Catoctin Group

The Sierra Club Catoctin Group encompasses Carroll, Frederick and Washington Counties in Maryland. The geography of the region and the area these counties cover offers many opportunities to explore nature. But it presents a challenge to organizing our over 1,000 members, as it can take up to an hour to travel from Carroll and Washington counties to Frederick City, our historically central meeting place. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, we encourage you to visit our Contact Us page.

Click on the links below for more information about our Group and activities:

Next Monthly Catoctin Group Meeting

When: Sat. Sept. 5, 2015, 10:00am - noon

Where: Thurmont Regional Library (76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont, MD  21788)

Executive Committee/General Meetings are usually held the first Saturday of every month. Location varies. All are welcome, members and non-members alike. Contact Dan Andrews at 410-857-4129 or dooze[@] for exact date, times and location.

Catoctin Trail Hike, Sept. 26

When: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015; start time 8:00am

Description: Join the Sierra Club on an 8.5 mile hike on one of the nicest sections of the Catoctin (Blue) Trail connecting the Frederick Municipal Watershed to Gambrill State Park. We will hike an out-and-back route that descends from the Watershed into Clifford Hollow where the trail meanders along a gentle stream crossing it several times. While in the hollow, we will stop for lunch and a chance to relax in this peaceful streamside setting. This hike is rated on the more difficult side of moderate due to the length and a total elevation gain of 1200 feet. We will meet at the parking area where the Catoctin Trail crosses Hamburg Road in the Frederick Municipal Watershed. A map and detailed directions for getting to the trailhead will be provided on the Sierra Club website as the date approaches. Come on out and enjoy a lovely day in one of the hidden gems of the Frederick Watershed. Check out the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter's Outings Calendar for more information or feel free to e-mail the hike leader with any questions:
Hike Leader: Anthony Iacovelli, Anthony.iacovelli[@]

Scholarship Program

The Catoctin Group of the Maryland State Sierra Club Chapter is proud to sponsor the Maryland Sierra Club John Muir Scholarship Program for High School Seniors enrolled in the Frederick County Catoctin High School Environmental and Conservation Academy.

Mission: The mission of our scholarship program is to assist in the financial support of a first year student to a college or university of their choice in their educational pursuit of a degree preparing them for a lifetime of protecting the wild places on earth, practicing and promoting the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources, educating and enlisting humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment, and using all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Donations: To make a contribution please send your donation to:

Yolanda Andersen, Director of Member Services
Sierra Club
85 Second Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-3441

All checks must be made payable to: The Sierra Club Foundation

Please indicate on the memo line of your check: Catoctin Group Maryland Sierra Club – John Muir Scholarship Program

Donations to the Sierra Club Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.