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.
Kathy Glatz, Certified Leader, Denver
Dan Ridgeway, Certified Leader,
Rachel Cleaves, Certified
Rundell Brown, Treasurer
Lisa Dawson, Volunteer Coordinator
Michael Le Desma,
Certified Leader, Boulder