Inspiring Connections Outdoors
Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors is a community outreach program that provides opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world.
An Introduction to Minnesota ICO
Minnesota Inspiring Connections Outdoors ( MN ICO ) of the North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club enables predominantly low-income urban youth the opportunity to benefit from exposure to the natural environment. In conjunction with community agencies, MN ICO leads small groups of youth on, what is for many, their first wilderness experience. Using outdoor recreation as its primary vehicle, MN ICO relies on a close-knit, dedicated, and well-trained group of volunteers to create an unforgettable experience for its participants.
MN ICO works in collaboration with community-based agencies to run day trips to protected natural areas throughout the metro area. Each agency is responsible for recruiting participants, while MN ICO supplies outing leadership, equipment, transportation, and food. Previous MN ICO activities have included hiking, biking, camping, backpacking, canoeing, skiing, and dog sledding.
Sierra Club North Star Chapter
2327 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 1
Minneapolis MN 55406-1024