Sierra Club Inner City Outings Spokane


Program Summary:


Founded in 1971, Inner City Outings (ICO) is the Sierra Club’s community outreach program. Through ICO, young people, who often lack the adult role models and support needed to develop a positive self-image, learn valuable and character-building outdoor skills, and strengthen their abilities to face challenges within and outside urban environments. The Spokane ICO is one of nearly 50 ICO programs nationwide. ICO groups are responsible for raising their own funds; recruiting and training volunteer
trip leaders and assistants, and planning outings.

 The goals of the Sierra Club’s ICO program are to:

Promote appreciation for and protection of the natural environment through wilderness adventures and environmental education; and to create opportunities for personal growth and development by linking participants from different cultures, fostering respect for self and others, nurturing self-reliance, and providing participants with outdoor skills training and leadership opportunities.


Beginning in 2006, the Sierra Club’s Spokane ICO program began providing instructive year-round nature experiences for urban youth who would not otherwise enjoy these unique opportunities. Staffed entirely by volunteers, the Spokane Inner City Outings Program:

• Promotes character-building outdoor activities as alternatives to violence, alcohol, drugs, and  boredom;

• Provides urban youth with safe challenges in natural settings that develop self-esteem, decision-making,  and team-building skills;

• Instills new perspectives, environmental awareness, appreciation for the wilderness, and leadership skills;

• Encourages positive relationships between youth and adults; and

• Develops volunteerism as a desirable ethic.


Our Mission:

Sierra Club Inner City Outings (ICO) is a community based outreach program providing opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world.

Spokane ICO leader Chris Bachman with engaged participants. 

Snowshoe outing, February 2008