The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club is a volunteer-led organization representing more than 7,000 members in New Mexico and West Texas. Our mission to is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet, and we prioritize action on protecting our climate, clean air, clean water, and conservation of wildlife and public lands in New Mexico and West Texas.

The Rio Grande Chapter was founded in 1963 and originally included New Mexico and all of Texas. In 1965, the Lone Star Chapter was formed. Lone Star encompasses all of Texas except for El Paso, Hudspeth and Culberson counties, which stayed with Rio Grande to this day.

Five regional groups make up the chapter:

  • Northern New Mexico Group
  • Pajarito Group (Los Alamos area)
  • Central New Mexico Group
  • Southern New Mexico Group
  • El Paso Group

Each group has at least one representative on the chapter Executive Committee, which is made up of volunteers elected by members. To see the makeup of the Executive Committee or to contact a chapter leader, please click here.

The Executive Committee meets in person four times yearly to set priorities, vote on political endorsements and make decisions on budget and hiring of staff. The chapter currently employs two full­-time employees and one part-­time employee.

For more information, please contact Chapter Director Camilla Feibelman at or 505-­715­-8388.

Featured photo of sandhill cranes by Justine Belson, USFWS from Pixnio 


News from around the chapter

People’s Climate Movement – September 8

People's Climate Movement - September 8
On September 8th, after months of organizing and movement-building, the Peoples Climate Movement will bring tens of thousands of people across the country into the streets, town halls, and community forums ... Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Shannon Romeling

Volunteer Spotlight: Shannon Romeling
Meet Shannon Romeling, the newest member of our chapter Executive Committee and an active part of Water Sentinels — Rios de Taos ... Read More

Celebrating 55 years as a chapter: Lifetime member Derek Wallentinsen

Celebrating 55 years as a chapter: Lifetime member Derek Wallentinsen
2018 is our 55th anniversary. Throughout the year, in the Sierran and on our website, we’ll be looking back at some of the events, issues, victories and struggles that shaped New Mexico and El Paso. Meet lifetime member Derek Wallentinsen ... Read More

55th anniversary: Lifetime member Bette Korber

55th anniversary: Lifetime member Bette Korber
Throughout our 55th anniversary, the Rio Grande Chapter is featuring past campaigns and lifetime chapter members. Read our note from lifetime member Bette Korber ... Read More