Your Favorite Travel Spot Needs You: How to Protect the Outdoor Places We Love

Whether you’re packing up the family for a National Parks tour or getting in a historical monuments road trip, you can give your trips new meaning this summer with Team Sierra.  We love Team Sierra’s fun community of planet-lovers – they’ve come together to raise funds to benefit Sierra Club because protecting the places we live and play is so important and each of us can make a real impact when we all take action together.  Team Sierra is dedicated to protecting our public lands, making the outdoors more accessible for everyone, and helping cities commit to 100% renewable energy, and we highly encourage you to join the team!

It’s never been more important to protect our planet – more than preserving the places we love to visit, it’s also about leaving the world a better place for our children. With Team Sierra, you and the family can set up your own fundraising webpage with one of their many events or create your own campaign.  Every Team Sierra member gets 1:1 support from a professional staff member, and earns Team Sierra swag as they go! Team Sierra and Sierra Club have also proven that they know how to make an impact. As the largest environmental grassroots non-profit, Sierra Club is known for bringing people together to make real change – which is also what makes Team Sierra’s fundraising program so powerful.

Examples of family-friendly campaigns you can create:

The Outdoor Challenge

Use your family trip to challenge yourselves to explore, enjoy, and protect the beautiful places that you see.  The Outdoor Challenge is happening now and wraps up on August 10th, National S’mores Day.  Complete activities like birdwatching, beach cleanup, or hiking a new spot and raise money to earn exclusive collector’s badges that the kids can show off on their backpacks come September!

My Favorite Species

Whether you’ve got sea turtle fans or want to keep the pollinators around for the beautiful flowers, you can dedicate your fundraising to your most beloved species.*  When you pass the $39 mark, you’ll get a plush animal for the littlest, and a fun educational book about endangered species for that summer reading challenge.

My Finish Line

For many, the idea of running 13 miles is unappealing.  For parents who’ve shared a sedan with their 3 kids for the past week, the thought of stretching one’s legs in solitude for 13 miles is a dream.  Join one of Team Sierra’s race events to get those endorphins going and earn that cold beverage.

Create Your Own

Dedicate your road trip to fundraising for our planet by asking supporters for a dollar for every fun fact the kids share about the most recent pit-stop.  Turn those planet themed drawings into greeting cards and auction them off to the fans! It’ so great that there are so many non-profit fundraising ideas out there to help our planet.

By family fundraising, you’re not only giving back to Sierra Club, you’re spreading their mission to the next generation. Sierra Club Mission Statement: To explore, enjoy and protect the planet. To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems 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 those objectives.

How it works:

Set up your fundraising page today!

Note: Sierra Club policy dictates that fundraising pages must be created and managed by an adult 18 or over, but feel free to create a page on behalf of your family!

*My Favorite Species fundraising goes to the general mission of Sierra Club, not to a particular species.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.



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