Adventure Film Festival by Ted Bloch
Organized by: Theodore Bloch
EVENT DATE Nov 12, 2014
In 1976, the Sierra Club established a nationwide Inner City Outings Program (called ICO for short) to provide safe and fun wilderness trips to those with limited access to the outdoors – especially youth. In 2014, the name changed to Inspiring Connections Outdoors.
Today, the Club has 55 ICO groups nationwide whose volunteer leaders conduct more than 800 outings for approximately 14,000 people each year. By helping these participants discover, enjoy and explore the beauty of natural places, ICO helps the Club build support for environmental protection in urban, suburban and rural communities across the country, supporting John Muir’s assertion that people who experience wilderness first hand are much more likely to preserve it for future generations.
Through ICO, people who would not otherwise be able to spend time in nature learn how to enjoy the outdoors safely and responsibly. From simple day hikes to weekend camping or longer backpacking trips, ICO offers a range of age-appropriate activities to help underrepresented communities explore, enjoy, and experience feeling connected with the natural places near their homes.