Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors
Our Mission: Sierra Club ICO is a community outreach program that provides opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy, and protect the natural world.
About Inner City Outings
In 1976, the Sierra Club took a successful program idea from its San Francisco Bay Chapter and established a nationwide Inner City Outings Program (called ICO for short) to provide safe and fun wilderness trips to low-income youth, physically disabled individuals, and others who have limited access to the outdoors.
Today, the Club has 50 volunteer-run ICO groups that conduct more than 800 outings for approximately 14,000 youth each year. By helping these participants discover the beauty of wild lands, ICO helps the Club build support for environmental protection in urban communities across the country, supporting John Muir’s assertion that people who experience wilderness firsthand are much more likely to preserve it for future generations.
Promote appreciation and protection of the natural environment through wilderness adventures and environmental education.
Create opportunities for personal development by linking participants from different cultures, foster respect of self and others, and provide participants with outdoor skills training and leadership opportunities.