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

Brighton Recreation Area 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.