The Sierra Club is a national organization dedicated to EXPLORE, ENJOY, and PROTECT the planet. Our local Northeast Florida Group is one of 16 geographic groups under the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club. We cover all of Duval and St. Johns Counties, and the northeast section of Clay County and have about 1400 members. We were founded in the Fall of 1970 by a group of dedicated, inspired environmental activists. We organize and participate in outdoor adventures, environmental education, and lobby our local and state government for pro-environmental policy and legislation. Twice a month, our group conducts meetings in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach. Speakers discuss diverse subjects such as snake and insect bites, the importance of barrier islands, manatee habitat, creating walkable communities, and encroaching urban sprawl. We also directly advocate and lobby for proposed legislation, and endorse environmental candidates. We are a C3, C4 and PAC.