Through its environmental education programs, the Sierra Club nurtures caring, leadership skills, and critical thinking, and draws people of wide-ranging ethnic groups, cultures, and abilities into efforts to protect our environment.
Using the inspiration of the Club's founding President, John Muir, we can achieve a better understanding of the multi-generational nature of the environmental movement. This is an important antidote to those who criticize environmental education as merely an "ecology fad." The Sierra Club offers a free John Muir Day Study Guide, which helps teachers teach about John Muir as an environmental role model. In addition, the Sierra Club has launched the John Muir Youth Award Program in order to help children to learn about wild places and take action to protect them.
Another way for young people to approach nature is to follow in John Muir's footsteps by keeping a journal of writings and sketches. A Nature Journal provides an opportunity to study the natural world, to grow a deeper relationship with the Earth, to develop a greater awareness and caring for the Earth. Learn more and download a template.
The Sierra Club encourages youth to walk in Muir's footsteps literally as well as figuratively. The Club's Inner City Outings Program (ICO) is a community outreach program that provides low-income, inner city youth with trips to wilderness. For older youth, the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC)
provides an opportunity for youth to become effective, responsible environmental leaders.
At the Club's Yosemite education center, the LeConte Memorial Lodge, we are celebrating 100 years of public education through our new Words for Wilderness program. We encourage you to submit 50 words about wild places online, and in the process learn about John Muir and other people who have cared about the world we live in.
Education is the way personal growth can help make the world a better place. We invite you to learn about other environmental education resources in the Sierrra Club and elsewhere around the world by using the links at the left of this page.
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