Sierra Club has changed the name of our program to get kids outdoors, Inner City Outings, to Inspiring Connections Outdoors. Not all communities have "inner cities", but all communities have kids that need help experiencing the great outdoors and the joys of Mother Nature. We think the new name better connotes our efforts to get all kids everywhere into the forests, deserts, and anywhere out under the sun or rain or snow.
In 1976, the Sierra Club took a successful program idea from its San Francisco Bay Chapter and established a nationwide Inner City Outings Program (ICO) to provide safe and fun wilderness trips to low-income youth, physically disabled individuals, and others who have limited access to the outdoors. Today the Club has 50 volunteer-run ICO groups that conduct more than 800 outings for approximately 14,000 youth each year. The goal of these outings is to allow kids to discover the beauty and fascination of wild area, get them interested in spending more time there, find careers in areas close to nature, and implement John Muir's assertion that people who experience wilderness firsthand are much more likely to preserve it for future generations.
The Central Oregon Inner City Outings program was established in 2012 with a small core group of volunteers. They are working with local youth organizations to establish a regular program of nature outings in the Central Oregon area. Our goal is to grow the program by recruiting additional outings leaders that will allow a regular outings schedule to be established with several local youth organizations. To learn more about our programs and how you can become involved, go to our Take Action: Inspiring Connections Outdoors page.