You already know the wonderment
of frogs bobbing in ponds, hawks zooming over trees, and
thousands of stars powdering a pure black sky.
But what if you
were a child growing up in the city in a low-income family, with no
access to the great outdoors beyond the sidewalks of your
How would you find nature and learn to love it?
We invite you to join the DC Club Chapter and be part of an amazing experience with nature and children
From hiking and camping, to river cleanups and environmental
education, Inner City Outings takes children on a variety of
outings in the Washington, DC area.
All these adventures
help kids better understand the natural world
around them and how they can make a difference, while providing an
opportunity for volunteers to share their values and compassion,
and positively impact the life of a child.
One Satisfied Customer|
By Deonte, Age 12
I like the Sierra Club trips, because they take us to a lot of fun
places. A while ago they took us to Discovery Creek Children's
Museum to see a lot of different animals. The volunteers are very nice and plan all of
our trips like the Natural History Museum and the Arboretum where
we learned about all different types of trees.
What is it like to go on a trip with Inner City Outings?
The groups take on everything from hiking to canoeing to
horseback riding. On rainy days and in the coldest months, trips
move inside to places with an environmental bent. The
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, with its
IMAX theater, makes a popular inside trip, and the
National Botanical Gardens, the National Zoo, and
an indoor ice-skating rink have been on this
Each trip carries surprises and new challenges
for the children-and often the volunteers.
Volunteers and kids meet on Saturday mornings at 10am in the children's neighborhood
- Group sizes vary depending on the number of volunteers
and kids and the size of the community organization, but they
can range from 10 to 25 children, with a volunteer-to-child ratio of
1-to-1 or 1-to-2.
- Once the carpools are set, the groups head out for
destinations that many of the children have never visited or
perhaps even heard of.
- At the destination, We make sandwiches such as peanut butter and jelly and cold cuts for lunch
Camping trip to George Washington
National Forest in Virginia There leaders took the kids on
a night hike through the woods. The occasional
screams from children afraid of the dark-or afraid
of other children who were jumping out to scare
them-were to be expected. The surprise came
when everyone in the group lay down on their backs in a clearing to look
at the sky. When the last flashlight went out, the kids grew silent, amazed
at the masses of stars normally outshined by city lights.
At Skyline Caverns in
Front Royal, Virginia we took the kids underground. For many of the children, it was their first time inside a
cave. While stalactites, stalagmites, and white urchin-like formations
covered the cave, it was the subterranean streams and pools that fascinated
overnight camping trips Every year we plan an overnight trip with the children to explore nature, participate in activities and sing at the campfire. During a recent trip, Danielle Tinker who is a Naturalist-in-Training, observed how kids explore nature better than adults. Learn More
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