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!

April 11, 2022

Today, the Biden Administration announced the America the Beautiful Challenge, a $1 billion initiative to accelerate land, water, and wildlife conservation efforts across the United States. The initiative will be based on a public-private…

March 21, 2022

With its scientifically proven benefits to physical and mental health, one solution to the national youth mental health crisis is to encourage youth access to nature and the outdoors. Multiple studies demonstrate nature can help relieve depression…

March 15, 2022

Today, President Joe Biden signed the FY2022 omnibus spending package into law. The bill provides much-needed funding increases for vital government agencies and essential services, reversing years of cuts under the previous administration. The…

February 14, 2022

The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) sent two letters to Capitol Hill on Monday calling for members of Congress to pass the Environmental Justice for All Act and a proposed outdoor recreation legislative package being considered by the Senate Energy…

February 6, 2022

Nearly 30 outdoor recreation groups, youth advocacy organizations, and businesses sent a letter to Capitol Hill urging members of Congress to pass an FY22 budget that includes ambitious funding to expand access to the outdoors for all.