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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


March Outings

Mar. 13th: Camp Highlands Hammock SP
One of Florida’s oldest state parks with 9 hiking trails in Sebring. Drive to primitive campsite for a group up to 20, showers available at campground. Fire ring, picnic tables, no running water but available at campground. No electric, no pets. Fee approx: $5.00 Contact Terry Henson: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (Fla. Trail Outing)

Mar. 20th: Kids’ Hike-Katie’s Landing

“Woods to Water” is an activity sponsored by Wekiva Springs Aquatic Preserve at their newest land acquisition, Katie’s Landing, off of SR 46. Join the staff of the park from 9 a.m. to noon on a kids’ interpretive hike that involves hands-on activities in both the water and woods. For more information, contact Marsha Butler at 352-406-1473 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mar. 21: Kayak the Dora Canal
The Dora Canal is just under a mile of pristine “Old Florida” paddling. It’s well shaded with lots of wildlife. In the 1930s, the most well-known waterway in Lake County was called “the most beautiful mile of water in the world.” Lined with towering cypress trees that are draped with Spanish moss, it is a safe haven for nesting ospreys, herons and egrets. In the 1830s, the canal was not only popular for its natural beauty, but because the mile-long connection linked the two important lakes of Dora and Eustis. Bordering the two lakes are the cities of Eustis, Tavares and Mount Dora. Each city sports its own heritage and quaint downtown district. Depart at 10:30 a.m. Directions: From U.S. Highway 441 to Mount Dora, turn west onto Donnelly St. Take Donnelly St. 1.8 miles to Charles Ave. Turn left on Charles Ave. and follow 0.2 mile to Gilbert Park. 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.

Mar. 27th: Econ River Cleanup

Clean-up/Picnic/Fun Paddle at 9:00 am. Where: Econlockhatchee (Econ) River, Middle Section, meeting point on HWY 419 in Chuluota at the Econ River Put-In parking area. Contact Bryan Sims: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 321-604-8024. Not a Sierra Club outing, but we encourage you to volunteer!


Florida Forever Take A Hike

On Feb 20th, 2010 Take a Hike, Florida has 31 participants who hiked to the Econ River as part of a coalition on nonprofits working to ensure Tallahassee funds land acquisition programs."

Native Wildflowers in the Landscape: How to Select, Plan & Establish

Sustainable Landscaping with Florida Native Plants and Wildflowers

A course for horticulture and landscape professionals
offered by the Association of Florida Native Nurseries (AFNN)
in conjunction with the 2010 Florida Wildflower & Garden Festival

12:30-5:00 pm, Friday, March 26, 2010 - Mainstreet Grill, 100 E New York Ave, DeLand FL 32724
Continuing Education Units (CEUS)
ISA: 3 Certified Arborist / 2 BCMA Practice / 3 Municipal Specialist / 1 BCMA Management CEUS 
Fee includes lunch, CEUs, handouts, and break refreshment.
$45 by March 5. $59 after March 5.
$10 discount for AFNN members.
Registration limited to 30 attendees. Act fast: 21 registered as of 2/15/10 
Advance registration required online or by phone: (321) 917-1960

Questions: Cammie Donaldson, AFNN, (321) 917-1960 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Download printable flyer.

Take Action/Osceola County Development Plan on 17,000 Acres
 February 1, 2010

> Dear Osceola Sierra Club Members,
> The Sierra Club Central Florida Group is urging you to
> take action on the following project. Osceola County is
> proposing a 17,000 acre / 26 square mile expansion to the
> urban growth plan called the N.E. Conceptual Master Plan.
> The land is currently owned by the Church of Jesus Christ
> of Latter Day Saints and is located south of the
> Osceola-Orange County line from the Econlockhatchee River
> Swamp and headwaters at the east, Outback Road to the west
> and south of Nova Road. Previously known as The Upper Econ
> Mosiac, this land has been removed from  the state list for acquisition
> as a state forest to provide public recreational
> opportunities, protect wildlife and the ecologically
> sensitive lands of the Econlockhatchee River Swamp, Moss Park,
> and Split Oak Mitigation Bank of Orange and Seminole Counties.
> Residential and commercial growth threatens the large
> expanse of habitat and recreational opportunities of the
> upper Kissimmee Basin.
The Oakland Nature Preserve - 2nd Annual Open House

Spend a day enjoying the beauty of natural Florida as we celebrate the 2nd year of our
Environmental Education Center. The Open House is free to everyone and we encourage you
to bring your family and friends. There will be food, nature lessons, animals, guided hikes
and insect collecting.
For more information
call 407-905-0054 or visit

The History of the Lake Apopka Basin
The History of the Lake Apopka Basin
Presented by:
The Friends of Lake Apopka
Oakland Nature Preserve
Thursday, January 28 - Tanner Hall - 7:00 P.M.
Public is invited at no charge.
February Outings: biking & hiking

Join us for a fun outing this month!

  • Feb. 13: Bike Seminole State Forest
  • Feb. 21: Hike Potts Preserve
  • Feb. 27: Hike Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve- Hampton Tract


For more info, see our Jan/Feb newsletter .
January Outings: hiking, biking, and camping

Join us for a fun outing this month!

  • Jan. 16: Full Moon Hike to Brickyard Slough
  • Jan. 22: Air Potato Roundup in Altamonte Springs
  • Jan. 24: Bike Lake Monroe to DeBary Hall 
  • Jan. 27-Feb. 1: Backpack/Camp in Ocala National Forest


For more info, see our Jan/Feb newsletter .

January Program: An Everglades Providence: a book about Marjory Stoneman Douglas

JANUARY 20, 2010

An Everglades Providence: a book about Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Presented by Jack E. Davis, history professor at the University of Florida

Whether you were recently inspired by the Ken Burn’s latest PBS documentary The National Parks, or whether you have been a life-long explorer and protector of natural areas, something has reawakened and you want to learn more. Arriving just in time to help us out with this desire is history professor at the University of Florida, Jack E. Davis. He has a new book out that captures the amazing life of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a writer and activist best known for her efforts toward protecting the Florida Everglades. An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century is the first comprehensive biography of her extraordinary 108-year life. Davis will fill our evening with inspiring tales and lessons in history of Douglas and of the Everglades.


Join us January 20th at 7:00 pm at Leu Gardens for this event. Admission is free and the public is invited.

2010-01 Newsletter

Our latest edition of the Sierran is now available here !

Inside, find stories about the Green Swamp: its wealth of natural resources, threats to its ecological integrity, and how you can visit it. There's also more, including our upcoming outings, fun educational programs, and info about Sierra's outreach in the Central Florida community. 

Take a look today!

The problem with plastic bags

The Florida Sierra Club Waste Minimization Committee wishes you a Happy Holiday season. Please remember to Bring Your Own Bags every time you shop as your gift to the Earth. Be an environmental trendsetter - the more places you use your own bag and the more people who see, the more it will inspire others to do the same!


The ubiquitous plastic shopping bag, often used once & thrown away, uses up natural resources, consumes energy to manufacture, creates litter, endangers wildlife, adds to landfill waste, impacts human health and takes forever to disappear. Plastic is accumulating at an alarming rate in our oceans - wreaking havoc on wildlife, polluting our beaches and entering our food chain. Our addiction to use-and-toss items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles are a significant contributor to this growing problem. Of the 43 items tracked during Ocean Conservancy’s 2008 International Coastal Cleanup, the top three items of trash found were cigarette butts, plastic bags, and food wrappers/containers.


The cost of manufacturing, transporting, dispensing & disposing of plastic bags is not apparent to the public who think they are getting something for free, and when something is free we tend to take it whether we need it or not.  


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