Inspiring Connections Outdoors

Inspiring Connections Outdoors

Inspiring Connections Outdoors

Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) is a Chapter Outings program of Sierra Club. ICO contributes to the creation of outdoor equity by connecting youth with limited access to the outdoors through outings that promote wellness, connection & leadership. 


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

About Our Program

ICO volunteers receive training to plan & lead inclusive affirming outings co-created with local youth partners. Opportunities to contribute are many. Find ways to get involved by connecting with your local ICO group.

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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.

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

November 30, 2023

Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.-44) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) co-hosted a press conference today on the steps of the Capitol Building to highlight the strong bipartisan support for the Outdoors for All Act, which…

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.