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City Hike: LA Works to Raise Funds and Reduce Waste

Monday, January 13, 2020

On Saturday, September 28th Team Sierra hosted the first-ever Team Sierra City Hike: LA. 115 participants from the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area gathered to hike a collective 500+ miles through Koreatown and Downtown LA, all in the name of clean air. Hikers raised an incredible $27,000 by using Team Sierra's fundraising website to ask friends and family for donations to the Sierra Club on their behalf. Chapter leaders and event organizers took special care to employ zero waste efforts, providing reusable stainless steel Klean Kanteen water bottles, utilizing corn husks as plates at the after-party, and partnering with local retailer EastWest Shop to create upcycled event T-shirts. 

Here's a glimpse into the first-ever Team Sierra City Hike:

Photo Credit: Jenny Muschinske

 City Hike: LA started and ended at the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter offices in Koreatown where participants enjoyed a spectacular view of Downtown LA. 

 Photo Credit: Jessica Dean

State Senator Holly Mitchell stopped by to thank the hikers and address some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the City of Los Angeles and surrounding areas. 

 Photo Credit: Jenny Muschinske

Dedicated chapter leaders and volunteers support zero waste initiatives by distributing Klean Kanteen water bottles and upcycled event T-shirts from EastWest Shop. By using upcycled shirts, Sierra Club saved an estimated 150,000 gallons of water -- or as much water as 2,586 people drink in a year!


Photo Credit: Jacquelyn Nytes

Urban hiker Liz Thomas leads the group in some pre-hike stretches

Hikers set off on two different routes ranging from 3.8 miles to 7.7 miles through Koreatown and Downtown LA with stops at MacArthur Park, Grand Park, Pershing Square, and Vista Hermosa.

Photo Credit: Amelia Tabullo

Photo Credit: Amelia Tabullo

The top fundraising team, The Blister Sisters, raised over $1,300!

 Photo Credit: Alex Slobin

 Photo Credit: Alex Slobin

Earthbar and Le Pain Quotidien in Pershing Square graciously helped fuel the hikers with muffins and smoothies along the way.


Photo Credit: Diana Vitoshka

Students from Los Angeles Trade Technical College hiked and helped out at a support station in Vista Hermosa!

Photo Credit: Diana Vitoshka

 As hikers returned to the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter rooftop, they attended an after-party with music from a solar-powered DJ, information about local Sierra Club happenings, and of course, snacks and drinks!


Photo Credit: Jacquelyn Nytes

Sponsors donated products and raffle prizes for hikers to enjoy at the after-party. 

Photo Credit: Amelia Tabullo

There were tacos! Thanks to Mr. J's Kitcken for supplying delicious tacos and supporting our zero waste efforts by bringing corn husks to use as plates!

Photo Credit: Jacquelyn Nytes

Plush Puffs brought s'mores on a stick!

Photo Credit: Jacquelyn Nytes

FruitGuys brought a bounty of bananas to help tired hikers refuel. 

Photo Credit: Jacquelyn Nytes

Thanks to all of the hikers, volunteers, and sponsors who made the first-ever Team Sierra City Hike a great success. Money raised from the event will help the Sierra Club in its mission to protect the planet, including local initiatives to keep air clean in the greater Los Angeles area.  To learn more about Team Sierra, Sierra Club's fundraising program, visit teamsierra.org. For more information about the Angeles Chapter, click here

How 4,237 People Celebrated Earth Day

Monday, January 13, 2020

Last month was an exciting one for celebrating the earth -- 4,273 people, plus their family and friends, raised $135,914 to protect the planet! Across the nation, people got out to pick up trash, plant trees, and explore nature!

Here’s a glimpse into Team Sierra’s Earth Day celebrations:

Adam and Matt at Gambrill State Park

Adam and his husband, Matt, hiked in Grambrill State Park in Maryland for their 3rd Earth Day with Team Sierra.

Janet and Friends Clean Up in West Virginia

Janet and friends had a successful clean-up on the Cheat River in Tucker County, West Virginia.

Caitlin Banana Slug Spotting

Caitlin celebrated with an Easter egg hunt and banana slug spotting contest in NorCal.

Denise and friends at Huntington Beach State Park

Denise and her crew picked up trash all month long at Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina.

Fern’s Team "60 years on Earth" spent the day exploring the LA Arboretum.

Michael and Ariana checked out the super bloom in Malibu Creek State Park.

Wesley picked up trash around his area in Michigan.

Lani and Jonathan enjoyed the beauty of New England with a hike.

Brian and MarkeTeam

Brian gathered his colleagues for a team celebration

Next year is Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, so we’ll be going big!

Get on our list to be the first to know!

Meet Team Sierra

Monday, January 13, 2020


Team Sierra is the Sierra Club’s online fundraising community, allowing Sierra Club supporters to leverage their networks and creativity to raise critical funds to protect our planet. Here, the Team Sierra staff explain why they’re passionate about the Sierra Club’s work, some of the best fundraisers they’ve seen, and how you can get involved.

Jessica:  I live in Portland, Oregon, and I’m a new mom. My son was born last summer. When he was four weeks old, Portland had its hottest summer ever. When he was eight weeks old, our air quality was ranked the second-worst of any major city in the world, due to smoke from surrounding wildfires. We had no central air conditioning, we couldn’t open the windows, and we were nervous to take him outside, even for a quick walk to the car for his doctor’s appointments. I’m committed to raising money to help ensure that my son will be able to enjoy a safe and healthy environment as he grows up.

Jenny:  I grew up spending a lot of time at the Cape Cod National Seashore, which in my opinion is one of the most beautiful stretches of undeveloped oceanfront in the country. But lately I’ve grown increasingly worried that my favorite spots -- possibly my entire town-- will be inundated by mega-storms and rising sea levels. I’ve seen drastic dune erosion, exceptionally cold temperatures that kill off native vegetation, and an influx of sharks seeking cooler waters. The Sierra Club is working hard to protect our public lands, and I’m honored to be part of the effort to protect the places I love.

Jessica:  Two years ago we launched Team Sierra, a website where you can set up a fundraising page and ask your family, friends, or co-workers to donate to the Sierra Club. So far more than 25,000 people have set up a fundraiser or donated!

Jenny:  A great thing about Team Sierra is that it can be customized to everyone’s individual interests and talents, and Team Sierra participants continue to come up with creative ways to raise money. A couple of my favorites were creating and selling nature-themed art, and dedicating time for each dollar raised to clean up local beaches.

Jessica:  The money that’s been raised has made a real difference -- more than 100 cities have committed to 100 percent clean energy plans, there are over a million electric vehicles on the road, and more than half of the nation’s dirty coal plants are being retired. But there’s always more that needs to be done. Did you know that more than 40 percent of Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution? Our kids are at the greatest risk, with one in ten schoolkids suffering from asthma.

Jenny:  Let’s chat! We already know you’re passionate about protecting our planet. My job is to help you figure out what makes sense for you. Take a look at the many ways to get involved and leave your e-mail or phone number so I can get in touch!


Announcing Team Sierra's 2020 Race Schedule

Monday, January 13, 2020

We’re excited to announce our 2020 half marathon schedule in some of the most beautiful places in the country! You’ll receive free entry for one of our featured half marathons when you raise $1,000 to protect our planet.

We’re partnering with companies like Vacation Races and Mascot Sports to bring back some favorites and introduce some new races. Check it out:

NEW! Sedona Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K: February 1, 2020

Sedona Half Marathon

Last year, this race was voted as one of the top 20 half marathons, and we’re excited to be joining the 15th annual race. Sedona is known for its beauty, from its red rock buttes to its steep canyon walls. The course is at 4,500 feet, and it will take you down both paved and dirt roads. Sign up now!

NEW! Statesman Cap10K: April 5, 2020

Join 20,000 other runners and walkers at the largest 10K in Texas. The course, as it winds through downtown Austin, includes seven live bands and finishes with an epic after-party. Join the fun!

NEW! Bay Bridge Half Marathon: May 3, 2020

This year, the race made history as the first-ever half marathon to go across the iconic Bay Bridge. We're excited to join as a fundraising team for its second year! It holds a special place in our hearts because it’s near our home base in Oakland, and we’ll have a team of both Sierra Club staff members and supporters participating. There are only seven slots left, so act fast.

A TEAM SIERRA FAVORITE! Yosemite Half Marathon: May 11, 2020

We’re heading back to our signature race for our 4th year in a row! Last year, our team raised over $40,000 to protect our planet. This race has a gorgeous course that’s mostly downhill, and ends at beautiful Bass Lake. And after the race, you can go visit the park to see Bridal Veil Falls, Half Dome, and El Capitan. This race will sell out, and Team Sierra has only five entries left. So sign up now to secure your slot.

OUR MOST REQUESTED RACE! Yellowstone Half Marathon: June 13, 2020

Yellowstone is America’s first national park, and it is visited by millions each year. There’s nothing else like it in the world -- vibrant colors, hot springs, explosive geysers, and a plethora of wildlife. The race takes place in the town of West Yellowstone, Montana, just outside the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Be a part of our first team to do this race.

NEW! Glacier Half Marathon: June 22, 2020

You can celebrate Glacier’s 110th Anniversary next year and raise money to protect beautiful places like it! This course is a challenge, with the first five miles uphill. But from there, it’s a downhill with gorgeous views. After you finish the race, you’ll end up at the historic Glacier Park Lodge for an awards ceremony, photos, and more. The lodge sits right outside the park boundaries, so you’ll have quick access to visit the snowcapped peaks. Join now.

A TEAM SIERRA FAVORITE! Great Smoky Mountain Half Marathon: September 2020

September is the best time to see Great Smoky, America’s most visited national park, with warm end-of-summer days and the start of gorgeous fall foliage. We’ll be returning next year with another team, so leave your email here to be one of the first to join the 2020 team.

The money you raise will help protect America’s most beautiful places -- like those that you’ll be running and walking in -- provide clean energy solutions to tackle the climate crisis, save wildlife for future generations, and ensure that these beautiful places are around for years to come. 

Races take place outside national park boundaries for preservation reasons. 

 Team Sierra is committed to creating fundraising events accessible for everyone. If racing is not for you, check out our other campaigns or contact us

My Spontaneous Yosemite Half Marathon

Monday, December 16, 2019

by Michela Galante


Yosemite, in my mind, is the most famous National Park in the United States. It was the first National Park I learned about in my high school science class. It's the background on my MacBook. Travis Scott even recently wrote a song about the Park. It is everywhere for a reason: It's one of the most majestic places you'll ever visit.

I honestly never thought I would have the opportunity to visit Yosemite. Living in New York, it seemed like a faraway place; a place that I always saw in the Sierra Club pamphlets I received in the mail, or on episodes of Planet Earth.

So when I received an email from Team Sierra (the Sierra Club's fundraising arm) that they were looking for team members for the Vacation Races Yosemite Half Marathon the following May, it piqued my interest. As a Sierra Club volunteer, runner, and someone who struggles with Asthma due to our nation's poor air quality, I knew it was the perfect opportunity for me. I spontaneously signed up for the race on my way to work one morning, not even thinking what I was getting myself into, but knowing I wanted to be a part of a team and fundraise for an organization whose mission I support wholeheartedly.

It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Training for any race is hard. You must motivate yourself to run in 30-degree weather, stick to a strict schedule, and mentally train to fight through the long distances. I'm not new to running or even half marathons, but every race is a new beast and you always have to prepare for the unknown. While training, I tried to start off every run with reminding myself the reason I was doing all of this and how much this experience meant to me.

Fundraising for Team Sierra was honestly one of the best parts of the experience. It can be intimidating at first to reach out to almost every person you know and ask them to donate to your cause because it means a lot to you. What I found along the fundraising road is that people want to help – they want to stand up to fight climate change and the fossil fuel industry – they want clean air – they want to preserve our beautiful national parks and enjoy every part of this country.

Fundraising for Team Sierra was honestly one of the best parts of the experience....What I found along the fundraising road is that people want to help.

The weeks leading up to the race were a bit nerve-wracking because I felt that I had a lot hanging on my shoulders. I was so excited to get to Bass Lake to see the beautiful place I would be running in, but I was so nervous to run at 5,000+ ft, a first for me. As soon as I got to the race expo and met the other Team Sierra team members, who traveled from all over the country to do the exact same thing as me, I felt a sense of unity and purpose – almost all my nerves dissipated.

As we drove up the mountain to the race start, it was a dewy, frigid 40-degree morning. The start line was at the top of a mountain, on a rocky trail. At about 5:45am, the horn blew, and I was off – catching my pace on the trail through the forest, passing little waterfalls and enormous cliffs – it was a beautiful start. When I got to the paved downhill road at mile 6, I was relieved that the temperature increased about 20 degrees. The downhill miles were also gorgeous – large pines, a view of the Sierra Nevada’s, the sun shining through the trees. The last few miles were definitely the hardest. What helped was running alongside serene Bass Lake in near perfect 60-degree weather. As I approached the finish line, there were hundreds of people cheering and I sprinted through with the biggest smile on my face.

My trip wouldn’t have been complete without a visiting the rest of the park and seeing Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, views of Half Dome, and the beautiful of high flowing waterfalls. Driving through the Valley is one of the most surreal experiences, especially in mid-May when the falls are thundering from the glacial run-off.

When I spontaneously signed up for the race, I never expected the experience to be so momentous. I was in a state of pure bliss the entire six-day trip. I could not stop grinning from ear to ear.

John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club and Father of the National Parks, said it best, "But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its wall seems to glow with life."

Don't walk...run!


With so much at stake, thousands of planet-lovers are joining Team Sierra and raising funds to benefit the Sierra Club. In 3 short years, we've raised close to $1 million to protect the places we love and solve the climate crisis. Our race isn't over yet, though. Whether it's your first race or fiftieth, join Team Sierra to race in a beautiful place and make your miles more meaningful.


Michela Galante is an avid runner and Sierra Club volunteer from Brooklyn, New York. Even though she played collegiate lacrosse, she never thought it was possible to run more than 10 consecutive miles. It wasn't until she graduated college and started running on her own that she realized it was possible (of course it was)! She ran her first half marathon in 2015 and hasn't looked back.

2019 Accomplishment Highlights

Thursday, November 7, 2019

November is the month for giving and thanking — and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of our team. 

Team Sierra launched 3 years ago after Trump was elected. It began as a platform for people to rally their family and friends to Stand Together for our planet — over 15K people have raised over $1MM from putting on concerts to walking 5ks to pledging their birthdays to hiking their city. 

We’re proud to share with you some of our 2019 victories you’ve made possible:   
  • Protecting the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

  • Expanding free access to the National Parks for more than 3 million 4th graders

  • Offshore oil in Arctic and Atlantic blocked in court victory Trump Administration’s Pro-Polluter Agenda Defeated Once Again in Court

  • Passing equitable and just 100% clean energy legislation in 7 states and more than 130 cities 

  • Shutting down the largest coal unit in the history of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign and a total of more than 291 total plants

  • Successfully stopped proposed oil and gas leasing on public lands in the Ruby Mountains in Nevada, in the greater Chaco Canyon region of New Mexico, and have seen parcels deferred in Colorado adjacent to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Wyoming in conflict with critical wildlife habitat and migration corridor. 

  • Pressuring Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to step down

  • Welcoming the 116th Congress which is committed to taking action on climate.

  • Blocking oil and gas pipelines including halting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  

  • Protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from destructive seismic testing this year and delaying the lease sale. 

  • Securing Colorado as the 11th state to join the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) standards. 

Thank you for your creativity, your engagement, and your time. Your motivation inspires us and it makes our work possible.