Recent Wednesday Hikes
Issues That Concern Us

Contribute to the Sierra Club when Buying from amazon.com
The Angeles Chapter joined Amazon Affiliates in November. This is a passive fundraiser that allows our supporters to make their shopping dollars benefit the Angeles Chapter. Simply access Amazon through our special link (http://angeles.sierraclub.org/amazon), a page you will want to bookmark, and login to your existing Amazon account as you normally would. 4-10% of the purchase price is given to the Angeles Chapter.

Fracking in Orange County
Somewhat under the radar, the Signal Hill Petroleum Company is obtaining permits to conduct geophysical surveys that could help identify new oil reserves in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Westminster, Garden Grove, Stanton, Cypress and Buena Park and has also received a permit from the county. These surveys may be the first step in a process ultimately leading to fracking, an environmentally fraught technique. Since Signal Hill's permitting process is somewhat opaque, citizens need to keep a close eye on these developments and get involved. Read more about this issue in Voice of OC, an online publication NOT associated with the Sierra Club.





Orange County Group Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 9, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Emergencies and Survival in the Wilderness
Join us for this fun and informative evening series of monthly classes at REI in Tustin as we will be discussing subjects such as day hiking, backpacking, navigation, first aid, stoves, cooking and meal planning, sleeping and sheltering, emergencies and survival, gear selection, and more. All courses will be taught by experienced Sierra Club Outing Leaders. This topic will cover weather related emergencies, common injuries, navigation, what to do if you get lost, how to refind your location/direction of travel, when to create an emergency shelter, how to emergency bivouac if you need help and canít make it out, how to get help, search and rescue, when to start a fire, the use of the 10 'plus' essentials, wild animals, how to get more water and more. The instructors for this session will be Todd Clark and former WTC instructor Joe Harvey. Information will be available about upcoming hikes and events. Come and invest an hour or two of time. It might be the best investment that you have ever made. There is no charge for the course. Directions: From the 5 freeway in Tustin, exit at Jamboree Road and head North (towards the mountains), make the first left into the mall parking lot, and the store will be on your immediate left. Online egistration required before April 7, 2014 7:00 AM

Saturday, April 12: Leadership Training Program
The Leadership Training Program can prepare you to lead Angeles Chapter outings. Whatever your passion -- biking, climbing, hiking, photography, rafting, sailing, skiing, and much, much more -- the LTP is your gateway to leading groups of folks who share your passion. You can sign up today! Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Pasadena. E-mail Steve Botan for information. Sign up for the Seminar with the LTP Application..


Weekend of April 12 - 13: Urban Conservation Walks
Join us the weekend of April 12-13 as we explore the Newport Back Bay in Newport Beach and Bolsa Chica Bay in Huntington Beach. These yearly conservation walks scheduled for the spring have presented a number of unique environments in the local Orange County area. This year we will focus on the Newport Back Bay on Saturday, April 12th. The first walk will proceed along Back Bay Dr. for some close up views of the migratory water fowl. This walk will be followed by a walk on the west side and a visit to the Muth Center.
On Sunday we will explore Bolsa Chica wetlands along PCH in Huntington Beach. We will begin with a longer walk thru the old and new sections of this local wetland followed by a bluffs walk that presents a great overview of the wetlands complex.Plan on joining us for this weekend of discovery in Orange County. For additional information contact the leader Ron Schrantz at schrantzsce@yahoo.com


Monday, April 14: Newcomer/Member Information Event - 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Come and discover the Sierra Club. Meet with representatives from these groups:

Learn all about the Sierra Club and the many activities and adventure opportunities. Table displays, exhibits, refreshments. Join Sierra Club $15 Special Offer, free gift. Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue, Costa Mesa. Contact info: Donna Specht.

Saturday, April 26: Earth Day at the Bay The Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) is presenting the 24th annual Earth Day at the Bay on Saturday, April 26th. This is a neighborly event that is fun for the entire family. The event takes place at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center within the Orange County Parkís Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. The address is 2301 University Dr. Newport Beach (at Irvine Ave. across from the YMCA). The event runs from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is free. Food will be available for purchase from The Burnt Truck, Tamarindo and Front Porch Pops.
Earth Day is a time when we can all reflect on the importance of our natural surroundings and how we can preserve and protect them. This Earth Day event features many exhibits and booths designed to help us connect with the natural world and help preserve it for future generations.
The exhibitors include environmental organizations like Sierra Club, Sea and Sage Audubon, the Environmental Nature Center, the American Cetacean Society and many more. The Orange County Bird of Prey organization will display live raptors and demonstrate their importance to the ecology of the area. The California Coastal Commission will display and offer for sale plants native to the Orange County area. There will be several childrenís arts and crafts activity booths including Inside the Outdoors. Live music will be part of the entertainment.
There will be a scavenger hunt where families can visit several booths and get an answer to a nature question. Those who complete the hunt will be awarded a small prize and be entered into a drawing for more prizes. There will also be an Opportunity Drawing for great prizes from local merchants.

Monday, May 12: Newcomer/Member Information Event - 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Come and discover the Sierra Club. Meet with representatives from these groups:

  • Orange County Group: with about 5'000 members the largest Sierra Club unit in Southern California
  • Sierra Sage: serving the communities south of the Newport freeway
  • Sierra Singles: oriented more towards social and active outings for singles (and couples)
  • Wilderness Travel Course: For over 20 years, the Wilderness Travel Course (WTC) has prepared students for unforgettable wilderness experiences. Because instruction is dependent upon ideal desert and snow conditions, WTC is offered just once a year.
  • Hundred Peaks Section: If you think Southern California is all shopping malls, freeways and theme parks ... then why don't you take a hike with us!
  • Mule Packs: If you love being in the Sierra, you'll love mule pack trips! All the joys of backpacking and more without carrying a pack!
Learn all about the Sierra Club and the many activities and adventure opportunities. Table displays, exhibits, refreshments. Join Sierra Club $15 Special Offer, free gift. Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue, Costa Mesa. Contact info: Donna Specht.

Monday, August 11: Newcomer/Member Information Event - 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Come and discover the Sierra Club. Meet with representatives from these groups:

  • Orange County Group: with about 5'000 members the largest Sierra Club unit in Southern California
  • Sierra Sage: serving the communities south of the Newport freeway
  • Sierra Singles: oriented more towards social and active outings for singles (and couples)
  • Wilderness Travel Course: For over 20 years, the Wilderness Travel Course (WTC) has prepared students for unforgettable wilderness experiences. Because instruction is dependent upon ideal desert and snow conditions, WTC is offered just once a year.
  • Hundred Peaks Section: If you think Southern California is all shopping malls, freeways and theme parks ... then why don't you take a hike with us!
  • Mule Packs: If you love being in the Sierra, you'll love mule pack trips! All the joys of backpacking and more without carrying a pack!
Learn all about the Sierra Club and the many activities and adventure opportunities. Table displays, exhibits, refreshments. Join Sierra Club $15 Special Offer, free gift. Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue, Costa Mesa. Contact info: Donna Specht.

Monday, September 9: Newcomer/Member Information Event - 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Come and discover the Sierra Club. Meet with representatives from these groups:

  • Orange County Group: with about 5'000 members the largest Sierra Club unit in Southern California
  • Sierra Sage: serving the communities south of the Newport freeway
  • Sierra Singles: oriented more towards social and active outings for singles (and couples)
  • Wilderness Travel Course: For over 20 years, the Wilderness Travel Course (WTC) has prepared students for unforgettable wilderness experiences. Because instruction is dependent upon ideal desert and snow conditions, WTC is offered just once a year.
  • Hundred Peaks Section: If you think Southern California is all shopping malls, freeways and theme parks ... then why don't you take a hike with us!
  • Mule Packs: If you love being in the Sierra, you'll love mule pack trips! All the joys of backpacking and more without carrying a pack!
Learn all about the Sierra Club and the many activities and adventure opportunities. Table displays, exhibits, refreshments. Join Sierra Club $15 Special Offer, free gift.
REI Tustin Marketplace, 2962 El Camino Real, Tustin. Contact info: Donna Specht.