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Sierra Club and C&NN: a joint commitment to service

Service is a way to demonstrate our commitment to an issue, idea or place.  When we serve, we give our time and effort to make things a little better in our corner of the world.

Why do you serve?

How we answer that question tells us a little something about who we are and what we care about.  That’s why the Sierra Club and our partner the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) are so committed to engaging communities in outdoor service events.  It is by giving of ourselves that we not only honor those who serve our country every day, but we actually help build a foundation for a better future.

Throughout the month of September, Sierra Club’s Serve Outdoors and C&NN’s Serve Outside September (S.O.S.) initiatives are working together to engage people across the nation in service.  From coastal cleanups to youth-led outings to events that honor our service members, such as the Summit for Heroes in the Grand Tetons, participants in both initiatives are demonstrating their commitment to their country, communities, and outdoor spaces. 

Random photos 386_crop “Outdoor Service provides the opportunity for people to connect to their own roots and to each other, to create one family,” says Juan Martinez of the Children & Nature Network.  He also emphasizes the valuable role our outdoor spaces play during these tough economic times.  “The river will not check your FICO score before quenching your thirst. Out there, every day is filled with a chance to make a difference.”

And it is this nation’s youth who are leading the charge to serve our country by cleaning up and preserving the great outdoors for future generations.  The Sierra Club’s Tiffany Saleh feels that “their commitment to their communities, our nation’s heroes, and the environment is inspiring.  It energizes the Sierra Club and strengthens our country.”

So join us this month!  Get outdoors, roll up your sleeves, pull on those work boots and get ready to serve.  Find an event near you or get one going by visiting Sierra Club’s Serve Outdoors or C&NN’s Serve Outside September (S.O.S.).  Together, we will honor those who have served by protecting our wild places for service members, their families, and all Americans to enjoy for years to come. 


Sierra Club’s Serve Outdoors is supported by its youth and outings programs: Building Bridges to the Outdoors, Inner City Outings, Local Outings, Military Families and Veterans Outdoors, Sierra Student Coalition, and Water Sentinels.

C&NN’s Serve Outside September (S.O.S) initiative is supported by their Natural Service, Natural Families, and Natural Leaders Networks in partnership with USFWS, REI, The North Face and the Sierra Club.


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