Welcome to our Group's New Website

Please be patient as we finish updating the site with latest information. This site is for our members and our local community, and produced by our members. It is an important vehicle to connect with our local community around issues we care deeply about. We are in need of volunteers to help maintain the site and add content. The new site is easy to edit but you can help by just providing content that can be dropped in. If interested in helping and/or contributing content, send a note to Peter Gorr at peter.gorr@illinois.sierraclub.org.

Northwest Cook County Group of the Illinois Sierra Club

The NWCCG is a local group of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. We have approximately 1,500 members in the northwest suburbs of Cook County. The boundaries for our group include: Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bartlett, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Mt Prospect, Palatine, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, South Barrington, Streamwood and Wheeling. We are an all-volunteer Group of caring people who enjoy getting outdoors, learning about how to care for our fragile world, and influencing behavior change through our own actions, effective communication, and advancing positive environmental policies and practices. Please consider joining us on an outing or attending one of our programs or events. When you join Sierra Club, you are automatically made a member of the local Group so please drop in and see the additional benefits we offer.

Upcoming Events - see Events Page

Earth Day 2015 - a true celebration

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Our annual Earth Day Celebration in April at Deer Grove West Forest Preserve in Palatine was the best yet.  The weather could not have been better, the volunteers could not have been more enthusiastic, the food always tastes better outdoors, and we were so honored to have Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth visit along with State Rep Elaine Nekritz and Deputy Superintendent Eileen Figel.   A lot of work was performed, a lot of pizza consumed, and many new friendships formed.  A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped put this event together as well as the generous sponsors.  But don't wait a whole year to get back out at Deer Grove or any of the other forest preserves in the area.  Work continues throughout the year. Look for opportunities at the Cook County Forest Preserve District volunteer web site to see what else is planned.

Date Event More Information
Fri, 05/29/2015 to Sun, 05/31/2015 Beginner's Backpack South Kettle Moraine, WI
9:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hickory Woods Group Campground, Whitewater, WI 53190, USA
Sat, 06/13/2015 Secrets of the IM Canal Bike Ride
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Illinois & Michigan Canal Bike Trail
Thu, 08/06/2015 to Sun, 08/09/2015 Sandbar Canoe Camping on the Wisconsin River
7:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Wisconsin Riverside Resort, Spring Green, WI 53588, USA

CANCELLED Dayhike Moraine Hills State Park with Wildflowers

Alaskan Adventures

CANCELLED Beginners Backpack at South Kettle Moraine State Forest, WI

Spring Hike at the Crabtree Nature Center and Preserve

Bike & Trolley Ride Along The Fox River, East Dundee, IL

Guided Sunset Nature Walk Through Spring Valley Nature Center

AT CAPACITY Hike and Paddle Along the Nippersink Creek at Glacial Park Conservation Area

Solar Social

AT CAPACITY Summer Paddle Down the Lower Fox River

Wisconsin River Canoe Weekend

Deer Grove Sustainability Festival

September Program Meeting

Exploratory Backpacking Trip on the Adventure Hiking Trail in Southern Indiana

NYC – People Climate March

October Program Meeting

Fall hike at the Palos Forest Preserve, Willow Springs, IL

November Program Meeting

December Pot Luck & Holiday Party

Monarch Butterfly Presentation

AT CAPACITY Winter Hike at Starved Rock State Park to see Bald Eagles and Frozen Waterfalls

Spring Valley Nature Center Workday

Cross Country Ski day Moraine Hills State Park

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Update

Environmental Legislation Update

CANCELLED Door County XC Ski Weekend (New Date!!!)

Outings Preview & New Member Welcome Night

Early Bird Advanced-Backpack Shawnee National Forest

Legislative Town Hall Meeting

Wild And Scenic Film Festival

Climate Action 411 Conference

2015 Earth Day Celebration

Wildflower Hike at Crabtree Nature Center

Spring Hike at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Du Page County

May Group Program

Beginner's Backpack South Kettle Moraine, WI

Secrets of the IM Canal Bike Ride

Sandbar Canoe Camping on the Wisconsin River