The Sierra Club is the oldest environmental organization in the United States. It was founded in 1892 by John Muir, the legendary hiker and conservationist. With 1.3 million members in all 50 states, the Sierra Club still is a grass roots organization, relying heavily on the energy and commitment of our volunteers.
John Muir formed the Sierra Club to support national parks and promote hiking. But as a young organization, the Club realized it had to fight politically for our wild places.
In the early 1900s the Sierra Club mobilized against the Hetch Hetchy dam in California, a fight that was lost in 1913. However, that loss only rallied support for our national park system.
Other campaigns include a 1960s win to stop the building of dams that would have flooded parts of the Grand Canyon.
Today, the Sierra Club continues to fight to extend wilderness areas and strengthen clean air standards. But we've broadened our agenda, working also to: