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Sierra Club Inner City Outings is a community outreach program that
provides opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy and protect the
Inner City Outings (ICO) is a
community outreach program of the Sierra Club that provides low-income, inner city youth
with trips to wilderness. The Sierra Club San Francisco Bay chapter established the first
ICO group in 1971. Today, a dedicated core of volunteer leaders located in approximately
50 cities across the United States work with local social service agencies and schools to
provide wilderness experiences for people who otherwise might not have them.
| With the guidance of ICO volunteer leaders,
participants discover the beauty of wild lands and how to enjoy these places without
harming them. Young people learn valuable survival skills and develop the ability to face
challenges outside their urban environments. Interpersonal skills and self-esteem grow as
a natural result of teamwork and an active relationship with the outdoors.
Sierra Club ICO volunteers are
certified and trained in recreational, outdoor, and safety skills as well as environmental
education. ICO leaders enable youth of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, hearing or
visually impaired, and the physically disabled to backpack, participate in neighborhood
cleanups and/or naturalist-led hikes through local marshes and meadows. ICO volunteer
leaders introduce all people to the natural world.
To preserve and protect the
wilderness for future generations, it is vital that the environmental community engages
people of wide-ranging ethnicities, cultures, and abilities. The Sierra Club, through the
Inner City Outings program, hopes to infuse the environmental community with the power of
For information on how you can support or participate in the
Houston ICO program, contact Lorraine Gibson at 281-384-4104 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Houston ICO: Glacier Institute Summer Trip
Houston Inner City Outings (ICO) hosted twenty-nine students from KIPP Houston
High School and seven students from Chinquapin High School, who spent two weeks at the
Glacier Institute's Big Creek Outdoor Education Center in Montana. Twenty of these
students backpacked for six days in the Jewel Basin of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Houston ICO provided five of the ten adult leaders. (Sep 07) More==>
Houston Inner City Outings: Women in the Wild
From January 21st to the 23rd , the young women of Chinquapin School with great enthusiasm
and optimism spent a weekend with Sierra Club Houston Inner City Outings leaders, Angie
Langolf, Lorraine Gibson, and Ave Rojas at the Brazos Bend State Park. The all female
group set up camp under an unpredictable sky and put their faith in Nature's plan. Threats
of rain and freezing temperatures did not quiet their laughter or curb their curiosity.
(Apr 05) More==>
Inner City Outings - Houston ICO
On November 6th, twenty-six 4th and 5th graders from I Have A Dream-Bastain Elementary
were treated to a day of outdoor fun at Sheldon Lake State Park. When Houston Inner City
Outings planned this trip, we had no idea it would be a sunny day just perfect for
fishing. (Feb 05) More==>
ICO Big Bend TripSierra Club Houston's Inner City Outings group coordinated the National ICO
Regional Outing to Big Bend National Park October 26-30th. Youth from Denver and
Austin participated with Houston inner city youth. (Feb 01) More==>