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Outings Leadership & Training

Becoming a Leader

Getting outdoors is what we love, so is sharing the outdoors with others. Whether you are an expert on your local trail system, or you have an idea for an outing that is not currently offered, or you enjoy sharing your love of the outdoors with youth, you have a reason to lead an outing.

We are always looking for outdoor-savvy, knowledgeable, compassionate people to join as Outings leaders. If that is you, why not become one, yourself?

What to consider when deciding which outing to lead:

  • Amount of time to organize a outing
  • Amount of time on an outing
  • Location
  • Activity on the outing
  • Age, interests, and skill level of participants

We offer three types of programs that you can lead for:

Local Outings - Appreciating the trails close to home is what the 64 local chapters do best. Each state has a Sierra Club chapter (except for California which has 13 chapters) and many states have Sierra Club groups that conduct outings as well. The more than 10,000 local outings per year include everything from evening park walks to weekend day hikes to overnight backpacks. It takes about a month or two to get an outing organized. Click here to learn more about getting involved with Local outings in your state.

Inner City Outings - ICO is a community outreach program that provides safe and fun adventures for about 14,000 youth, disabled individuals and others who have limited access to the outdoors each year. Hundreds of volunteer leaders guide kids on hiking, camping, backpacking, paddling, and sledding outing, as well as environmental service projects, in wilderness areas near their homes. It takes about a month or two to get an outing organized. Click here to learn more about getting involved with ICO.

National and International Outings - Venture farther afield within the US or internationally on one of the more than 300 National/International Outings each year. Our outings offer a range of destinations, activities, and skill levels so that you can choose to repair a trail in New Mexico, kayak with your family in Hawaii, or trek into the Annapurna foothills of Nepal. These are the outings you see in Sierra magazine and take about 9-12 months to organize. Click here to learn more about getting involved with National and International Outings.


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