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September 16, 2010

Serve Outdoors Through the Lens

While 9/11 is a day to mourn the tragic events of that day in 2001, it's also National Day of Service and Remembrance. Sierra Club members and friends led in organizing more than 100 Serve Outdoors events that connected our youth with the outdoors and benefited the community and the planet.

Watch our awesome Serve Outdoors video by clicking here.

Sierra Club media assistant Kyle Boelte, who was at the San Francisco event, reported, "Events, each with over 100 participants, took place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C., and featured –- in addition to lots of young people –- guests like Mayor Michael McGinn of Seattle (a former Sierra Club volunteer leader) and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. At events across the country, volunteers cleaned up beaches, worked in community gardens, created outdoor classrooms, performed trail maintenance, organized bike-a-thons, and other creative projects."

In Los Angeles, hundreds of young volunteers worked on the Stanford-Avalon farm in the heart of South Los Angeles. The mayor, L.A. firefighters, Los Angeles Conservation Corps, National Corporation for National & Community Service, and other local groups appeared for a dedication of a plaque in memory of 9/11.

Serve Outdoors_LA Group

In Albuquerque at Nuestros Valores Charter School, students, teachers, and Sierra Club staff and friends transformed a courtyard into a garden.

NM Plotting the new garden

Also, in New Mexico, volunteers spent six hours repairing trails at Santa Barbara Canyon in Penasco.

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In Washington, D.C., club members and friends joined other volunteer groups at the FDR Memorial to remember the victims of 9/11, discussed the Serve Outdoors program, and shared the legacy of President Franklin Roosevelt, who created the Civilian Conservation Corps. "We also heard from the CEO of the Earth Conservation Corps, a Veteran from Veterans Green Jobs who shared how the organization was helping our returning heroes, the Director of the Office of Youth (Cesar Chavez's granddaughter), and the Superintendent of the National Mall," said Jacqueline Ostfeld, Sierra Club's National Youth Representative.

Here are a few snapshots from our nation's capital.

DC Serve Outdors_DC_Group & Birds

DC2 Serve Outdors_DC_Tara

DC3 Serve Outdors_DC_service

In Florida, the Tampa Bay Group, more than 100 volunteers helped plant over 7,000 sea oats at the Ft. DeSoto beach.

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These images represent just a fraction of all the inspirational gatherings from all over the country of volunteers and community members. It was a resounding success and it wouldn't have happened without our amazing volunteers and organizers.

All photos courtesy Tiffany Saleh, Sierra Club's National Youth Outreach Representative. To get involved with the Sierra Club's youth program, click here.

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