Inner City Outings (ICO), is a community outreach program of the Sierra Club. This program seeks to provide urban youth and adults with positive outdoor experiences. The goal of ICO is to allow participants to discover the beauty of wild places and learn how to enjoy and protect our wild environments. By bringing people of diverse backgrounds into the environmental community, it is hoped that the ICO program strengthens the ranks of the environmental movement at large.
The Charlotte ICO Group works with and is currently seeking local agencies and community centers to lead hikes and other outings. The program is made possible by its volunteers who give generously of their time and skills to participate in training, receive first aid education, and lead outings. Financial support from foundations and individuals is always needed and appreciated.
The first Inner City Outings took place in 1971 in San Francisco. Since then, this Sierra Club program has spread all across the country, helping youth, who normally wouldn’t have the chance to explore and care for the great outdoors. However, we need leaders who love to share their enthusiasm for kids, teaching, and having fun.
Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering. Before you know it, you will be having more fun than the kids!