About Us

The Harvey Broome Group (HBG) is one of five Groups within the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, a national environmental organization with over two million members. Our motto is Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet.

HBG works to protect the natural world via education, advocacy of issues, support of local political candidates who support our goals, by building and joining coalitions, and when necessary, litigation. Also, we seek to enhance appreciation of the outdoors through our outings and programs. We encourage you to join us.

HBG is based in Knoxville, TN, and focuses on the following counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Pickett, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union, Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington.

Our namesake, Harvey Broome (1902-1968), was a founding member of the Wilderness Society and a native of Knoxville TN.

Conservation: We work on a variety of conservation issues that are local, state-wide, and national in scope. Our initiatives range from the nationwide Beyond Coal Campaign that promotes using clean, renewable energy vs. fossil fuels, to stopping mountain top removal coal mining, to local support for expanding Knoxville's greenways, to helping elect environmentally responsible candidates at the local, state and national level, to getting the Little Tennessee River Watershed designated as a native fish conservancy area - and more. See the Issues page for more information and how you can get involved.

Outings: Each year we offer backpack trips, day hikes, canoe/kayak day trips, and a snorkeling adventure - usually around 40 outings per year. Outings are rated Easy, Moderate or Difficult. Also, we lead "urban hikes" in and around Knoxville. Our Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) program actively engages low-income inner city youth and adults in safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences. Our outings are for everyone, whether you’re a Sierra Club member of not.   See the Outings page and calendar for details.

Monthly Programs: Each month we have a free program that is open to everyone. Programs range from educational like "Birds - Listing, Education, and Conservation" by John O'Barr, Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society to "adventure" programs like a recent program by Bill Walker, a hiker, story teller and author, who talked about his adventures on many of the world's famous long-distance hiking trials in a presentation titled "The World's Best Treks Available to the Average Person." See the Programs page and calendar for details. See the Programs Page for details.

We publish a monthly e-Newsletter to keep you up to date on what we’re doing, how you can get involved, and important issues. You don’t have to be a Sierra Club member to receive it. Click the Sign Up button to subscribe.

Our monthly programs are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Our business meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at The Church of the Savior, 934 N. Weisgarber Rd. Knoxville, TN 37909. Both start at 7pm. Both are free and open to the public.