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Mission Statement

To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;

To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources;

To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.






The Sierra Club was founded in 1892 and is America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Inspired by nature, we are 1.3 million of your friends and neighbors, working together to protect our communities and the planet.

The Santa Margarita Group is a part of the San Gorgonio Chapter, serving the Inland Area of Southern California since 2008.




Here's what's currently happening in our Group...

The Santa Margarita Group is happy to announce that Lana Cook, a graphics design major from Cal State San Marcos (CSSM), has won the Murrieta Creek Trail logo competition.

Lana will be awarded the $500 prize money at the next club meeting on February 12, and her design will feature on the interim trail signs and maps. She was among more than 20 students who submitted their designs from Mt. San Jacinto, Riverside Community College, Palomar Community College and CSSM. Her design features the iconic mountain range with the sun setting behind it, the river intertwining with the new trail, and the bunch grass native to the area. The committee formed from the four cities wishes to thank all the participants and recognize the artistic talents of the students who submitted.

The 16 mile long interim trail will be opened on June 6th, National Trails Day, in a ribbon cutting event that will occur in four staging areas simultaneously. Our meetup.com group, Outdoor Families, will be walking a stretch of the Murrieta Creek Trail on Feb 6th and then the Lake Elsinore levee later in the month with a city staff docent. All welcome. Check out the meetup.com site for details.

Our Christmas Party at Rodrigo’s was a success, with a great turnout. Our retiring Chapter Chair Rick Es-tes was honored with words and gifts from groups grateful for his capable, multi-year stewardship. Prof-its from the event have been donated to the Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation. Our next social gathering will be our Valentine’s Sierra Sunday at the Macaroni Grill on Feb. 15th. Please join us.

Our first speaker of the year was the delightful and inspirational 23- year old Bethany Ludwig, talking about her passion, astronomy. She made the subject exciting. Her interest was contagious as she spoke of the need for more research in the field. Our next speaker will also be a “youngster” speaking on her PH.D theme of plastics and pollution of our oceans, on February 12th. Jennifer Brandon is at Scripps Institute.

"Every Kid in a Park"

Check out this wonderful and free opportunity to introduce children to the great outdoors, and more...


Below is the ballot for our upcoming elections for members of our executive committee. These members will set the direction of the group for 2015. The executive committee consists of seven members with three elected one year and four on the following year. If you are a member of the Santa Margarita Group, please vote and become involved.

Santa Margarita Group Elections for 2015
Please vote for no more than three and mail to arrive on or before March 1, 2015.

Mail to: Santa Margarita Group Sierra Club
31915 Rancho California Rd., Ste. 200-133, Temecula, CA 92591

Print your name and address and sign your name on the outside of the envelope along with your signature. In the case of a joint membership, both should print their name and sign. This is required to verify membership.

Santa Margarita Group Ballot (Please vote for 3 or fewer)

• Jim Mitchell
• Bob Audibert
• George McMackin


For more information, please email us at sierraclubsmg@gmail.com and visit our web site: www.sierraclubsmg.org and www.facebook.com/SierraClubSantaMargaritaGroup and for Outdoor Families information visit www.meetup.com/outdoorfamilies.



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