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

Volunteer hero: Fred Houdek

Volunteer hero: Fred Houdek
The Sierra Club has been the lucky beneficiary of the incredible leadership skills from Fred Houdek. We’re so lucky to have had him for all these years as our Central Group Chair ... Read More

Chair’s column: Make our chapter your home for activism

Chair's column: Make our chapter your home for activism
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National Sierra Club Elections are Underway – VOTE!

National Sierra Club Elections are Underway - VOTE!
In a typical year, fewer than 10% of eligible Sierra Club members vote in the Board elections and the percentage has been declining. A minimum of 5% participation is required for elections to be valid, according to our bylaws. Please ... Read More

Want to lead hikes for the Rio Grande Sierra Club?

Want to lead hikes for the Rio Grande Sierra Club?
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