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 camilla.feibelman@sierraclub.org or 505-­715­-8388.

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


News from around the chapter

Supporting the Rio Grande Chapter, Honoring Carole Evans’ Life

Carole Evans, a passionate activist, passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 31, 2023 at the age of 78. We are deeply grateful to Carole's family for their commitment to and concern for enjoying and protecting the Bosque.  We ... Read More

Hiring: Chapter Climate Organizer & Chapter Coordinator

Hiring: Chapter Climate Organizer & Chapter Coordinator
Our Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, representing over 35,000 members and supporters in New Mexico and West Texas, is hiring for two positions: chapter coordinator and climate organizer ... Read More

Bridge to the Ancestors

Bridge to the Ancestors
From March 24th through April 2nd, Antoinette Reyes joined the Carrizozo Comecrudo tribe in their bridge to the Ancestors Walk / run across Texas, which the tribe hosted to bring attention to the impacts of oil and gas extraction on ... Read More

Will you outlive your garbage?

Will you outlive your garbage?
By Carol P. Chamberland, Central New Mexico Zero Waste Recently a friend sent me a disturbing chart on the decomposition rates of various types of garbage. I looked further into the matter and found it’s worse than I thought. Way worse. America ... Read More