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Summer Solstice/Full Moon Gathering
Friday, June 21, 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Ember Park, Riverlights
3704 Watercraft Ferry Ave., Wilmington

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Come join the members and friends of the Cape Fear Sierra Club for some fellowship in the glow of the full moon on one of the longest days of the year. We will meet around the fire pit at Ember Park in the Riverlights development in Wilmington. The park is adjacent to the restaurant, Smoke on the Water. Bring chairs, bug spray, drinks, snacks and, if you choose, something to share. We will sit around the fire pit and socialize as the sun sets over the Cape Fear River. There are a few places to eat or for takeout near Ember Park. Check this website for a list. No agenda - just FUN!

Rain cancels with Saturday, June 22 as the rain date.

Sierra Club Political Training for the 2024 Elections

(Limited to Sierra Club members)

Discussion topics: Why the club created a PAC; How candidates are chosen for endorsement? How money is divided among candidates; Chances for flipping seats; What we can do now to start campaigning ?


Ken has been the chair of the Sierra Club National Political Committee, Chair of the NC Political Committee, and currently serves as a member of the NC Political Committee and as Chair of the WNC Sierra Club Political Committee.

Tuesday June 4, 7:30 pm

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 6:15 pm

Halyburton Park Nature & Events Center

4099 S. 17th St. Wilmington

Ben Jones, MHS, MLA, Coastal Crescent Project Manager

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Ben Jones will introduce his organization, Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and showcase his work planning and building the trail. The presentation will cover the mission and state of the trail as a whole, ongoing regional efforts in Southeastern NC, as well as specific details on their local project at Holly Shelter Game Land where they have helped to acquire 1,600 acres of new land and are planning a substantial improvement and extension of the trail.  

Ben is from Hendersonville, NC and currently lives with his wife and two kids in Cary, NC. He has a background in environmental studies and horticultural science but is currently pursuing his passions as a Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner for the non-profit Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. He works across the state to plan, build, and advocate for new sections of North Carolina's original state trail. Ben is able to bring his skills in science and design to projects and communities that normally wouldn't have access to them and in doing so is creating new recreational and educational opportunities that will far outlive him. Because the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is most "unfinished" in Eastern NC, that is where he does the majority of his work and is excited to use land acquisition and trail development as a tool to help preserve this incredible landscape and improve people's ability to access and appreciate it.

Tuesday, April 23, New start time - 6:15 pm
Halyburton Park Nature & Events Center
4099 S. 17th St. Wilmington
Join us for our next program, where we will be joined by Kaiti Sheehan, Organizer for the NC Conservation Network, as she helps provide background of North Carolina's Carbon Plan and how to take action on the upcoming NC Utilities Commission hearing in Wilmington. 
She will help folks navigate the process and help organize comments for those interested in speaking or submitting online. We can help shape NC's energy future and protect the health and environment of our state.
Free pizza for all attending!
For more in depth information about this important issue, visit the NC Carbon Plan page of the NC Chapter's website.


Cape Fear Group Greenfield Lake Walk

Date and Time: Sat, Apr 13, 2024; 5:15pm

Location: 1739 Burnett Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28401

Join the Cape Fear Sierra Club for a fun filled and informative walk around Greenfield Lake with wildlife photographer, Bryan Putnam. We will meet at the parking lot for the Greenfield Lake Boathouse (1139 Burnett Blvd, Wilmington, NC  28401) at 5:10/5:15pm on Saturday, April 13th for sign-in and a chance to meet Bryan before the walk.  At 5:30pm, we will begin our walk on the 5-mile paved path (paved with roots growing through) around the lake stopping at various points as Bryan points out wildlife or points of interest or areas of concern.  We chose this time right before dusk since this is a good time to view wildlife.   Dusk is at 7:42pm and we need to complete our walk and be back at the parking lot before dark.  The full walk around the Lake is close to 5 miles. For those that may not want to do the full 5-mile loop around the Lake, we will offer the option to head back after 1.5 miles for a total of 3 miles.  Be sure to bring binoculars and a camera. 


All participants must register and sign a waiver.  Please use this link to register:


March 14th tour of UNCW's Recycling center

We still have a few spots available for the outing on March 14th touring UNCW's Recycling center.  It's a very interesting place and there's lots to learn about recycling on campus, as well as what we can do at home. 

Cape Fear Sierra Club Monthly Meeting 

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6:00 pm Free Pizza, 6:30 Program

Halybuton Park 4099 S. 17 St. 

Presentation by Warren Darrell - Natural Solutions to Climate Change

When properly planned and performed, restoration of soil, wetlands, coasts, the ocean, and  forests mitigates climate change and its effects by absorbing atmospheric carbon dioxide and  defending against drought and flood. We’ll visually explore ecosystem restoration in the  Carolinas, Florida, and Central America. 

Presenter Bio: 

Warren Darrell is a mentor for UNCW Environmental Science students and teaches  environmental topics at Osher Lifelong Learning Center - UNCW and Coastal Carolina  University. He is an active volunteer with the Ecologic Development Fund ad the U.S. Cost  Guard Auxiliary. Warren is a registered professional engineer with Masters degrees in  environmental engineering and environmental science.

Cape Fear Sierra Club Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 6:00 pm Free Pizza, 6:30 Program

Halyburton Park 4099 S. 17th St.

Energy Use, Trends, and Issues Including Comments on Nuclear Energy and NC Energy

Presentation by Roger Shew

About Roger Shew

Roger Shew teaches in the Earth and Ocean Sciences and Environmental Sciences Departments at UNCW. His focus is on Geoscience and Environmental Education where he works to consider sustainability (water, energy, ecosystems at the University and in the Community.

Join us for a Hike at Brunswick Nature Park!

When? Saturday, January 20th at 10:00 am

Where? Brunswick Nature Park 2601 River Road SE Winnabow, NC 28479

What? Brunswick Nature Park consists of 911 acres of wilderness that provide a dynamic mix of

vegetation, wildlife, ecosystems, vistas, wetlands and waterways. This land was donated to

Brunswick County in 2004 by the Coastal Land Trust, in order to create a public nature park. It

is open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. Restrooms and porta-potties are in the parking area.

Additional Information:

  • MEET IN THE SECOND PARKING. Look for Jim, Chris or Suzanne and the Sierra Club banner, near restrooms or picnic table.

  • Participants should be prepared to walk on uneven, rooted trails, at a brisk pace through this lovely forest. The two loop trails, Canebrake and Gator, are for both hikers and bikers so we'll be looking out and giving way to bikers; we share the trail.

  • Those wishing to do a shorter walk, may leave the group after 1 loop walk (sign out required). Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and bring water.

  • Optional coffee/hot chocolate in the parking lot afterwards (tailgate).

  • Bring cookies/snacks to share if interested.

  • Sign up will be on MeetUp, however it may not be posted there for a few days.

  • Questions? Contact Suzanne at

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