Sierra Club Inner City Outings is a community outreach program that provides opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore enjoy and protect the natural world.
The Sierra Club, which is the oldest environmental organization in America. The Sierra Club works to protect all living things and the land, water and air that surrounds all living things (that is, the environment). It also promotes responsible enjoyment of the outdoors by human beings, and the recognition that people are part of their environment, not separate and above it. Hartford ICO takes participants on a variety of outings with the goal of helping them gain an appreciation for the out-of-doors and a better understanding of the natural world. ICO provides trained leaders, equipment, transportation and everything else needed for trips such as hiking, biking, ice-skating, roller blading, cross country skiing, whitewater rafting, and camping.
What ICO Accomplishes
The ICO program provides participants with an ongoing activity, a supportive group of peers and consistent mentorship from community adults. ICO participants develop leadership, interpersonal, problem-solving skills and increased self-esteem through active involvement with nature. They work together to achieve challenging personal and team goals. ICO volunteers benefit tremendously from their interaction with children and youths of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and from the opportunity to give something to their community.
In addition to trained and certified leaders, ICO furnishes all the equipment and specialized clothing, which is needed for outdoor activities and the curricular materials, which are used in educational programming. In most cases, ICO also provides food and covers admission fees. All costs are paid for by ICO. Activities include day hikes, camping, backpacking, canoeing, sailing, bicycling, rafting, cross-country skiing, ice-skating, orienteering, and more.