Who we are
Tucson ICO is a group of environmentally and socially conscious volunteers that enjoy sharing our love for the natural world with at-risk youth and their families. We are trained in safe recreation, environmental education and specialized skills for working with urban communities in the wilderness. We believe that time spent in nature can teach, inspire, and heal, an experience that benefits everyone within our community and around the world.
Tucson ICO History and Future
Tucson ICO began as part of the Rincon Chapter of the Sierra Club in 1991, and has grown to become a very active program of the National Sierra Club. The first ICO group was established in 1971 as part of the San Francisco Bay Sierra Club Chapter. There are now approximately 50 groups across the country serving thousands of participants each year. Tucson ICO operates as an all-volunteer organization in partnership with local schools/nonprofit agencies, serving several hundred of Tucson's youth each year, providing opportunities to experience, learn about and enjoy the outdoors.
we are growing
We are looking to expand our program to include a youth leader training component for our teenage participants to become leaders. Trainees will work with certified adult ICO leaders and learn how to plan a trip, use maps and compasses, and determine necessary food, transportation, and equipment to pull off a successful trip. But, to make this additional program possible, we need dedicated volunteers and additional funding.