Sierra Club San Diego
Mission Statement

"To explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystem and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and To use all lawful means to carry out these objectives."

General Information

For over 63 years the Sierra Club San Diego Chapter and partners have secured permanent protection for Torrey Pines State Reserve, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and parts of San Diego's canyons that separate its mesas, creating small pockets of natural parkland scattered throughout the city. We helped create and foster the Multiple Species Conservation Program to preserve a network of open space, protecting bio-diversity and enhancing the region's quality of life. We have successfully defended thousands of acres of fragile wilderness areas in our public forests. We build coalitions for our campaigns to diversify support, and develop sensible policy solutions to conservation challenges.

Contact Information

Sierra Club San Diego Chapter
8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., St

Phone: 858-569-6005
Web Site:

Jennifer Douglas

Programs and Services

Conservation Programs, Education - Environmental, Education - Outdoor, Education - Other, Recreation

Family Committee - The San Diego Sierra Club Family Committee organizes outdoor activities for families. If interested, please join the Family Committee's meetup group (free) at You can participate by coming along on family activities or helping to organize the Committee.

Most activities are appropriate for small children and generally fine for older children as well. Volunteers are needed to lead activities, especially for families with older children.

Recently activities have included visits to the Mission Trails Regional Park, San Elijo Lagoon in Cardiff, Miramar Lake in Scripps Ranch, Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, Torrey Pines State Park, and the Chula Vista Nature Center.

For more information, contact the Committee Chair, Jennifer Douglas at

Inner City Outings (ICO) is a community outreach program of the Sierra Club dedicated to helping urban youth discover the outdoors.

ICO provides adult supervision, equipment, food and transportation for exploring local natural treasures in San Diego County, hosting camping trips in the surrounding mountains and desert, and distant adventures to places such as Sequoia National Park.

San Diego ICO is completely volunteer run. The program commenced in November 2001 and has 4 active leaders serving 8 agencies with about 29 volunteers. All activities are free for the children and donations directly fund adventures for the kids, who come from the following 8 agencies; Community Housing Works, Hilltop High School, Promise Charter School,
Pura Vida Environmental Outreach, Inc., San Diego Youth Services-Golden Hill, Sherman Heights Community Center,
Y-FRIENDz Mentoring Program, and YMCA Youth & Community Center.

Why is this important? Despite San Diego's beauty, many children do not have access to open spaces they can safely explore. More and more, children are leading sedentary lives because they do not have the opportunity to be active outside, or know what opportunities exist.

ICO helps urban youth learn how to safely explore nature. Our trips provide a chance for kids to be kids - to climb rocks, splash in a stream, look at bugs, and be master of the mountaintop - while developing new skills and a desire to explore and protect open spaces.

Do you like kids? Do you like the outdoors? Join an ICO day trip and see if it's a match for you. For more information on volunteering, email Jim Davis or call at 760-739-8407.

Make it possible for a child to go on their first outing, sleep under a sky full of stars, or learn how to backpack. All cash donations are tax-deductible through The Sierra Club Foundation. Employer matching is also welcome. For more information how you can contribute, email Mike Gilligan or call at 619-992-7181.

All Ages

Founded in 1948, the San Diego Sierra Club Chapter is now more than 12,000 members strong. Sierra Club members care about clean water, clean air, biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. We raise public awareness of environmental threats, land use, border issues, and help enforcement efforts to protect our natural resources.