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If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

~Eleonora Duse
Inner City Outings

Inner City Outings

Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) provides urban youth with outdoor activities in the natural world. We focus on the beauty of Central Florida. We are a 100% percent volunteer non profit organization. ICO leaders are certified and specially trained in recreational, outdoor, and safety skills.

The agency we are currently working with is: New Image Youth/ Parramore Kids Zone in Orlando. The Parramore Kids Zone is Mayor Buddy Dyer's program to help interrupt the cycle of poverty in Orlando. Young people learn valuable survival skills and strengthen their abilities to face challenges, both inside and outside their urban environments.

Through active involvement with nature, the ICO program increases participant's environmental awareness. Interpersonal skills and self esteem develop as a natural result of teamwork and an active relationship with the outdoors.

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ICO trip to Juniper Springs PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Muir   
Thursday, May 5 2011

Orlando ICO outing to Juniper Springs National Forest for a hike and swim.

The outing went well.  "The agency representative is a bird watcher and the kids would point out birds for her. One kid even brought a phone to school to show her photos of a bird (cardinal)."







Last Updated ( Thursday, May 5 2011 )
ICO Camping Trip, Fall 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Muir   
Sunday, November 21 2010

The Fall 2010 ICO Camping Trip was a blast!

Click on the picture to see more images from the trip.

Thanks to all who participated.



Last Updated ( Sunday, November 21 2010 )