What is ICO: Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) is a community outreach program of the Sierra Club. This program seeks to provide urban youth and adults with positive outdoor experiences.The goal of ICO is to allow participants to discover the beauty of wild places and learn how to enjoy and protect our wild environments. By bringing people of diverse backgrounds into the environmental community, the ICO program strengthens the ranks of the environmental movement at large.
The first Inner City Outings took place in 1971 in San Francisco. Since then, this Sierra Club program has spread all across the country, helping youth, who normally wouldn't have the chance, explore and love the great outdoors.
The Knoxville ICO: The Knoxville ICO is actively involved with introducing children to the out-of-doors. Specially trained Harvey Broome Group volunteers partner with schools and community agencies to actively engage low-income inner city youth and adults in safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences. These outings are provided free of charge.
June 2015 Newsletter provides additional information about recent Knoxville ICO activities.
How You Can Help: The Knoxville ICO needs of donations of equipment for these outings. In particular we need youth sized daypacks, rugged water bottles that are readily cleaned, youth sized ponchos. We are starting overnight camping trips. We could use 2 person tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads. If you have any of these items in good useable condition stashed in storage places of your home that you are no longer using please consider donating them to our Knoxville ICO program. Email Mac Post or call 865-806-0980.
Also, we are looking for volunteers for not only leading outings but also for additional chaperones, logistical support, fundraising and publicity. If you want to find out more about our program contact us for information and a Prospectus.
We can use help from people who love to share their enthusiasm for kids, teaching, and having fun. Please contact one of the people below if you want to help out. Before you know it, you will be having more fun than the kids!
Harvey Broome Group ICO Leadership Team:
Chair: Mac Post
Volunteer Coordinator: Terrin Kanoa
Education Coordinator: Janet Bigelow