Sierra Club Inner City Outings Mission

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.


An Introduction to Minnesota ICO

Minnesota Inner City Outings ( MN ICO ) of the North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club enables predominantly low-income urban youth the opportunity to benefit from exposure to the natural environment. In conjunction with community agencies, MN ICO leads small groups of youth on, what is for many, their first wilderness experience. Using outdoor recreation as its primary vehicle, MN ICO relies on a close-knit, dedicated, and well-trained group of volunteers to create an unforgettable experience for its participants.


Currently working in collaboration with four community-based agencies, MN ICO runs day trips to protected natural areas throughout the metro area. Each agency is responsible for recruiting participants, while MN ICO supplies outing leadership, equipment, transportation, and food. Previous MN ICO activities have included hiking, biking, camping, backpacking, canoeing, skiing, and dog sledding.