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


Argo Cascades Water Park  (date change from Saturday to Sunday)

Argo Canoe Livery, 1055 Longshore Dr. Ann Arbor, MI

Sunday July 20th, 1PM   

Skill Level: beginner Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Family Friendly. 

Join the Crossroads Group of the Sierra Club for a Family Friendly afternoon. Paddle down the new Argo Cascades through a series of nine drops and pools for people in tubes, rafts, canoes and kayaks to enjoy. We have new river recreation opportunities with tubes, rafts and sit-on-top kayaks available to rent! Float down the Argo Cascades, walk back to the top and repeat the fun!  One-person per tube, 8 years and above, shoes required and no coolers. People average three to four tube rides down the Cascades in a two hour rental. Open to members and nonmembers, families, and beginners. Meet at the Argo Canoe Livery. For information call John Wilson at 734-355-3822 or


Gasland II
The Salem-South Lyon District Library, 9800 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon, MI
Wednesday, July 23, 6PM - 9PM
In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).


Highland State Recreation Area Hike

Highland State Recreation Area, Oakland County

Sunday, July 27, 1PM

Skill Level: beginner Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 

Join the Crossroads Group of the Sierra Club for an afternoon hike in Oakland County’s, Highland State Recreation Area. This was the former country retreat of Edsel and Eleanor Ford in the 1920/30s. The artificial Haven Hill Lake and grounds surrounding the nature center were designed by noted Landscape Architect, Jens Jensen.  The Nature Center is the highest point in Oakland County.  The park entrance is 1 mile east of Duck Lake Rd on M59. Meet at Haven Hill Lake trailhead parking lot, near the entrance, at 1 PM for a hike of 2-5 miles around Haven Hill Lake. 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.  A great hike for our Oakland County members! For information call John Wilson at 734-355-3822 or

Outings Initiative and Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, August 2, 2-4 PM

Outings Committee

No experience required 

The outings committee wants to add new leaders to sustain a wider variety of outdoor activities. To learn more about this opportunity, please join the Outings Committee Sat. August 2, 2-4 PM in Pinckney. Learn more about committee functioning, training requirements, leader expectations, and Q & A. We will be planning outing for Fall newsletter and would like to hear from YOU. Call or email for directions. John Wilson at 734-355-3822 or

West River Trail Bike Ride

From Hudson Mills to Dexter MI along the Huron River

Saturday, August 16, 1PM

Skill level: novice, Difficulty: Easy. Family Friendly. 

Dust off your bike and join us for an easy pedal from Hudson Mills to Dexter, on the new West River Trail along the Huron River. We will make frequent stops to examine the various habitats that we pass through on our journey. Meet at the Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center Saturday, August 16, at 1PM.  The trail runs along the west bank of the Huron River about 5 miles, and ends at Mill Creek Park (formerly known as Warrior Creek Park), behind the fire station on Main Street in Dexter. Open to members and nonmembers. Outing is free, but requires paid entrance to the Metropark.  Contact John Wilson at 734-355-3822 or


SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Outing

Pinckney Recreation Area, Halfmoon Lake

Sunday, August 24,  11 AM

Skill Level: beginner Difficulty: Moderate 

Stand up paddling (SUP) is the fastest growing water sport in Michigan. Have you ever wanted to try it out? Find out what it is all about? Try out equipment?  Here is your chance. Come join us with the leading SUP Company and outfitter in the State. Paddle the Mitten is pioneering the stand up paddleboard business throughout Michigan. PTM offers a variety of instruction, classes, board sales and adventures.  This will be a Paddle Technique and Safety outing - 2 hours with instruction 15 min prior to the 2 hours, $40 per person.  Meet at 11 AM at the Halfmoon Lake Boat Launch Parking lot, Pinckney Recreation Area. You can get information and sign up at under classes/training – events. For information call John Wilson at 734-355-3822 or

Don’t Frack Up Our Future

Brighton District Library 100 Library Drive, Brighton, MI

Wednesday, August 27 7-9 pm

See flyer here.


Politics of the Environment

Brighton District Library 100 Library Drive, Brighton, MI

Wednesday, September 17  7-9 pm

See flyer here.