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The Planet
Get Out, Get Active
By Vicky Hoover, Activist Outings Chair

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The Sierra Club's outings program was started in 1901 to inspire people to help protect the nation's wildlands. National activist outings go a step further by training participants to become advocates for wilderness preservation.

In 2003 the Sierra Club is offering six national activist outings, each linked to the Sierra Club's Wildlands campaign.

For a trip brochure and application form, call the Outings Department at (415) 977-5522 or visit http://www.sierraclub.org/outings. For more information, contact Vicky Hoover at (415) 977-5527 or vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org. Partial scholarships are available.

Nevada's Magnificent Mojave
March 16-23. Trip #03010A. $450.
This van-supported car-camping trip visits desert mountains and colorful canyons in southern Nevada that have just been designated as wilderness. Leader Vicky Hoover also takes you to areas that need continued advocacy.

Who Let the Bears Out?
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
June 1-7. Trip #03101A. $625.
Learn about bear biology, lore, and management in this backpack trip to Greater Yellowstone. Study black bears and grizzlies in Yellowstone's Northern Range with leader Roger Grissette.

Southeast Alaska Treasure Hunt:
Tongass National Forest
July 18-28. Trip #03102A. $1,895.
Wander by ferry, van, kayak, and on foot along the fjords and islands of America's largest national forest. Leader Tom McNicholas will highlight threats to the Tongass, with a special focus on Prince of Wales Island.

Frogs and Fish:
Inyo National Forest, California
July 27-Aug. 1. Trip #03103A. $495.
Humphreys Basin in the central High Sierra is the backdrop for this mule-supported base camp trip lead by Cal and Letty French. Learn about the link between native yellow-legged frogs and non-native trout from biologist Roland Knapp.

Searching for the Saber-Toothed Salmon:
The Wild and Rugged Owyhee Canyonlands in Idaho
September 20-27. Trip #02104A. $425.
Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada share this unique high-desert ecoregion, a vast network of remote river canyons and plateaus. Join leader Rebecca Mirsky and learn about a new conservation campaign to preserve the Owyhee Canyonlands.

Chasing the Golden Aspens:
Mountain Biking in Eastern Utah
October 4-11. Trip #03105A. $425.
Cycle and hike through the La Sal and Abajo Mountains in Utah. Led by Vicky Hoover and Jim Catlin, the trip includes moderate vehicle-supported mountain biking leading to broad views over slickrock canyons.


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