About Us

What is the Sierra Club?


Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we’ve made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

    • Our Mission is to:
    • Explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth
    • Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources
    • Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment
    • Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives

The Suwannee St. Johns Group (SSJ) Sierra Club, founded by Ken and Betty Watson in 1971, now has over 2,000 members in 14 North Central Florida Counties – Alachua, Baker, Bradford, SW Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee, and Union. We are part of the Florida Chapter of the National Sierra Club.

As an all-volunteer organization, the strength of SSJ is fully dependent on the involvement of our members. We are truly a grassroots group of citizen activists committed to environmental stewardship and protecting our environment today and for future generations.  We work on national and state levels, of course, but we are also focused on local communities, and our effectiveness and success is based on volunteer action and leadership.

As serious as we are about the environment, we’re also serious about friendship and having a good time.  We believe it’s as important to enjoy and share our natural resources, as it is to protect them.  So we plan all kinds of fun activities and regular outdoors adventures .  Check out our Outings page for more information.