Detroit Inspiring Connections Outdoors

Detroit Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO), an outdoor adventure and environmental education program of the Sierra Club, provides urban youth with positive outdoor experiences. Detroit ICO is also excited to be a collaborative member of the Detroit Outdoors youth camping initiative at the city's only campground: Scout Hollow. Our volunteer leaders work in diverse communities with local agencies, such as schools, youth development organizations, church and neighborhood youth groups, and outdoor clubs, to provide wilderness experiences and environmental education for people who otherwise might not have the them. Read about one of our camping trips at the Sierra Club Outdoors blog.

We provide the equipment, leaders and fun!  The past several years we have led trips that include:

  • Snow Shoeing
  • Skiing with the Jim Dandy Ski Club
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Canoeing, Kayaking, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Environmental Education Outings

Our focus is to explore the natural settings in and around Detroit, while building community. 

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Detroit ICO Donation Information

As a non-profit organization, Detroit ICO accepts both monetary and equipment (in-kind) donations. Outing costs include transportation, park or facility entry fees, food and supplies. Gifts can also be directed to the Detroit Outdoors youth camping collaborative at Scout Hollow in Rouge Park.

Equipment (In-Kind) Donations

We will accept outdoor gear and clothing for our participants as long as it is in good condition. We feel it is important that our participants and leaders have quality, reliable gear for our outings. Please call 248-291-5089.

Monetary Donations

Cash donations to ICO and Detroit Outdoors are tax deductible through the Sierra Club Foundation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

If you would like to make your gift by check, then please make out to "Sierra Club Foundation/Detroit ICO" or  "Sierra Club Foundation/Detroit Oudoors" (depending on your preference) and mail to: The Sierra Club Foundation, 2101 Webster Street, Suite 1250, Oakland, CA 94612.