Seattle Inner City Outings

Providing outdoor experiences for Seattle area youth

Our Mission

Sierra Club Inner City Outings (ICO) is a community outreach program providing opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world.

ICO volunteers work through partnerships with selected elementary, middle, and high schools and agencies serving youth in the Seattle area. Our youth range in age from 8 to 20, and represent diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. ICO provides food, transportation and leaders trained in first-aid, CPR, environmental education and youth leadership.

Seattle's ICO program is in constant need of energetic new volunteers to drive Seattle youth to get active. One hundred volunteers give their time, sweat, and brilliance, to provide exciting learning and exploring opportunities for the youth.  ICO stays successful by continuing to attract interested people with an active concern for our community's future. To learn more about volunteering with Seattle ICO see our Volunteer page.

In the News

Read about Seattle ICO in the Seattle P-I and Horizon Air's In-flight magazine: Our Scavenger Hunt Fundraiser, a typical ICO trip, and Horizon Air magazine's profile.

Upcoming Outings

WMS Snow Outing
Saturday, January 10, 2015
WMS snow outing. Snoeshoeing or xc skiing. Location TBD

Madrona 6-8th Snow Outing
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Snowshoeing at Gold Basin or similar. Teacher Nick teaching wilderness survival and will incorporate elements of this.

Tukwila Elementary - Snowshoeing
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Snowshoeing outing. Location TBD.

History and Future

23 years and growing!

Seattle Inner City Outings began as part of the Washington State Chapter of the Sierra Club in 1991, and has grown to become one of the most active ICO programs in the National Sierra Club. The first ICO group was established in 1971 as part of the San Francisco Bay Sierra Club Chapter. There are now approximately 50 groups across the country serving thousands of participants each year. Seattle ICO operates as an all-volunteer organization in partnership with local schools/nonprofit agencies, serving several hundred of Seattle's youth each year, providing opportunities to experience, learn about and enjoy the outdoors.

Kids sitting on giant tree stump