Welcome to the Sierra Club Four Lakes Group!
The Sierra Club is a national environmental group based in Oakland, CA. Founded in 1892 by John Muir and others, the Club is America’s oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization. The Sierra Club has separate but related organizations at the national, regional (mostly state) or Chapters, and, in some cases, sub-state entities or Groups which work at the most local level to achieve the mission of the Sierra Club.
The Four Lakes Group is a local, volunteer-led branch of the Sierra Club comprising nine counties in south central Wisconsin and one of six Groups in the Wisconsin Chapter. It is governed by a locally elected Executive Committee and guided by the policies of both the state Wisconsin Chapter and the national Sierra Club, but with local autonomy and resources to work on the issues that matter most to our communities.
The Four Lakes Group area includes over 5,000 members in the counties of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Rock and Sauk. If you do not live in our area, see the Wisconsin Chapter website to find the Group that represents you.
Sierra Club 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.
What does the Four Lakes Group do?
Advocacy - The Four Lakes Group engages, empowers, and mobilizes its members and supporters on priority campaigns and issues that they care about. It is also active in local elections, since change starts at the local level and we can be a part of building a strong legislative base to protect our environment,and communities. Check out our Issues & Advocacy work page to learn more.
Outings & Events - The Sierra Club has always encouraged and supported exploring and enjoying the outdoors. In addition to National and Chapter Outings, the Four Lakes Group hosts activities such as hikes, biking events, camping trips, water sports, group dinners, and potlucks. Check out our Outings & Events Calendar and step out with the Sierra Club! COVID 19 Alert: Sierra Club Outings and activities including meetings have been cancelled our moved to virtual platforms until it is deemed safe for all.
In addition to our Group work, we also help sponsor and work with the Sierra Student Coalition on the UW Madison campus.
Dismantling Racism to Achieve Social, Environmental and Climate Justice - The Sierra Club has started a deliberate journey to ensure that diversity and inclusion are not stand alone initiatives but are woven into all of the work & play of the Sierra Club - campaigns, programs, capcity building and recreation. This is just the beginning of a long journey for the Sierra Club and yes we will make mistakes, but the journey has started and "we aim to transform ourselves and build a healthy, welcoming and sustainable community that celebrates people from all walks of life." -Nellis Kennedy-Howard, Director of the Department of Equity, Inclusion and Justice
Who leads the Four Lakes Group?
The Group is led by locally elected volunteers who serve on anExecutive Committee . All of our activities and issue campaigns are led by local volunteers. Click here to meet our volunteer leaders.
To find out more about the variety of ways you can get involved with the Four Lakes Group, visit the Get Involved page.
To find out more about the conservation and environmental work the Four Lakes Group is doing, visit the Issues & Advocacy page.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteer positions including our leadership team, the Executive Committee, or you have questions about getting involved, you can also contact Dave Blouin, the Four Lakes Group Membership Chair. We have plenty of opportunities to get involved in many different ways, and provide strong volunteer support.
Contact the Four Lakes Group Sierra Club
Sierra Club Four Lakes Group, 754 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703
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