“A wee child toddling in a wonder world.... I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least, I am a Pagan.”
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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