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Welcome

Share the experience of nature and environmental education with local inner city youth! Through Inner City Outings, urban youth are provided the opportunity to discover the beauty of wild places, develop an appreciation for nature, and acquire skills to enjoy these places safely.

Who are we?

Inner City Outings (ICO) is a community outreach program of the Sierra Club dedicated to helping urban youth discover the outdoors.

ICO provides adult supervision, equipment, food and transportation for exploring local natural treasures in San Diego County, hosting camping trips in the surrounding mountains and desert, and distant adventures to places such as Sequoia National Park.

San Diego ICO is completely volunteer run. The program commenced in November 2001 and has 5 active leaders serving 11 agencies with about 22 volunteers. All activities are free for the children and donations directly fund adventures for the kids, who come from the following 11 agencies (check our agencies page for more details).
Pam Clark, Teacher, Promise Charter School:
"There is no doubt in my mind about the unique benefits of the program. Over and over, the children comment that the ICO trip is the first time they have ever been, seen, or done the kinds of things we do, and the most memorable experience of their lives.

We have seen our children flourish in new environments and make connections to their learning back in school. We are grateful for the expertise, reliability, dedication, organizational skill, hard work, and long hours of the ICO volunteers that have made this such a wonderful experience. We could not ask for a more trustworthy group."

  • America's Finest Charter School
  • City Heights Community Development Corporation
  • Community Housing Works - Escondido Cluster
  • Community Housing Works - Fallbrook Cluster
  • Community Housing Works - Poway Cluster
  • Community Housing Works - San Diego Cluster
  • Community Housing Works - Westside Cluster
  • Harriet Tubman Village Charter School
  • McPhatter Community School (Middle)
  • Otay Elementary School
  • Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC)

Why is this important?

Despite San Diegoís beauty, many children do not have access to open spaces they can safely explore. More and more, children are leading sedentary lives because they do not have the opportunity to be active outside, or know what opportunities exist.

ICO helps urban youth learn how to safely explore nature. Our trips provide a chance for kids to be kids - to climb rocks, splash in a stream, look at bugs, and be master of the mountaintop Ė while developing new skills and a desire to explore and protect open spaces. Check the photo gallery to see all the fun.

How you can help:

Volunteer - Do you like kids? Do you like the outdoors? Join an ICO day trip and see if itís a match for you. Check the calendar to find out what trips are planned or attend a new volunteer orientation meeting. For more information on volunteering, check the volunteering page, email Allan Fein or call at 858-449-3333.

Sponsor - Make it possible for a child to go on their first outing, sleep under a sky full of stars, or learn how to backpack. All cash donations are tax-deductible through The Sierra Club Foundation. Employer matching is also welcome. For more information how you can contribute, check our donating page, email Mike Gilligan or call at 619-992-7181.

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