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.


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

May 16, 2022

This week, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids is launching a week of advocacy with the goal of closing the nature equity gap and empowering youth and families across the country to make critical direct connections with nature. The week is highlighted by…

May 12, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Tuesday May 17, a group of youth environmental leaders will be joined by officials from the Biden Administration for a day of outdoor activity in Washington’s Rock Creek Park to call for greater youth access to nature. The…

May 9, 2022

The National Park Service’s invested $61 million in critical urban parks and green space projects in 26 cities across the country. The grants were awarded through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership program. $61 million is the most funding…

May 3, 2022

Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee began its mark-up of a major outdoor recreation legislative package, which includes the Outdoors for All Act. If passed, the Outdoors for All Act would permanently authorize the Outdoor…

April 15, 2022

The annual National Park Week returns from April 16–24. The event celebrates national parks and historical sites and encourages everyone to get outdoors and explore the history, culture, and landscapes of these lands and waters. Many national parks…