About the Sierra Club

About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our millions of members and supporters to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world.


Sierra Club Announces New Executive Director

It is with great excitement that I write to you, as President of the Sierra Club, to share the news that the Board of Directors just voted unanimously in support of Ben Jealous, an experienced civil rights leader, community organizer, coalition builder, and social justice activist, to be our new Executive Director.

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Mission Statement

  • To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
  • To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources;
  • To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

2030 Strategic Vision

The 2030 Strategic Framework provides a vision for the world Sierra Club wants to conserve, protect, and create. This vision is firmly rooted in our Core Values of anti-racism, balance, collaboration, justice, and transformation.

#KeepItInTheGround DC Rally, May 2016

A Diverse Coalition

We work with other partner organizations, nonprofits, and campaigns to build a diverse, inclusive movement that represents today’s American public. We know that environmental issues can’t be separated from social justice—because we all breathe the same air and share the same land. The Sierra Club also works with and supports companies that know strong values are a part of smart business.

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Over 7,500 trained volunteers lead Sierra Club outings across the country and abroad each year.

Enjoying the Outdoors

And we help people enjoy the earth we’re protecting. Each year, Sierra Club volunteers lead over 15,000 trips annually, from extended trips across the world to afternoon hikes not far from home.

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Become a Member

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John Muir at Kings River, 1902

Our Roots

The Sierra Club's first members, including John Muir, were originally focused on the conservation of California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Since then, the Sierra Club has evolved into an organization that works to advance climate solutions and ensure everyone has access to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment.

Explore Our History

The Sierra Club's Board of Directors is elected to serve the membership in deciding policy, conducting governance, and keeping the Club effective in pursuing our key mission to explore, enjoy and protect the planet.

Board of Directors

As the Club's highest governing body, the all volunteer Board of Directors consists of 15 members, five of whom stand for election every year.

Meet the Board

Benjamin Todd "Ben" Jealous was named the seventh executive director of the Sierra Club in November 2022.

Executive Director

Ben Jealous is an experienced civil rights leader, community organizer, coalition builder, and social justice activist,

Meet Ben Jealous

Executive Team

Meet the Executive Team


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