Outings & Programs
All Sierra Club outings start at the trail head, and some include fees to cover expenses. Sierra Club outing participants are required to sign the standard liability waiver  .  
Outings are subject to conditions. Always check this website or with trip leader for cancellations or changes.

All educational programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted below.

Volunteer opportunity, North Country Trail

Chief Baw Bees Chapter, North County Trail Association, Hillsdale County

Second Saturday of every month, 9:30 AM

Join other Sierra Club members (and non members) doing  rewarding trail work on the North Country Trail, in and around the Lost Nation State Game area in Hillsdale County. Contact Kevin Bell at  or call for information at 734-913-4764

Winter Paddle CANCELLED

Island Lake State Recreation Area

Sunday, February 15th, Noon

Cancelled due to weather: Predicted temps Sunday are near or  below zero. The current is swift, and there are visible downfalls in the river. Not much margin of error for safety. The dam access and parking has not been cleared, and there are large ice shelves at the takeout.

Winter Camping Outing

Hoist Lake Foot Travel Area, Oscoda:  start at Hoist Lake Trailhead Parking lot

Saturday, February 21 to Sunday, February 22

Skill Level: Intermediate;  Difficulty: Moderate

Ever wanted to try winter camping? It is an exhilarating experience!  Join us for an overnight camping trip to Hoist Lake foot travel area. Hoist Lake foot travel area encompasses almost 10,000 acres of pine, aspen and hardwood forest. Hoist Lake is a semi-primitive non-motorized Forest Service area near Oscoda, Michigan. We will ski, snowshoe, or hike in about a mile and make camp at a site overlooking the lake. We will use special sleds (provided) to pull our equipment. If you have never done this, and are interested, we may provide an instruction class in advance, and perhaps a local trial camp. Three season tents are adequate. Three/four season tents and sleeping bags can be made available. There are 19

miles of looped trail. Hiking trails and back-country skiing are permitted; however, there are no groomed trails. Cross country skiing ranges from moderate to more difficult/most difficult due to length of trails. Trip specifics will depend on the number or people interested, and their skill level. There is a $5 day use fee, and we will share expenses for food and supplies. If interested please call John Wilson at 734-355-3822 or for information.

Backyard Birds
Wednesday March 18th, 7:00 PM
Brighton District Library
See flyer here.

Brighton Recreation Area late Spring Hike

Brighton Recreation Area, Penosha or KahchinTrail, Howell

Sunday, March 29, 1PM

Skill Level: beginner;  Difficulty: Moderate

Join us for an afternoon hike on the Penosha or KahchinTrail.  The Penosha trail is 5 miles, approximately 2-2 ½ hours, through woods and meadows. Or for a lighter option the Kahchin trail is 2 miles, approximately 1 hour. The trailhead for both trails is at the Bishop Lake parking lot in Brighton Recreation Area - 6360 Chilson Road, Howell. The outing is free but requires an annual or daily Michigan State Parks pass (or passport pass) for entry. Open to members and nonmembers, families, and beginners who can hike this distance. Hiking boots and appropriate warm clothing recommended, trails may be muddy. A great hike near our own back yard! For information see our website, or call John Wilson at 734-355-3822


Howell Nature Center

Between Howell and Pinckney, 1005 Triangle Lake Road, Howell

Saturday, April 18, 1 PM

An outing for families and kids!

No experience required

Join us for a family visit to the Howell Nature Center. We will have a tour of The Wild Wonders Wildlife Park. The Wildlife Park provides an up-close view of many native Michigan wild birds and mammals, including coyote, beaver, porcupine, bobcat, bald eagle, owls, and much more.  This educational zoo space is designed for all ages. Other adventure activities, such as zip line Eco-Tour and climbing tower are available. Pre-registration, pre-payment, and signed waivers are required for all adventure programs. For information see our website, or call John Wilson at 734-355-3822. Information on the Howell Nature Center available at:


McGraths Nature Discovery Center, "Spring Frogs and Identifying Their Calls"

McGraths Nature and Discovery Center, Williamston

Sunday, May 3, 2 PM

An outing for families and kids!

No experience required

This is a great family outing! With over 40 species of Michigan snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs and salamanders, Nature Discovery is home to the largest collection of live Michigan Reptiles and Amphibians in the state. We will tour the inside Nature Center and the reptile and amphibian exhibit, and have a guided tour on the trail, where we will identify the calls of spring frogs. There is a fee for this program of between 5 and 10 dollars. We will help arrange carpooling from the Brighton area. A great way to spend the day with your kids! For information see our website, or call John Wilson at 734-355-3822 or


Modern Living: Life as a Honeybee
Wednesday May 20th, 7:00 PM
Brighton District Library
See flyer here.