Welcome to the Northeast Florida Sierra Club!

The Sierra Club is a national organization dedicated to Enjoying, Exploring and Protecting the Planet.  We are the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.

Our local Northeast Florida Group organizes and participates in outdoor adventures, environmental education, and local environmental activities. We also lobby our local and state government for pro-environmental policy and legislation. We have over 1,200 members in Duval, St. Johns, and northeast Clay Counties in Florida.

Programs:
In Jacksonville
, we meet on the second Monday of each month, 7 pm (6:30 for social time).
In Ponte Vedra Beach, we meet on the first Monday of each month, 6:00 pm. 

Outings:
We conduct hikes, kayak trips, and other outdoor activities several times each month.

Check the calendar below or check our Meetup site for program and outing details.

What's Happening

From Mark Ferrulo, Progress Florida:

"You may have heard that legislative session ended earlier this week, with the Florida House abruptly adjourning. Several major pieces of legislation died as a result, including the two dangerous fracking bills we've been fighting against.

However, contrary to what you may have heard, the defeat of these fracking bills is more than just a consequence of parliamentary procedure. The reality is, tremendous public pressure that you helped bring about through petitions, letters, and calls created a number of hurdles that led to the bills' ultimate demise.

HB 1205/SB 1468 would have paved the way for further fracking in Florida by creating a narrow set of regulations. As a result of mounting public pressure, the bill was amended to include a moratorium on fracking during a year-long study. This fig leaf rightly did not please opponents, who continued to fight it at every turn. The bill passed the Florida House on mostly party lines but did not match the senate version, which was facing growing resistance among senators. As a result, when the House adjourned, the bill died.

HB 1209/SB 1582 would have prevented Floridians from knowing what kind of chemicals are being used in the fracking process by creating a public records exemption. A new records exemption like this requires a two-thirds vote in both legislative chambers. Again, thanks to substantial public opposition, the bill died in the House as it was unlikely to achieve a two-thirds vote.

Thank you again for taking action against these dangerous fracking bills. Your voice alongside the hard work of many organizations and activists helped defeat fracking for the third year in a row! Of course, we won't be content with this victory. We'll continue to work for legislation that would ban fracking in Florida in its entirety."

Action Alerts

Smart Energy - Now is a good time to contact your state representative about developing alternative energy sources. See the Take Action section.

Ban Fracking in Florida - Very bad Fracking bills working through the Legislature!. See the Take Action section.

Date Event More Information
Mon, 05/11/2015 Sierra Club Jacksonville Program -- Crosby Sanctuary -- Pete Johnson
6:30 PM

2001 University Boulevard West, Jacksonville, FL
Sat, 05/16/2015 to Sun, 05/17/2015 Hiking, Biking and Kayaking Weekend Getaway on Jekyll Island, GA
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

1197 N Riverview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA
Sat, 05/16/2015 Hiking and Exploring Princess Place Preserve
10:00 AM

2500 Princess Place Road, Palm Coast, FL
Mon, 06/08/2015 Cuba: Effects of Climate Change After the Embargo -- Amanda Hodges
6:30 PM

2001 University Boulevard West, Jacksonville, FL

Weekday Hike in Julington-Durbin Preserve

Hike Gold Head Branch State Park

Kayak Pottsburg Creek

Hike Cedar Point Preserve

Kayak Egan’s Creek at Fernandina Beach

Kayak Thomas Creek

Little Fish, Big Role: Protecting Florida's Forage Fish

Hike Cedar Point (National Park Service)

Hike Princess Place Preserve

Hike in Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

Hike in the Sawmill Slough Preserve

Kayak Pellicer Creek and Faver-Dykes State Park

Hike Hanna Park

Hike Little Talbot Island

Sierra Club Election Night Watch Party

Hike the Jacksonville Arboretum

13th Annual John Muir Family Walk, Yulee, FL

Hike the Trails of the Bayard Conservation Area (John P. Hall Nature Preserve)

Sierra Club Jacksonville Program -- Combined Jax and Ponte Vedra Holiday Celebration

Kayak Trout Creek

Hike Fort Clinch State Park

Ponte Vedra Beach Monthly Program -- Seismic Testing Off Our Northeast Florida Coast

Hike in Guana

Jacksonville Program -- Dredging & the Dolphins of St. Johns River

Ponte Vedra Beach Monthly Program -- Protecting the First Coast with a National Marine Sanctuary

Jacksonville Program -- Osceola National Forest

Kayak Durbin Creek

Hike Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Ponte Vedra Beach Monthly Program -- Cycling and Camping in Iceland

Hike Stokes Landing

Historic Walking Tour of St. Augustine

Gardening for Wildlife -- Jacksonville Garden Club

Sierra Club Outings Leader Information Session

Hike Ravine Gardens State Park

Explore Tree Hill Nature Center

Kayak Deep Creek

Climate Change and Its Effects on Wildlife -- Carolyn Antman

Bike the Palatka to St. Augustine State Trail

John Muir Belated Birthday Hike in Guana

Ponte Vedra Beach Monthly Program -- Visiting Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks

Sierra Club Jacksonville Program -- Crosby Sanctuary -- Pete Johnson

Hiking, Biking and Kayaking Weekend Getaway on Jekyll Island, GA

Hiking and Exploring Princess Place Preserve

Cuba: Effects of Climate Change After the Embargo -- Amanda Hodges