Outings and Events

How to get Involved

Getting involved is easy! Come out and join us for our next outing or event.

 

Upcoming Events and Outings

Satellite view of Carolina Bay Lakes

OUTING October 21, 2017

Where:  Jones Lake State Park

Leaders:  Dave and JIll Pollock

Description:

We will leave Wilmington and make a short stop at Lock and Dam #1.  Take a 15-20 minute walk on the nature trail and look at the fish arch passage that has been installed to help fish get over the dam.  Then on to Jones Lake State Park where the local staff will give a short presentation on the ecology and geology of the Carolina Bay.  We will then eat a bring-your-own picnic followed by walking the level 4 mile trail around Jones Lake.  The trail moves away from the lake to Longleaf pine savanna ecosystems. 

We expect to finish up at the park around 3pm followed by the 60 minute drive back to Wilmington.

Contact Dave and Jill Pollock:  davepollock@gmail.com

Saturday, April 15th: Ash's Japanese Maple Farm

We will begin with orientation and tour of this hidden gem in Pender County at 10am. 

Following the tour, we will have an optional picnic lunch by the koi pond and Japanese Tea House and afterwards a guided mediation for anyone who chooses to join. 

This event is free but space is limited.                                                                                    

Please contact Nancy at capefearsierraclub@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Saturday, April 22nd at 11 am

 

Where:  Roland-Grise Middle School

            4412 Lake Ave, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403

 

March will start at 11 and end at Hugh MacRae Park at 12 followed by Wilmington Earth Day festivities

from 12 - 6 at the park.

Click here for facebook page

event webpage

Peoples Climate March to Washington, DC

April 29,2017

Thousands of environmentalist and others join to walk together in solidarity for the protection and safety of our environment. 

Buses leave from:

New Bern: click here.

Raleigh: click here.

Greensboroclick here

Chapell Hill:  Click here

Event website

BRUNSWICK NATURE PARK

 

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00PM

Location: Brunswick Nature Park

The Brunswick Nature Park is a 911 acre multi-use area with miles of trails for hiking, horseback and mountain bikes. The park features a canoe launch into Town Creek. Join us for a 3 mile hike/walk. This hike is rated for intermediate hikers. It has areas of uneven footing with exposed roots. It is appropriate for all ages who are up for a brisk walk through a wooded path. The hike is limited to 20 people. Sign up by contacting Dave or Jill Pollock by email at davepollock@gmail.com. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear. No sandals, please. Bring smacks, water bottle, sunscreen, bug repellent, if desired, and a sack lunch if you would like to join us for a picnic after the hike.

Click Here for Information about the park

Past Events and Outings

February 18, 2017  10:00 AM to noon

Outing will be at Lake Waccamaw State Park

RSVP: Ashley Daniels ashleyndaniels@gmail.com

OCTOBER 2, 2016 

Paddle Outing to Greenfield Lake Wilmington, NC

Sunday morning, October 2

Bring your own boat or rent for $10 per hour. The outing will last about 2 hours with an optional lunch to follow.

SPACE IS LIMITED!

For more information, or to sign up contact:

 capefearsierraclub@gmail.com

Meet Our Sierra Club Endorsed Candidates

Join Us for Drinks & Apps

Saturday, July 30th from 6-8 pm

Come Meet, Mingle, and Hear:

Andrew Barnhill ~ NC Senate

Susi Hamilton ~ NC House

New Hanover County Board of Commissioners

Jonathan Barfield

Julia Boseman

Nelson Beaulieu

At the Wilmington home of Connie Parker

To attend the PAC fundraiser, please send an RSVP to capefearsierraclub@gmail.com or by calling (614-296-4410).

       When giving to the NC Sierra Club PAC, your contribution expresses your support for a sustainable balance between economic development and environmental protection.
The money raised will be used to elect candidates that will value and support our NC environment!

       Donations to the Sierra Club PAC are not tax deductible and NC election laws require that only current Sierra Club Members may make a donation to the PAC. Membership is available for as little as $15.  Checks should be made payable to the NC Sierra Club PAC. Contributions by credit card will also be welcomed.

Suggested Levels of Support:

$1000 – Live Oak
$500 – Cypress
$250 – Long Leaf Pine

$100 – Dogwood

$50 – Wax Myrtle

Contributions of any size are appreciated!

Can't Attend the Event but want to support Political Action

Online donations to the PAC Click HERE

Great Grandfather Wilderness Weekend Camporee (G2W2)

FRI, JUN 24 AT 12:00 PM, MORTIMER, NC

By: North Carolina Sierra Chapter

         North Carolina Sierra Chapter Outings leaders have planned a camping/hiking weekend June 24-26 to explore potential wilderness and other areas on the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest. Dubbed the "Great Grandfather Wilderness Weekend Camporee," or G2W2, the group outing will provide multiple opportunities to become familiar with some outstanding wild areas within the Grandfather District. We will be camping near the Mortimer area at a base camp and taking day hikes from there.

        Group dinner of hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers and fixin's on Saturday night is included in the camping cost. Participants will arrange for their own transportation (ride sharing is encouraged) and camping gear. Details will be provided upon registration. Or contact capefearsierraclub@gmail.com for more information.

Unfortunately, tickets are non-refundable.

Conservationists have asked the Forest Service to consider the whole area as a new National Recreation Area with a variety of uses incorporated within. Imbedded in the District are two Congressionally designated Wilderness Study Areas, Lost Cove and Harper Creek created by the 1984 NC Wilderness Bill.

The weekend is planned as a boots-on-the-ground educational experience to engage Sierra Club members and non-members on the exceptional backcountry value and quality of this area, and how they can engage in the currect Pisgah and Nantahala Forest Plan Revision process, the outcome of which could affect how these areas are managed.

 

WHEN

Friday, June 24, 2016 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 12:00 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar

 

WHERE

Mortimer - Mortimer, NC 28611 - View Map

You must Register at EVENTBRITE by Clicking HERE

Lunch and Learn: Clean Energy

June 3rd 12:00-1:00pm

Come out and listen to Dave Pollock our Conservation Chair of the Cape Fear Group of the Sierra Club speak on the topic of clean energy. He is one of the speakers in the summer library series: Lunch and Learn. He will be speaking at the Northeast Branch of New Hanover County Public Library (1241 Military Cutoff Rd.). The lecture will be in the Pine Room so bring your lunch and prepare to learn something new!

 

 

Titan-Free Jamboree

 

       Thanks to everyone that came out to Battleship Park on Sunday to support the Titan-Free Jamboree. The event was held to celebrate Titan America's decision not to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne. The event had live local music by The Clams and Sea Pans along with free food and activities for kids to celebrate the 8 long year fight. 

 

       This event was co-hosted by The Stop Titan Coalition, which includes the North Carolina Coastal Federation, Cape Fear River Watch, Citizens Against Titan, Penderwatch & Conservancy, N.C. Chapter of the Sierra Club, Southern Environmental Law Center and Duke University’s Environmental Law & Policy Clinic.

Photographed at the event: Priss Endo (Co-Chair of the Cape Fear Sierra Club), Zachary Keith (Lead Organizer for the North Carolina Sierra Club), Rob Zapple (County Commissioner), and Mike Giles (Coastal Advocate for the North Carolina Coastal Federation. 

Pictures from the Events

Full Moon Potluck and

Hands Across the Sand Combo Event

May 21, 2016

 

        To express our continued concern over the issue of leasing and drilling offshore in the US and other countries, we’ll join hands for a photo to demonstrate our opposition to dirty fossil fuels extraction. This gathering serves as a celebration in support of the Federal government's decision to ban offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean through 2022 as well as a protest to demonstrate our continued push to permanently protect the Atlantic. This will take place 11:30am at Crystal Pier, Wrightsville Beach.

        Later in the day, we will meet for our annual Full Moon Potluck at Wrightsville Beach Access 4 at 6:00pm. Bring a dish to share, utensils, chairs or blankets, and beverages as we celebrate the victory over offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic and watch as the moon rises for the night.

 

 

 

Meditation at Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden

Friday, May 13, 2016       9:30 AM

 

 

Location: Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden

              3800 Canterbury Road, Wilmington, NC (map)

 

Come see North Carolina's carnivorous plants during the height of their blooming season! 

 

We'll take a short walk and learn about the plants, then settle down for a 20-minute meditation with Jen Johnson, a local mindfulness meditation instructor. 

 

Please dress for the weather, bring along some water and a mat or towel to sit on if you wish. 

 

       Missed the Event?

Here's a picture of pitcher plants in the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden. 

Holly Shelter Game Lands Outing
May 7, 2016  10:00 AM-1:00 PM

 

       Join us for a two mile stroll through a bottomland cypress swamp. A dike provides easy access to the river and the opportunity to see a variety of bird species like the “Golden Swamp Warbler.” River otters have also recently been spotted here.

 
For more information visit:
 
capefearsierraclub@gmail.com
 
To register at Meetup.com
 
Link to Holly Shelter Game Land

         Missed the Event?

Here's a picture of the group exploring Holly Shelter Game Lands. 

 

Cape Fear Sierra Club will be tabling at two locations during Earth Day weekend.

 

Friday April 22nd at UNCW, 10:00 to 1:00 "Our Green Future"

 

Saturday April 23rd at Wilmington Earth Day Festival - 12:00 to 6:00, Hugh McCrae Park

 

 

  A.R.T. (Adaptive Reuse Tour) Downtown Wilmington

       Wilmington's downtown is home to 300 years of history.  The history and future rely on the Adaptive Reuse of buldings to keep the history alive, but allow for new uses.  This gives new life to historic buildings and keeps materials out of landfills.

       This 3 mile round trip walk is scheduled for April 24th, 2016 at 2pm.  We will meet in the parking lot at Dram Tree Park at the corner of Castle and Surrey Streets.

        This spot is near Waterline Brewery, which is a great case of Adaptive Reuse.  All are welcome to stop for a refreshing beverage at the end of the walk.
For more information or to sign up contact: capefearsierraclub@gmail.com