This is the home page for the San Franciso Bay Rafting Chapter of Inspiring Connections Outdoors, formerly known as Inner City Outings.

That's right, we have a new name. Don't worry, we're still the same ICO. Same mission. Same values.

What is Inspiring Connections Outdoors?

Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) is an all-volunteer outreach program of the Sierra Club that provides wilderness experiences for individuals who might not otherwise have them. Most participants are young people from urban communities, but ICO also conducts trips for other groups that do not have access to outdoor activities.

ICO groups vary in size and extent of activities based on the abilities of the leaders. ICO Rafting, as we call ourselves, does strictly whitewater rafting (and on-river camping). ICO Rafting is the only ICO group that specializes in whitewater rafting.

The goal of the Inspiring Connections Outdoors program is to help people discover the beauty and challenges of the wild lands we treasure, acquire the skills necessary to enjoy them safely, and learn that human activity and the natural world are interrelated. The program's success helps increase environmental awareness, interpersonal skills, and participants' self-esteem through active involvement with nature.

San Francisco Bay Chapter's ICO program is the place where ICO began, in 1971! A small group of Sierra Club outings leaders decided to take urban youth into the great outdoors. Since its founding, ICO has spread to more than 50 cities across the nation, involving hundreds of dedicated volunteers serving thousands of participants every year.

ICO Rafting Trips

ICO Rafting conducts participant trips nearly every weekend, May through September. A typical trip takes place over the course of a weekend, with two full days of rafting and one or two nights of camping near the river. There are also a number of single-day trips, some falling on weekdays, as well as the occasional multi-day expedition trip.

Our trips are typically on the South Fork of the American River, but we conduct trips on rivers all over California, including the Tuolumne, Merced, Trinity and Kings Rivers.

ICO is an all-volunteer organization. We count on our dedicated volunteers for the continuing success of the program. If you are interested in volunteering with ICO, please click here for more information!

If you have a group that you would like to take on an ICO outing, click here.

For information about other ICO opportunities outside of whitewater rafting, please visit the website of our sister group, SF Bay Backpacking ICO.