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

Giving Tuesday – December 3

Giving Tuesday - December 3

Your Rio Grande Chapter needs you! We are volunteer-led, and that corps of volunteers is at the heart of our effectiveness. Be part of a long and important Sierra Club legacy of grassroots activism by volunteering. No matter your skills ... Read More

Chapter elections – online ballot

Chapter elections - online ballot

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club has executive committees at the state and local levels. ExComm members are responsible for determining priorities and actions. Please take the time to select the candidates to represent you ... Read More

Want to lead hikes for the Rio Grande Sierra Club?

Want to lead hikes for the Rio Grande Sierra Club?

We want you! As a Sierra Club Outings leader, join others in exploring our wild lands and share your love for nature with others. You could be hiking, backpacking, kayaking, bicycling or doing service work — it’s up to you, ... Read More

Rio Grande Chapter candidate statements

Rio Grande Chapter candidate statements

Below are statements of candidates for Rio Grande Chapter Executive Committee and for Northern New Mexico Group Executive Committee. Only candidate statements for contested races are listed here: Rio Grande Chapter (three open spots): Dale Doremus I have lived and ... Read More