Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO)

Laughter and Learning

The Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) program is a community outreach program of the Sierra Club that provides disadvantaged and at-risk youth with positive outdoor experiences. The first ICO group was established in San Francisco in 1971, and now there are about 50 ICO groups in the country conducting as many as 1,000 outings a year serving about 13,000 participants, age 8 to 18 years old.

The Suwannee-St. Johns Sierra Club is very proud to host one of these special groups – Gainesville ICO.  We take local kids on hikes, paddling on rivers, camping, and more. Thanks to ICO, these young participants discover plants and animals and a whole new world is opened to them. Exposing children to nature is essential if we want to preserve and conserve natural areas in the future.

Would you like to volunteer or donate to this effort? 

Please contact Maryvonne Devensky at or call 352-871-1606.