwest Volusia County between Osteen and Sanford. The trail passes by a manmade pond before entering a beautiful oak hammock and the flood plains of the St. Johns River. The land was bought by FDOT as mitigation property. Meet at 4 pm and bring dinner. RSVP: Mary-Slater: 407-481-4398 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Free.

 

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

 
Sierra Club election endorsement info
As we're all aware, the political season is upon us, and early voting in Florida is drawing near.

The Central Florida Group has issued a number of endorsements for political office in local, state, and federal elections, as well as for several FL Constitutional amendments. Our organization's rules prohibit us from posting these endorsements directly on our website- however, we will be mailing a paper copy of all our endorsements to our members early next week.

Please note that quite a few more endorsements will be issued before November 2, 2010! We had to strike a balance between getting this information out to our members as quickly as possible, and wanting to have as many endorsements finalized as possible. Unfortunately, this means that the endorsement process is not quite done for some excellent candidates.

Please feel free to check in with us for information about more endorsed candidates before the election. Call: Cecilia Height – Political Committee Chair, 407-657-9582 or Marge Holt – Political Committee Vice Chair, 407-679-6759.

Remember: Mother Nature needs all the help she can get, so a vote for these candidates is a vote for clean water, wildlife habitat and for our families and for our future.
 
Sierra Club Fundraiser this weekend!
Join Sierra Club for a Tour & Drinks at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey! 

On Saturday, October 2nd from 5:00 - 7:30 pm, join Sierra Club for a glass of wine or a beer in the gardens of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.

 

Children are also welcome (kid-friendly drinks will be provided). Silent auction items will be available. This fundraiser is for the Sierra Club Political Action Committee. The cost is $10.00 per person and includes a private tour of the center.

 

The Birds of Prey Center is a rehab center for birds of prey and handles the largest volume of hawks, eagles, owls, falcons and kites east of the Mississippi River! The location is on the shores of Lake Sybelia, and drinks will be served in the gazebo area. A guided tour of the center is included, so bring your camera, for sure!

 

Address: 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751

Pay the $10 at the door, cash/check only.

If you have questions, email Mary-Slater .
 
ACTION ALERT/PROTECT THE FLORIDA BLACK BEAR FROM HUNTING
ACTION ALERT:
PROTECT THE FLORIDA BLACK BEAR FROM HUNTING
SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS BY OCTOBER 1, 2010
The Sierra Club is concerned about aspects of the Draft Plan that could allow for dwindling populations of the Florida Black Bear and the hunting of this threatened species.  We have provided some talking/writing points and links that will allow you to read more on the Management Plan submit your comments.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has opened up its draft Florida Black Bear Management Plan for public review. Unfortunately, embedded in that plan is the intent to "explore hunting as part of Florida's bear management program".  Making matters worse, an out-of-state hunting group has spearheaded a campaign to urge its members to submit comments in favor of hunting bears in Florida. 
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October outings: biking, paddling, & camping
This month, we have three outings scheduled. Come join us! Both Sierra members and non-menbers are welcome; you will be asked to sign a standard liability waiver.

  • Saturday, Oct. 2nd Bike Seminole State Forest
  • Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 16th - 17th Paddle and overnight campout on a Mosquito Lagoon.
  • Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 23th - 24th Backpack Trip to Ocala National Forest.

 

(more details below)

 

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September Outings: biking & kayaking
This month, we have three fun outings scheduled. Come join us! Both Sierra members and non-menbers are welcome; you will be asked to sign a standard liability waiver.

  • Saturday, Sept. 11th Bike ride on Seminole Wekiva Trail.
  • Sunday, Sept. 12th Kayak Silver River.
  • Saturday, Sept. 18th Bike Ride West Orange Trail

 

(more details below)

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October Program: Hydroponic gardening

October’s Monthly Educational Speaker will be Bert Roper from Green Sky Growers in Winter Garden.

 

Bert will be sharing information on Green Sky’s very interesting environmentally friendly growing practices. I have a greenhouse in my backyard, but these guys have it all figured out! The Garden Building/Green Sky Growers will be the first Certified Green building in the world with commercial scale “Aqua-Dynamic Farming” on the rooftop. “Aqua-Dynamic Farming”, Future Growing Tower Systems, and Form Flex Vine Crop Systems along with Conveyor Systems will be discussed. Come learn about the greenest local growers around, how their systems work with the environment as opposed to against it, and where to find these green crops for your own personal consumption!

 

Location: Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803-1537

 

Date/Time: September 15th.Door opens at 6:30 pm with light snacks & socializing. Program is from 7:00 - 8:45 pm.


Admission - Free and Open to the Public — So, Invite Your Friends!
For directions to Leu Gardens visit: www.LeuGardens.org. For more information contact Maria A. at: 321-356-6257 or email.

 
September Program: AmeriCorp Outreach

September’s Monthly Educational Speaker will be Aggie Armstrong.


Aggie is the District 3 AmeriCorp IP Volunteer Outreach Representative. She will be discussing the Ameri-Corp Volunteer Outreach Program and its many opportunities for your involvement!

 

Location: Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803-1537

 

Date/Time: September 15th.Door opens at 6:30 pm with light snacks & socializing. Program is from 7:00 - 8:45 pm.


Admission - Free and Open to the Public — So, Invite Your Friends!
For directions to Leu Gardens visit: www.LeuGardens.org. For more information contact Maria A. at: 321-356-6257 or email.

 
Join Sierra Club for a Tour & Drinks at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

On October 2nd from 5:00 - 7:30 pm, join Sierra Club for a glass of wine or a beer in the gardens of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.

 

Children are also welcome (kid-friendly drinks will be provided). Silent auction items will be available. This fundraiser is for the Sierra Club Political Action Committee. The cost is $10.00 per person and includes a private tour of the center.

 

The Birds of Prey Center is a rehab center for birds of prey and handles the largest volume of hawks, eagles, owls, falcons and kites east of the Mississippi River! The location is on the shores of Lake Sybelia, and drinks will be served in the gazebo area. A guided tour of the center is included, so bring your camera, for sure!

 

Address: 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751

Pay the $10 at the door, cash/check only.

If you have questions, email Mary-Slater .

 
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