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Boulder ICO provides safe and fun nature outings and wilderness adventures for Colorado youth in Boulder County and Denver who would not otherwise have these opportunities.  It is a 100% volunteer-run outreach program of the Sierra Club.

We take participants backpacking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, fishing, birding, and snowshoeing. A few of our unique trips have included wildlife camera trapping in open space, meeting wolves at a wolf sanctuary, and off-season service visits to 10th Mountain huts. 

Learn More about getting involved with our program.

Upcoming Trips & Volunteer Opportunities

Current Volunteers: Click the title of the trip to go to the trip's homepage. Log in to the website so that you can view more details and sign up for the trip.

Agencies: To add youth to a trip, select the trip from the list below, log in, and add the youth info in the fields provided towards the bottom of the trip's homepage.

Abyss Lake Backpacking
Saturday, September 05 2015 to Monday, September 07 2015 at 8:30 AM

Youth from Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School.
2 volunteers going.
Description: Beginner-level backpacking for elementary school children near Mount Evans. Fall foliage, campfires, and fishing will be enjoyed on this lovely, gentle trip in peak leaf season. Read More>>

Drew Michael

Fall colors dayhike
Saturday, September 19 2015 at 9:00 AM

Youth from Casey Middle School, Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School, Manhattan Middle School.
2 volunteers going.
Description: Join us for a moderate hike through the forests and meadows of Golden Gate Canyon State Park.  In addition to enjoying the fall colors and views of snowcapped peaks, we will visit historic settlers cabins and are likely to spot the abundant birds... Read More>>

Drew Caroline

Fall 2015 Mountain Biking Trip
Saturday, September 26 2015 to Sunday, September 27 2015 at 7:30 AM

Youth from Casey Middle School.
2 volunteers going.
Description: Boulder ICO will team up with Casey Bike Club and Trips for Kids for our annual fall weekend weekend mountain biking trip at Curt Gowdy State Park (Wyoming).  We will ride the trails on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.  We will car camp on... Read More>>

Wilderness Carmen

Spooky Night Hike for Middle School Partners
Friday, October 02 2015 at 6:00 PM

Youth from Casey Middle School, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School.
3 volunteers going.
Description: An easy night hike of scary stories and spooky places near the ghost town of Hessie in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.  Read More>>

Grant Drew Caroline

Paaataaaay! BVICO Volunteer Party.
Sunday, October 04 2015 at 3:30 PM

2 RSVPs.

Meet your fellow volunteers and share some super-tasty food and drink at our annual volunteer party. 

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Orienteering Workshop & Games
Sunday, November 08 2015 at 10:00 AM

Youth from Casey Middle School, Creekside Elementary School, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School, Pioneer Elementary School.
0 volunteers going.
Description: A half-day workshop on the use of map and compass to navigate using topographic maps. Games and prizes! Read More>>

Volunteer Training (OLT 101, 201, CARP)
Saturday, December 05 2015 to Sunday, December 06 2015 at 9:00 AM

0 RSVPs.

This two-day, retreat-style training will include Outdoor Leadership 101 & 201 plus Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention training. We'll stay at a cabin, prepare meals together, learn, and... Read More>>

Wildlife Instagrams!
Saturday, December 19 2015 at 1:00 PM

Youth from Creekside Elementary School, Family Resource Center, Pioneer Elementary School.
0 volunteers going.
Description: An easy, half-day hike to our motion-sensing camera to offload images of wildlife and set the camera up for more wildlife photos.  Read More>>

Canyonlands 2016 spring backpacking trip
Friday, April 15 2016 to Monday, April 18 2016 at 7:00 AM

Youth from Casey Middle School, Manhattan Middle School.
0 volunteers going.
Description: Boulder ICO will lead a spring backpacking trip in the heart of Utah's redrock country.  This trip is challenging but scenic and rewarding.  We will drive out to Utah on Friday, car camp for one night, and backpack in the Needles District for two... Read More>>