Inspiring Connections Outdoors

Inspiring Connections Outdoors

Inspiring Connections Outdoors

Empowering youth from communities with limited access to connect and reconnect to the outdoors—for the benefit of both. The Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) program is helping create the next generation of environmental justice and social justice leaders through building community and increasing exposure to outdoor recreation, advocacy, and leadership training.

Our 45 volunteer-run ICO groups nationwide conduct more than 900 outings for approximately 14,000 participants each year.

About Our Program

Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) provides safe and fun outdoor experiences for youth and adults from marginalized communities. ICO is part of the Outdoors for All campaign, which works to expand universal access to nature for children and youth.

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We facilitate more than 900 outings with approximately 14,000 youth each year, helping participants connect to and advocate for nature.


Sierra Club's Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) program aims to expand access to nature for more youth!
November 30, 2023

Yesterday Reps. Bruce Westerman and Raul Grijalva introduced the Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences (EXPLORE) Act, a House Outdoor Recreation package that includes legislation such as the Outdoors For All Act, Military Veterans in…

September 20, 2023

The White House announced today the creation of the American Climate Corps, which will offer young people the training and services needed for careers in the clean energy and climate resilience fields.

May 19, 2023

This year, 12 people were celebrated for their leadership and work to get more youths and families in nature, whether it was through starting outdoors clubs in their schools, organizing field trips, or working to enact important legislation.

May 4, 2023

The Transit to Trails Act promotes equitable access to parks and public lands and waters, and promotes reducing climate pollution by encouraging increased use of public transportation.

March 22, 2023

Today Reps. Raúl Grijalva and Barbara Lee and Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Cory Booker introduced the A. Donald McEachin Environmental Justice for All Act, addressing environmental justice, health equity, and climate justice for underserved communities.