Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) is a community outreach program that provides opportunities for youth and adults to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world. ICO is dedicated to providing outdoor opportunities to people that would not otherwise have them, including low-income youth of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  Louisville’s ICO program was established in 2007 and has served the needs of youth from many local agencies. 
ICO is made up entirely of volunteer leaders who organize a variety of outdoor adventures, including hiking, camping, canoeing, and service learning. Outings locations have included Mammoth Cave, Bernheim Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Red River Gorge and many others. In addition to experiencing fun-filled activities, participants are introduced to the natural world and encouraged to respect it.
“Girls from one of our international programs on their very first camping trip at Jefferson Memorial Forest.”
Louisville’s ICO program would not function without the help of our adult leaders and volunteers.  It also provides opportunities for youth leaders, age 14-17.  New leaders and volunteers are always welcome and needed, as is funding for our outings. If interested, please contact Carol Hanchette (clhanchette@yahoo.com).