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Mission Statement

Sierra Club Inner City Outings is a community outreach program that provides opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world.


The Sierra Club San Francisco Bay chapter established the first ICO group in 1971. Today, a dedicated core of volunteer leaders located in approximately 50 cities across the United States work with local social service agencies and schools to provide wilderness experiences for people who otherwise might not have them.


With the guidance of ICO volunteer leaders, participants discover the beauty of wild lands and how to enjoy these places without harming them. Young people learn valuable survival skills and develop the ability to face challenges outside their urban environments. Interpersonal skills and self-esteem grow as a natural result of teamwork and an active relationship with the outdoors.

To preserve and protect the wilderness for future generations, it is vital that the environmental community engages people of wide-ranging ethnicities, cultures, and abilities. The Sierra Club, through the Inner City Outings program, hopes to infuse the environmental community with the power of diversity.

Inner City Outings operates nationwide, with local chapters


Inner City Outings is a volunteer-run organization.  Our trip leaders, trip assistance, administrative support, and steering committee work hard to provide life-changing experiences for youth and adults.  Please feel free to drop us an e-mail if you have any questions or comments. 

Steering Committee

Bill Myers, Chairperson

Kathy Glatz, Certified Leader, Denver

Dan Ridgeway, Certified Leader, Denver

Rachel Cleaves, Certified Leader, Denver

Rundell Brown, Treasurer

Lisa Dawson, Volunteer Coordinator

Michael Le Desma, Certified Leader, Boulder



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