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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...


Sierra Club members and friends...Ho Ho Ho! It's Holiday Party Time again...and do we have a fun event planned for you! It's going to be at El Torito restaurant in Temecula on December 10 starting at 6:00 p.m.

Lots of great activities and a wonderful Mexican buffet for just $20.00/person ($20.50 if ordering on-line), tax and tip included. And a no host bar.

You can buy tickets on the internet (below) or mail a check to the Sierra Club SMG, 31915 Rancho California Rd., Suite 200-133, Temecula, CA 92591.

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But we need to know in advance how many are coming...please order now!.

So make sure to join us December 10 cause Santa is coming to town at the El Torito at 40517 Margarita Rd!

The Santa Margarita Group kicked off its new lecture season with a focus on wolves.

Photo Credit: Laurie Webster

The California Wolf Center, just up the road in Julian, is dedicated to the recovery of these animals in their natural wildlands and in September they came to tell us all about their work. They described the amazing transformation of Yellowstone National Park after the reintroduction of wolves from an eroded landscape and a low diversity of wildlife.

A few weeks later we visited the center, and our group had a chance to observe  both Rocky Mountain and Mexican wolf packs. Our guide emphasized how critically important these animals are to a healthy and sustainable ecosystem. The wolves are absolutely magnificent animals and we spent a wonderful hour or so just watching and learning about these special creatures.


We’ve got a great roster of speakers already lined up for the upcoming year. October will feature the one and only barefoot, mandolin-playing Joel Robinson, an environmental educator and tireless activist for the preservation of the Santa Ana mountains ecosystem.

We continue to build our relationships with local environmental groups. Also in October we will host a fundraiser for our partner, Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park and our Christmas party will raise money for the projects at the Santa Rosa Plateau. We supported the CA Wolf Center by tabling at the Julian Music Festival on September 19th. And we partnered with the San Diego Chapter which offered an unusual chance for camaraderie between chapters.


Our group is busy planning several events on the new Murrieta Creek Trail, one of  which will be an Evening Earth Day walk. Following our award for our work on this new 16 mile stretch from the California Trails and Greenways conference last year, our President Pam Nelson is now working to help set up this year’s event in Riverside on April 6-8, 2016.

Our environmental science teacher workshop met for a great day at Vail Lake, in which participants had an opportunity to explore the riparian area and share curriculum ideas, while hearing about local mountain biking projects and from Temecula’s Councilor Matt
Rahn about the City’s ongoing efforts to become a more walkable and ride-able city.

Vail Lake is of real interest to our group. Having recently been acquired by the Rancho California Water District, we are following carefully their plans for a new resort at the site.

Now that it’s finally beginning to cool, our hiking leaders are planning some great walks, so we’re looking forward to getting on our boots and getting out of doors.


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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