Get Involved

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not." - from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

To get involved:

  • If you are interested in volunteering, contact
  • Discuss environmental issues with elected officials and candidates.  Have you ever wondered why elected officials never talk about the environment?  Perhaps it is because their constituents never talk to them about environmental issues.  Perhaps their constituents never bring them ideas and solutions. 
  • Respond to requests for action that are sent to you via e-mail
  • Write letters to the editor about environmental issues. Tips on Writing a Letter to the Editor
  • Call into talk radio.  Talk Radio Can Be An Environmentalist's Friend
  • Talk to your neighbors and friends about the issues
  • Join rallies
  • Organize rallies, marches, parades, walks, demonstrations (check with city hall for permit requirements)
  • Become active in the local Sierra Club group nearest you
  • Run for public office
  • Support candidates for public office who stand for environmental protection - preserving natural areas, clean water, clean air, and a healthy environment.



The Sierra Club is divided into chapters.  The Iowa Chapter has 8 groups.   These groups offer outings, advocate on local issues, and participate in local events and activities.

Group Map
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Cedar Prairie Group - Waterloo and Cedar Falls Area

Counties: Black Hawk, Buchanan, Bremer, Butler, Grundy, Chickasaw, Hardin

Cedar Wapsie Group - Cedar Rapids and Marion Area

Counties: Linn, Jones, Benton, Tama

Central Iowa Group - Des Moines and Ames Area

Counties: Polk, Dallas, Guthrie, Jasper, Poweshiek, Mahaska, Marion, Warren, Madison, Adair, Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Decatur, Wayne, Union, Ringgold, Appanoose, Story, Boone, Marshall

Eagle View Group - Clinton, IA, and the Quad Cities Area - Group participates in both Iowa and Illinois Chapters

Counties: Scott, Clinton, Muscatine

Iowa City Area Group - Iowa City and Coralville Area

Counties: Johnson, Washington, Iowa, Cedar, Keokuk

Southeast Iowa Group (Formerly the Leopold Group) - Burlington, Fairfield, and Ottumwa Area

Counties: Des Moines, Louisa, Henry, Lee, Van Buren, Jefferson, Davis, Wapello

Northwest Iowa Group - Sioux City, LeMars, Soldier Area

Counties: Woodbury, Monona, Ida, Cherokee, Plymouth, Sioux, Lyon, Osceola, O'Brien, Buena Vista, Sac, Crawford, Harrison

White Pine Group - Dubuque, Decorah, and Elkader Area

Counties: Dubuque, Jackson, Delaware, Clayton, Fayette, Allamakee, Winneshiek, Howard

Council Bluffs Committee - Council Bluffs area

      Counties: Pottawattamie, Carroll, Greene, Shelby, Audubon, Cass, Adams, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont, Page, Taylor


Photo below, hiking on the Raccoon River Park Trail in West Des Moines.  Photo by Ginger Soelberg.

hiking on the Raccoon River Park Trail in West Des Moines


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