Upcoming Events...

The Foothills Group of the Sierra Cub will be at the 2019 Black Walnut Festival Saturday September 28 from 10:00 until 4:00, 5393 Ham Horton Lane, Bethania, NC.  If you would like to help us at our information table there, please contact  Kathy Noble at knrigsbee@gmail.com or Carolina Corona at mariposa7311@gmail.com.

Saturday September 7-Sunday September 8: Vade Mecum of Hanging Rock State Park will be Open
Vade Mecum open this weekend 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday! Stop in take the historical tour, hikes the trails, buy a t-shirt or just sit on the front porch of the 1902 hotel and imagine life there over 100 years ago.
Vade Mecum Hotel
1105 Camp Sertoma Drive · Westfield

Thursday, September 12, 2019: Program and Potluck: Peace of Land Campaign by Piedmont Land Conservancy

Join us for our September program and pot luck dinner! Kevin will share information on the Peace of Land Campaign. The Piedmont Land Conservancy’s Peace of Land campaign seeks to purchase the development rights to ninety-two acres on the Crossnore School & Children’s Home’s campus off Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem. Under an agreement with the non-profit school, which offers residential foster care services to children in North Carolina, the land will be protected through a conservation easement held by Piedmont Land Conservancy that will prevent future development of the land. For more information, contact Kathy Noble at knrigsbee@gmail.com or Carolina Corona at mariposa7311@gmail.com.
Family Services Forsyth County
1200 S Broad St · Winston-Salem, NC

• Potluck 6:00 Bring a dish to share
• Announcements: 7:30
• Program: 7:45

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:00am – 12:00pm
Join Piedmont Land Conservancy and the Foothills Group of the Sierra Club for a moderate 3 mile hike at the Pilot Creek trail at Pilot Mountain State Park. Our park ranger guided hike will include information on how the trail was added to the park and interesting facts about the land.
PLC and Sierra Club volunteer Carolina Lara will provide Spanish translation for our hike leader as well. All are welcome for this free and educational event.
Please note: this trailhead is NOT located within the main entrance to PMSP. It is located at 301-303 Boyd Nelson Rd, Pinnacle, NC 27043
Difficulty: the trail is labeled “moderate”.
Remember to bring water, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and your camera. Please email mariposa7311@gmail.com to register and get meeting location. The event is free. You will have to sign a Sierra Club Liability Waiver to participate.

Piedmont Land Conservancy y Sierra Club te invitan a una caminata de tres millas en la parte de Pilot Creek Access dentro del parque Pilot Mountain. El guardabosque nos guiara en la caminata y Carolina Corona voluntaria de Sierra Club dara informacion en Espanol. Sera una caminata llena de hechos sobre como se crearon los caminos para caminar y informacion sobre la propiedad. Recuera debes traer agua, zapatos comodos, bloqueador solar, y tu camara. Porfavor manda un correo electronico a mariposa7311@gmail.com para registrarte y recibir direcciones hasta donde se vera el grupo. El evento es gratis. Es requerimiento firmar una exencion de responsibilidad para participar.

Thursday, September 19 at 6:30pm: Foothills Planning Meeting NOTE NEW LOCATION FOR THIS DATE ONLY 
Want to help us plan for the activities of the Foothills Group?  The Executive Committee (ExCom) and interested volunteers meet monthly for a discussion of group issues and projects.  If you would like to know more about the workings of the club or get involved in membership, outings, political activities or special projects, please join us!  Meet at the Alpha Chapel in Bethania, 5393 Ham Horton Lane; Bethania.  For more information, contact Kathy Noble at knrigsbee@gmail.com  or JCarolina Corona at mariposa7311@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 26: Join Us for the Foothills Group Conservation Dinner/ Discussion
6:30 to 8:30pm Cha-Da Thai 420 Jonestown Road · Winston Salem, NC
As citizens everywhere join a growing grassroots movement to advocate for the environment, we find national policy increasingly misguided and out of step with science and the public interest. Join as we review latest developments on the conservation front, including clean energy, parks, and coastal issues, and opportunities for advocacy, while enjoying delicious Thai cuisine. For more information, contact johnccalhoun@bellsouth.net or (336) 777-8315.
John Calhoun
Foothills Conservation Chair

Friday September 27-Sunday September 29: The Ted Snyder Wilderness  Camporee!
North Carolina Chapter outings leaders have planned a special camping/hiking weekend September 27-29th,  2019 to explore areas proposed for protection in the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest.   This continues the “Camporee” tradition from the past three years.  This 2019 group base camp outing will provide multiple opportunities to become familiar with some outstanding areas and proposed wilderness additions within this highly popular part of the Forest.  We will be camping in multiple campsites within the Briar Bottom Campground near Mt Mitchell, NC.

To participate, you use must use the link Eventbrite site.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-annual-ted-snyder-wilderness-camporee-tickets-69800618529 and sign the standard outings waiver
The weekend is planned as a boots-on-the-ground educational experience to engage Sierra Club members and non-members on the exceptional backcountry value and quality of this area, and how they can engage in the current Pisgah and Nantahala Forest Plan Revision process, the outcome of which could affect how these areas are managed.  There is a good chance that the timing will coincide with the 90-day public comment period on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)for the Pisgah/Nantahala Forest Plan.

Check-in Friday 3:00-until
Friday night: Gather for campfire, introductions, outings options,Presentation on Pisgah/Nantahala Forest Plan Revision
Saturday am: Breakfast on your own
                       Gather for Hikes
                       Time for letter writing
Saturday pm: Group dinner
                       After dinner Presentation on Pisgah/Nantahala Forest Plan Revision
Sunday am: Breakfast on own, camporee wrap up, and break camp
We are recruiting outings leaders to lead hikes during the weekend.  If you would like to volunteer to lead a hike, contact Rosmarie Adams at rbadams91@gmail.com

Saturday, October 26: Join us as we Hike the Mountain Trail at Pilot Mountain State Park
Join us to hike the Mountain Trail at Pilot Mountain State Park, a gently rolling trail that connects to the Grindstone Trail to complete a 6-mile loop. This trail is rated strenuous. We should be able to see some beautiful views as the leaves fall from the trees.
You will need to bring water and lunch. Wear hiking shoes and bring rain gear and hiking poles if needed.
To join us you must contact LJ Sanford at Ljsanfo@yahoo.com or 336-983-4779 for meeting location details. Sierra Club requires all participants to sign a standard waiver.

Friday–Saturday, November 8–9,: 2019 NC BikeWalk Summit
At the Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center
Winston-Salem, NC
Friday–Saturday, November 8–9,
with 2 pre-conference workshops on Thursday, November 7 

Early Bird Pricing until September 6!
The NC BikeWalk Summit is coming together beautifully! We have some great proposals for some dynamic sessions, and we have some terrific keynote speakers. We are excited to announce that Mark Fenton, nationally known Public Health and Transportation Consultant, will be leading our line up of keynote speakers, and will be offering a pre-Summit Workshop on Thursday, November 7, which will offer training on how to perform a walk audit.
We are also very happy to be able to offer, once again, also as a pre-Summit workshop on November 7, our popular Traffic Bicycling for Transportation Professionals (and others) course led by Master LCI Instructor Steven Goodridge.
You can learn more about both of these on the registration page.
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hawthorne Inn at a special Summit Rate. For more on accommodations, read this.  
Register Today!