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SUN. SEPT. 14, 9:30 AM - DAY HIKE AT DOGWOOD CANYON - AUDUBON CENTER AT CEDAR HILL. Enjoy a hike on a trail voted best nature walk 2013. There are two trails: the canyon floor trail, a half mile round trip and a one and a half mile loop trail. We will walk both of them. No dogs are allowed on the grounds, unless service dogs. The Audubon Center is south of I- 20. Take the Belt-line Road (FM1382) exit, turn south toward Cedar Hill State Park. Entrance to Audubon Center is a half mile further on the right. MARY GOODMAN is the hike leader. Contact @ 817 300 7982 or Larry-goodman@sbcglobal.net. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

WED. SEPT. 17 - GENERAL MEETING. Dale Edelbaum of the Dallas Sierra Club will share stories and photos of his 17-day dory boat trip down the Grand Canyon, covering 221 miles from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek. Along the way, the river ranged from smooth drifting to enormous rapids. Dale camped along the river and hiked many side canyons. His pictures are enchanting and set to music. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!

SAT. SEPT. 20 - TRINITY TRASH BASH - Join us for the 23rd Annual Trinity River Trash Bash on Saturday, September 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Meet at the TRWD-Cold Springs Trailhead, Whirlybird Way, Fort Worth, TX. Please RSVP to John MacFarlane at 817-944-2086 or zedthecat@gmail.com. http://www.trwd.com/TrinityTrashBash

SUN. SEPT. 21 - 3:00 - OUTINGS MEETING AT BACKWOODS, located at 2727 W. 7th St. in Fort Worth, near Montgomery Plaza. Meet with fellow Sierrans and plan some great outings for fall and winter. After the meeting we will continue the fun and fellowship at a local, nearby restaurant.

SAT. SEPT. 27, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM - OUTINGS LEADER TRAINING and CPR/FIRST AID Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX. Like to hike and camp? The Fort Worth Sierra Club needs more leaders for day hikes and camping trips. No special skills required except willingness to plan and lead day hikes or overnight camping trips and attend training class. Class will include explanation of leading day hikes and overnight camping trips for the Sierra Club as well as first aid and CPR. For more information or to register for class contact NANCY MCVEAN - nancymcvean@gmail.com. Or 817-596-5209. Cost for class - $45.00. Please register ASAP!

OCTOBER 10 - 12 - PURTIS CREEK STATE PARK CAR CAMPING
Continuing our program of visiting nearby state parks, please join us for a weekend of camping at Purtis Creek State Park, which is only 95 miles southeast of Fort Worth and only 1 1/2 hours driving time. Check out the park website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/stateparks/purtiscreek. There is fishing, canoeing and kayaking at the lake, several nice hikes, and nearby Texas State Fisheries Center. A Sunday option is a trip on the Texas State Railroad from Palestine to Rusk. You can camp with us both Friday and Saturday or join us by 10 AM on Saturday for a morning hike. There is limited campsite availability. It is recommended that you reserve a water and electric site (north and south loops) at $18 per night, but water sites are available across the lake at $12. Leader approval is required. More detailed information and directions will be emailed to registrants and those requesting. Please contact the leader prior to reserving your campsite.
Leaders - TOLBERT GREENWOOD - 817 455 3302 or tolbertgreenwood@gmail.com and DIANE LANCASTER 817 845 4139 or dianelan@gmail.com

WED. OCT. 15 - GENERAL MEETING. Jim Shermbeck, community organizer and director of Downwinders At Risk, will update our group about the current state of affairs on air quality in DFW and the proposals from environmental and concerned citizens to TCEQ on how to fix our nonattainment with the Clean Air Act. Jim and Downwinders at Risk have led the fight against the dirty air created by cement kilns in Midlothian for over 2 decades. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!

OCT. 17-19 CELEBRATE FALL AT BEAVERS BEND STATE PARK WITH THE DALLAS SIERRA CLUB. This fall outing has been so much fun it's turned into an annual event. Join us October 17-19 to enjoy the scenic beauty and fall colors of Beavers Bend State Park in southeast Oklahoma. Our group complex offers your choice of rustic cabins or tent camping on the grassy lawn or by the river. Amenities include a dining hall with kitchen, stone fireplace and yes, even a bath house with flush toilets and hot showers. Activity options will include group hikes in a variety of lengths, special interest hikes (outdoor photography, birding, local nature with a master naturalist to name a few), plus outdoor related mini-clinics for those interested. You're also welcome to be on your own to enjoy the many options offered by the park including hikes, new nature center, museum, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking (rentals available), even a train ride through the forest for those wanting to see it the easy way! Saturday night offers a catered BBQ dinner (optional) and a special performance by actor Lee Stetson portraying John Muir. For details and reservation information see www.dallassierrraclub.org or send email to Lizwico@aol.com. Gather your family and friends - this outing is great for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stages. Plenty of tent space but cabins going fast - sign up soon!

FRI-SUN OCT. 24-26 - CAR CAMPING IN THE WINDING STAIR AREA IN OKLAHOMA. We’ll try to catch the fall colors in this beautiful part of the Ouachita Mountains this weekend. On Saturday, we will day hike about 10 miles +/- on a loop trail in the Horse Thief Springs ar. The hike will be downhill into the Holson Valley in the morning, and uphill back to the cars in the afternoon. The day hike includes about 1900 feet of elevation change. There will also be short day hike on Sunday morning before heading home. Because of the length and terrain of the day hike, this trip is rated as strenuous. Note that the camp site is semi-primitive and has no water. Contact the leader to sign up and requires approval by leader due to strenuous nature of hike. Participation in this trip requires day hiking with group. Leader: Claudia Blalock, claudia.blalock@att.net and coleader: Marcos Jorge

How Our Outings Work

The Sierra Club has almost 800,000 members and part of our mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth. Our volunteer-run outings program supports the Sierra Club’s conservation mission by connecting people with the natural world and with the Club. We follow the example of John Muir, the father of our National Park System and Sierra Club founder, who led others to these wild spaces. By taking others on Sierra Club outings, we hope to impart our love of these special places and a commitment to protect them.

The Greater Fort Worth Sierra Club offers many types of outings (trips) to local areas as well as to surrounding states. Outings may be as short as several hours to a multi-day trip. The types of outings may include urban day hikes, bicycle rides, canoe trips, wilderness backpacks, sea kayak tours or overnight car camping in established campgrounds such as a state park. Our leaders volunteer their time to receive training, plan trips, and to lead these outings. These outings are not-for-profit and support the mission of the Sierra Club. All Sierra Club trips are conducted in accordance with the National Sierra Club Outing Program.

Our outings are open to members and nonmembers. A list of upcoming outings is provided above and includes pertinent information about each event and a contact person for the event. Most trips require pre-registration and leader approval as indicated in their description. Other outings such as many day hikes do not require prior approval or registration; you just show up. Please contact the leader for details about each trip.

PLEASE NOTE: All participants on Sierra Club Outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and a liability waiver must be signed by the parent or guardian. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate on an Outing, please go to: http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/, or contact the Outings Department at (415) 977-5528 for a printed version.

Also, it is noted that Outings Leaders may limit the number of participants on a trip, and may choose to screen potential participants for experience, conditioning, and suitability for participation. The Outings Leaders' decisions are final. Depending on the strenuous nature of the trip, not all interested people have the necessary skills and conditioning to have an enjoyable trip.

Each outing officially begins at the trailhead. The trip leader cannot assign carpooling for trip participants, but may help to coordinate ridesharing. Some outings to state/national parks or wilderness areas may require an entrance and/or camping fee; each participant will be responsible for paying his own expenses. No radios or firearms are allowed. Pets are not allowed unless indicated in the trip description.

The Fort Worth Sierra Club does not provide camping equipment such as tents, clothing, backpacks or watercraft for any outing. Each participant is responsible for providing his own equipment. The trip leader will provide details about the equipment and supplies needed for each outing. (provide links to list of equipment). Classes such as map reading and compass instruction, beginner backpacking, and canoeing may be offered by the Outings Committee or listed in our publications to assist members in increasing their outdoor skills. All Fort Worth Sierra Club outings encourage and practice “leave no trace” and low impact to the environment outdoor practices.

In general, overnight trips or outings to wilderness areas are usually limited to approximately 12 persons and require reservations. This small number helps to minimize our impact to wilderness areas and to provide better opportunities for fellowship. If you must cancel, inform the leader as soon as possible. Urban day hikes are usually not limited to 12 persons.

If you have questions about the Fort Worth Sierra Club Outings Program or wish to become an outings leader, contact the chairperson at 817-924-6242.