Getting Outdoors

The Sierra Club wants YOU to get outdoors and experience the beauty of the natural world. We are proposing some excellent opportunities in the following and encourage you to be involved.


ADK (Adirondack Club) – ADK sponsors frequent local day and evening hikes, bike trips, paddles, x-country skiing, as well as regional Adirondack and Canadian overnights – both tent camping and lodge stays. Each event has a group leader. You are allowed to participate in (2) activities annually before joining ADK. Annual membership fees are $50 – $75.  Niagara Frontier Adirondack Mountain Club

Foothills Trail Club – Activities include group hiking on numerous Western New York trails. You are allowed to participate in (3) activities annually before joining. Annual membership fees are $22 – $30. Foothills Trail Club

Buffalo Audubon Society – Local activities and nature hikes occur frequently throughout the year. Memberships are $25 – $35 annually, but you can attend some programs as a non-member for a small fee.   Buffalo Audubon Society.

Sierra Club National – A wide range of national and international paid trips are available throughout the year for all ages and interests, including ‘service’ trips at reduced rates. Consult the back pages of Sierra magazine, or peruse the web-site. Sierra Club National

Tifft Nature Preserve – Run by the Buffalo Museum of Science, Tift offers hiking trails and nature programs. It is located across from the Small Boat Harbor and is open 10-am – 4 pm Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 4pm on Sunday. Tifft Nature Preserve

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center – Conveniently located in Depew, DEC-managed Reinstein Woods is open to the public weekdays and weekends and includes guided hikes, scheduled programs, and public hiking trails. Check the web-site for times and activities. Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

Meet Up– “Meet-Up” is the world’s largest network of local groups. The intent is to get local people together with common interests. Log on to the following, then ‘click on’Find top left to browse the numerous listings, or type a group name in the ‘search box’ mid-page. About Meetup

Buffalo Niagara RiverKeeper RIVERKEEPER is a community-based organization dedicated to protecting the quality and quantity of water, including cleaning up pollution, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, and enhancing public access through greenways that expand parks and open space. There are numerous volunteer opportunities and occasional public programs.Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper



Paths, Peaks and Paddles – Activities include free weekly paddles on Ellicott Creek across from the store on Ellicott Creek Rd, paid overnight excursions, outdoor education, equipment rentals (kayaks, canoes, snowshoes), and whitewater rafting on Cattaraugus Creek. Check the web-site for activities and contact information. Paths, Peaks and Paddles

Adventure-Calls – Activities include paid whitewater rafting and kayaking trips on Cattaraugus Creek and the Genesee River in the Letchworth State Park gorge. (Seeing the gorge from the top is spectacular, but paddling through it and looking up provides an altogether different view.)


NOTE: If you’ve had a particularly memorable outdoor excursion, let us know about it and we’ll share with the Niagara Sierra Club membership. Send a brief email summary to Vicki or Ron. Include the date and relevant contact information.

October 27, 2013 (Submitted by Ron Missel)

I spent the weekend kayaking at Fish Creek Cabin Resorts in Taberg, NY, a little northeast of Oneida Lake. The resort includes a dozen cabins on the banks of Fish Creek. The cabins are all new, sleep 2 – 4 people, and have all amenities. The owners, Tim Schoen and his brother, are gracious hosts. Activities include shuttles for whitewater kayaking and rafting in the spring, still water kayaking/canoeing in summer and fall, fly fishing and canoe fishing all season, and access to snow mobiling and x-country skiing. If nothing else, the fall foliage is outstanding. Feel free to call me direct at 913-7866 if you have questions.   Fish Creek Cabin Resort