About

Mission Statement

To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
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 these objectives.

The Sierra Club – Kansas Chapter


The Sierra Club’s Kansas Chapter is broadly diversified by geography and region, from the urban and suburban areas surrounding Kansas City and Wichita in the eastern part of the state, through the Flint Hills region of central Kansas, and across the High Plains of western Kansas. As such, the Chapter faces a variety of environmental challenges, as well as enjoying many great opportunities for outings, hiking, and viewing wildlife.

The Chapter’s major challenges include the impact of industrial agriculture and meat production on water supply and quality, on urban and rural air quality, and on wildlife. The growth of the energy sector in Kansas has led many farmers and ranchers turn to oil and gas production for income, leading to concerns about hydraulic fracturing and other fossil fuel issues. Additionally, the Kansas Sierra Club has taken an activist role in regional politics in response to the overall encroachment of reactionary extremists on issues ranging from climate science to environmental protections.

The Kansas Chapter is vibrant and active, with members engaged in many of the opportunities and activities offered by the Sierra Club, including outings, general meetings, political activism, and a variety of social and educational activities.

New members are welcome, and all members are invited to bring their ideas and initiatives on developing new Sierra Club activities. General Meetings and most Executive Committee meetings are open to all members and the general public.


Don't take our word for it

From the habitats and ecosystems we’ve protected, to the outings we’ve hosted around the world,
it’s not hard to understand why Sierra Club is synonymous with the natural places we’ve preserved.

  • While the Koch-influenced Kansas State Legislature attempted to pass a law requiring ‘alternate views’ of climate change to be taught in Kansas classrooms, the Sierra Club's Kansas Chapter funded a series of grants to educators teaching climate change. These grants enabled educators to purchase equipment for experiments and artwork, as well as to attend conferences on climate change instruction. First conceived and approved by the Kansas Chapter almost two years ago, this grant program is the first of its kind to be offered by the Sierra Club.Through the Chapter's connection with the Kansas National Education Association word of these grants reached school districts throughout the state.
    Recognition by the National Sierra Club,
  • I am writing in support of Dan Whisler and the KidWind Science Project. I had the privilege of participating in one of his workshops and not only did I learn a lot, but I also got re-energized and enthused about teaching students science from an energy standpoint. The workshop utilized hands-on activities to engage students at all levels. By allowing Dan and the KidWind Project to expand to more school and educators, the number of students reached will grow exponentially. Eventually these students will become voters and informed citizens who can compete globally in the modern era.
    Carrie Newdigger, Macksville High School,
  • I hosted a KidWind workshop last week in Hutchinson and it was very well received! Six teachers went home after the training with the kits provided by the grant. Thanks again for your support! ~ 2013 Sierra Club-Kansas Chapter Education Grant recipient
    Dan Whisler, Sterling High School,
  • Right now, we are starting our climate change unit and it's exciting. Students are making movie trailers about various aspects of climate change! ~ 2013 Sierra Club-Kansas Chapter Education Grant recipient
    Blake Smith, Maize South High School,
  • The items I have purchased so far have been wonderful and the kids are loving the lessons on climate change. (2013 Sierra Club-Kansas Chapter Education Grant recipient)
    Misty Lambeth, Countryside Elementary School in Olathe,
  • The air we breathe, the water we drink, the streams we fish, the game we hunt and the way in which we provide, use, and make demands of the environment, touch every aspect of our lives in Kansas. The work of the Kansas Sierra Club ensures that we leave a clean, healthy, and safe planet to our children and grandchildren.

    Chris Cardinal, Member
  • I recently attended a conference about science, technology, engineering, math, and wind energy in which [2013 Sierra Club-Kansas Chapter Education Grant recipient] Dan Whisler shared a leadership role…. My expectations were very high concerning what I would take away from this conference. Not only were they met, but Dan exceeded my expectations….he also did a great job sharing some of his techniques in the classroom.
    Jana Moler, Buhler High School