Woods && Wetlands

Woods & Wetlands


Save Our Special Places The Sierra Club began as a few people who found the magnificent wilderness areas they loved threatened by deforestation. They decided to show others its beauty, and organized to stop the destruction. W&W continues that proud tradition with hikes to special places. Whether a Forest Preserve property escaping from the invasion of exotic species, a marsh saved by a local community, or a heron rookery imperiled by a senseless tollway, each offers a chance to appreciate firsthand what can be lost - and what can be saved, for our families, and for our future.
Click the Flowers! marks months with outings.

Planned Outings, and Reflections of Past Ones

Updated 3/3/12

Click Here! Sierrans Outdoorslists all outings of the IL Chapter, including those of W&W. The pages below list additional information about W&W outings.

       April '12 Click Here!  March '12        February  '12 Click Here! January '12
       December '10        November '10 Click Here! June '10        May '09
       December '08        November '08 Click Here! June '09          May '09
       April '09        March '09        February '09        January '09
       December '08        November '08        October '08        September '08
       August '08        July '08 Click Here! June '08          May '08
       April '08        March '08        February '08        January '08

More Outings are always in the planning stage. Find out about them by returning here later.

Learn about W&W Outings - join the W&W Outings List.
You can do it Online or by e-mail: Just click Outings List to address an e-mail message to listserv@lists.sierraclub.org.
Then watch for confirmation e-mails and reply according to the instructions.
Make sure the following commands are included in the body of the message:
SUB il-wwg-outings-forum firstname lastname
(substituting your name) and send the message.
Become an outing leader in our Outings Leader Program

Sign-Up Policy: Please contact the leader to sign up for a spot on the outing; no show-n-gos. Unless stated, fees cover only outing costs. Fees for day outings may be collected at the trailhead, but sign up after the cut-off date, or the day before the outing should be avoided. Fees for overnight outings are collected in advance, with at least 50% due with sign-up. Cancellations after cut-off date can result in loss of deposit to cover trip costs. Cancellations after wait-list starts can result in loss of deposit, which will go to wait-listed participants to discourage frivolous sign-ups.

Sponsored outings are lead by a certified Sierra Club Outings Leader, trained in CPR/First Aid, and often feature a local authority as a guide.

Difficulty Ratings
Rating Strength Endurance Skill
1 None None None
2 Average strength from routine daily activity Frequent rests, few or light aerobic intervals Special techniques or equipment not required, but useful
3 Above average from occasional exercise. Moderate aerobic intervals with rests Use of special techniques or equipment required, but experience not necessary
4 Above average from occasional exercise, including outing activity. High aerobic with limited rests, mixed with anaerobic intervals Experience with special techniques or equipment required, but not crucial
5 Above average from routine exercise, with developed muscles for outing activity. Prolonged high aerobic, mixed with anaerobic intervals Experience with special techniques or equipment required, and crucial

Conduct & Ethics Committee
Acting Chair: George Etu 847-437-8787

Friends of Ours

Lake County Forest Preserves

Illinois Paddling Council

MoonPhase Sunrise & Sunset Weather
Des Plaines River, Russel Rd. Des Plaines River, Gurnee Nippersink River, Spring Grove
Chicago River, Niles Fox River, Dayton Dam Kishwaukee River, Belvidere
Kishwaukee River, Perryville WI River, Muscoda Rock River, Watertown

Woods & Wetlands Supported Outings

Supported Outings are led by members and friends of W & W, but are not official Club events. If you are arranging an outing and seek companions, let us know and we'll list it here!

E-mail us (Outings) with suggestions (like a better time, or favorite location) for any of these trips.

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