“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.”---John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club

In celebration of Earth Day this year, the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club is going
back to our John Muir roots by hosting a series of four outings – one every Saturday in
April – where Georgians can learn about the issues we are working on in Georgia. To support the Georgia Chapter’s work on these important issues, a suggested donation of $25 is requested per participant, per trip.  Click the date and the name of the trip for more details and to sign up!

April 7th -  Darby Farms Tour & Potluck

We will walk the property and learn as we go the key differences between factory farms and small sustainable farms, and how we reduce our environmental impact through these ecological practices.  First we'll see the brooders (big mama hen) and the baby chicks, poults and ducklings that are keep warm and dry within (you can hold one!). Then we’ll walk to the compost area where you'll see how we convert bedding and offal into nutrient rich soil. From there, we’ll head down the road to check out the pastured broiler and laying hens, our Great Pyranees puppies, and the pigs in wood glens. Finally, we’ll take a hike along the creek, see some shoals, trout lilys, old growth tress, the bridge overlooking both east and west vistas, and historic graves from the civil war era.  Buy your pastured poultry eggs at the end for $4/dozen or reserve chicken, duck, turkey or pork that will be available in May!

April 14th – Overnight Camp at Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Georgia’s newest state park showcases a spectacular tract of wilderness in northwest Coweta County.  Located in a graceful bend of the Chattahoochee River, right between two of Georgia Power’s coal plants, Plant Yates and Plant Wansley. While we enjoy the five miles of river frontage, we will talk about our Beyond Coal Campaigns efforts to retire these two plants and about Georgia Power’s efforts to stymie solar and wind development in Georgia.

April 21st – Muir's Birthday Hike  

Join fellow Sierrans as we celebrate the birthday of our founder, John Muir, with a walk in the woods of the North Georgia. We’ll explore the Chestatee Wildlife Management area where we’ll take in the beautiful Waters Creek and waterfall, take note of our threatened Hemlocks, observe about both wildlife and fish management, and see nature recovering from a forest fire.

April 28th – Atlanta Streetcar Tour

Come check out the progress of the Atlanta Streetcar, a modern, ADA compliant, electrically-powered transit system on a 2-hour walking tour.  The City of Atlanta has received $47 million from the United States Department of Transportation to construct the project. Construction is now underway, and the system will run for 2.7 miles in the downtown, business, tourism and convention corridor connecting Peachtree Street with Sweet Auburn Avenue. By connecting seamlessly with other rail lines and bicycle routes, the streetcar will allow residents and tourists to get out of their cars and avoid downtown congestion.   The line will run on electricity and will release zero-emissions into downtown Atlanta. And the line's cars will be built using sustainable and recycled materials in a facility that uses renewable energy sources.