Inner City Outings is part of National
(ICO), an outreach program of the Sierra Club.
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.
ICO does its own fundraising to provide these
activities at little or no cost to the participants
ICO Chicago works with Partner Groups
and certified Volunteer Leaders to offer
outdoor learning experiences for kids. For details and to learn more about
ICO, please contact