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 sierramidtn@gmail.com.

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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Interfaith Climate Vigil:

Thursday, December 3, 7:00 p.m.
Belmont United Methodist Church sanctuary
2007 Acklen Avenue, Nashville
At the corner of 21st Avenue South & Acklen Avenue in Hillsboro Village
INTERFAITH LITURGY and witness to the urgent need to reduce climate change globally. Leaders from several faith traditions will offer prayers and readings from sacred texts calling for responsible stewardship of the earth.

AFTER THE VIGIL: there will be a silent candlelight witness on the sidewalk outside the church

PRIOR TO THE VIGIL: The vigil is one of many actions across the U.S. It coordinates with the December United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.  At 6:00 p.m., prior to the vigil on Dec. 3, there will be a computer live connection from Paris for face-to-face dialog with Nashvillians who are there to observe the talks. It will be in Parker Hall, downstairs in the main church building; enter from Acklen Avenue side. 
PARKING: For parking suggestions, go to http://www.belmontumc.org/index.php/guest-and-visitor-information , then select “Click here to see a diagram of other available parking....”
SPONSOR: Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light 
COSPONSORS: The Creation Care Ministry of the Nashville District of the United Methodist Church; The Lay Franciscan Prayer Group of Nashville; Outreach Committee of Belmont United Methodist Church; The Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal Campaign," Tennessee Alliance for Progress 

For more information, contact: Dan Joranko, (615) 430-2455nashvillecreationcare@gmail.com



Global Climate March:

This is the Nashville part of the "Global Climate March" that will be happening in many cities.


We will gather at 10am in Sally Beaman Park (3701 Benham Ave, 37215) -- that's at the corner of Benham and Graybar, just north of the Green Hills Library – for some speeches and music.


After that, at 11am, we will march to Hillsboro Road, centered across the street from the Green Hills Mall, in front of Hillsboro High School, 3812 Hillsboro Road. Then we will march on sidewalks along Hillsboro Road. Bring signs and/or flyers.


More information: Eric Lewis (island.spring@att.net) or Ita Hardesty Mason (itahm@aol.com).


Cosponsored by:

Nashville Peace and Justice Center

Cumberland/Green River Bioregional

NoKXL Nashville

Tennessee Alliance for Progress


December 12, 2015 : 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. – HOLIDAY PARTY! – Wray and Tom have graciously offered to host our holiday party! Bring a dish to share, and your beverage of choice for a pot luck feast at 1116 Arrowhead Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027. New folks are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Betsy at  garberb@hotmail.com or 615 668-1977. 




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. 

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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