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!

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.

March 16, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2023 was introduced with bipartisan support in the Senate.

February 15, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Sens. Alex Padilla and Susan Collins reintroduced the Outdoors for All Act in Congress.

February 8, 2023

LANSING, MICHIGAN – Today, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the “Nature Awaits” program, which would grant every Michigan fourth grader a free field trip to a state park. The governor’s recent budget allocated $4 million to the program,…

January 26, 2023

Next week, Detroit Outdoors is hosting and facilitating a virtual panel discussion featuring Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) athletes and advocates to share their experiences and advice about engaging in outdoor recreation. Join us for a…