Who we are - What we do

Welcome to the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club! We are an active local group, made up of volunteers dedicated to exploring, preserving and sharing the beauty of our nation's and Tennessee’s wild spaces.

Nationwide, Sierra Club members and supporters are made up of more than 1.3 million people, just like you. We are the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. Come dream, discuss and discover with us. Together we can make a real difference for today and into the future.


We are outdoor enthusiasts, exploring and protecting all that Tennessee has to offer. Together we host group hikes, floats, informative monthly programs and group outings and provide our community with environmental education programs, legislative support, and opportunities to learn from and share our love of the outdoors.

To be added to our e-list and receive a monthly calendar, notices of local activities, issues, meetings and other events, email Sarah.

Click here to RSVP for Sierra Club sponsored Events and Adventures or to see a current calendar. We look forward to meeting you soon! 

Memberships start at just $15 a year.
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Sierra Fall Family Retreat October 23rd thru 25th

  • Join us for a wonderful weekend of spectacular Fall colors, warm afternoons, and cool crisp nights in the great outdoors of Pickett State Park
  • Pickett is located near Jamestown and is adjacent to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
  • Meet old friends and make new ones while experiencing nature at its finest
  • Bring the family – everyone is welcome
  • Weekend activities abound
    • Hikes both days with State Naturalist 
    • Silent auction
    • Saturday evening program on Iceland   
    • Saturday evening campfire with s’mores
    • Gourmet Saturday evening meal prepared by the Gearhardt’s
    • Saturday committee meetings (only if you are interested)
    • Sunday morning business meeting (again, only if you choose to attend)
    • Or, just take off on your own and explore
  • Meals
    • Saturday and Sunday breakfast, Saturday evening meals – included in weekend price
    • Saturday and Sunday lunch – bring your own for the trail or the activity you choose
  • Lodging
    • Dorm style lodging with separate buildings for men, women, and mixed company 
    • Be sure to bring your own bedding, towels, and toiletries (towels are the most often forgotten item)
  • Saturday evening program
    • Iceland as experienced by Meg Robertson and Adelle Wood
    • “Meg and Adelle’s Excellent Adventure” includes beautiful photos, travel stories, and more
  • State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath is true educator of the flora and fauna.  Join him on one or more of the following hikes.  Don’t miss out.


Lake and Island Trails - Saturday 9 AM to Noon 

Part 1 of a 3 part tour of the day trails of Pickett State Park. This includes the heart of the park and is the best way to understand why State Forester Hazard was so enamored with this area in the 1920’s. 

Part 1 will feature the lake and the natural bridge that leads to the Island. You will see how it is possible to canoe around the Island and have a dry walk to the island at the same time. This is an easy 2 miles and we should be done in time to get back to camp for lunch.


Hazard Cave and Natural Bridge Trails    Saturday 2 PM till 5 PM 

Part 2 consists of two loop trails totaling 3 miles of moderate difficulty, and will take us to some of the most extraordinary rock formations in the park, and will feature some interesting flora along the way.


Ridge Trail      Sunday at 10 AM

On Sunday morning we will complete the tour with a very pleasant walk thru the woods with beautiful scenery that is not as popular with the casual visitor. There will interesting rock formations and lovely forest on this 3 mile easy stroll.


  • Weekend pricing structure
    • Adult Early Bird Pricing - $40.  Email received by Friday, October 16th
    • Adult Standard Pricing - $50.  Email received after Friday, October 16th
    • College students - $15
    • Children 15 and under are free
    • Day registration fee (No meals or lodging) - $5 per day 
  • Registration 
    • Email Charlie High at cahigh1722@aol.com or telephone at 615 500-5499 for early bird reservation
    • Voicemail is available
    • Reservations will be confirmed in same form made, if received by October 16, 2015
    • Be sure to specify Vegetarian or Omnivore 
  • Payment due upon arrival


We have an active outings schedule and want you to come along!  Many times our outings are planned too late to be included in this newsletter.  

To check out our outings, please click on the outing of choice at 



Other Activities and Opportunites

Conservation, Forestry, volunteers and helpers for Inner City Outings, In-school Programs, Water Sentinals, Environmental Justice, Symposia and more. 

Click here for a full list.



Executive Committee Members

ChairpersonPenny Brooks
Vice ChairpersonJoy Mayfield
SecretaryCharlie High 
TreasurerJoel Gearhardt
Excom MemberJoel Gearhardt
Excom MemberPenny Brooks
Excom MemberLaura Wiggins
Excom MemberCliff Cockerham
Excom MemberCraig Jervis
Excom MemberJoy Mayfield
Excom MemberLakshmi Kasetty
Excom MemberCharlie High
Excom MemberScott Heflinger

Other Committee and Activities

ConservationScott Heflinger
Conservation Vice-ChairJim RedWine
RecyclingTom Cullen
OutingsCraig Jervis 
ProgramsBetsy Garber
Environmental JusticeCliff Cockerham
Environmental EducationJoy Mayfield