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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.

Conference Call/Meeting
Thursday, March 05 2015 at 8:30 PM

5 RSVPs.

These meetings are where we discuss issues facing the program and calendar outings. All volunteers are encouraged to participate in at least two of these calls per year so that everyone has some... Read More>>

Wildlife Camera Trapping: The eyes of March
Saturday, March 14 2015 at 2:00 PM

Youth from Casey Middle School, Manhattan Middle School.
5 volunteers going.
Description: Boulder Valley ICO will lead a, easy, half-day outing to retrieve, identify, and post photos of wildlife from our motion-sensing camera.  To see the critters we've photographed in the past, click here. Participants should be eligible for the free... Read More>>

Grant Hana Michael Zeaby Wilderness

Snow Cave Construction, Showshoeing, & Ice Cream
Sunday, March 22 2015 at 9:00 AM

Youth from Creekside Elementary School, Pioneer Elementary School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: An easy snowshoeing trip in the Indian Peaks Wilderness to make a snowcave and snow ice cream. Read More>>

Michael

Canyonlands spring backpacking trip
Friday, April 17 2015 to Monday, April 20 2015 at 7:00 AM

Youth from Casey Middle School, Manhattan Middle School.
4 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>>

Wilderness Chambers Brian Michael

Pawnee Grasslands overnight
Saturday, May 02 2015 to Sunday, May 03 2015 at 8:00 AM
credit: Wikipedia
Youth from Casey Middle School, Manhattan Middle School.
6 volunteers going.
Description: Venture to the Pawnee Grasslands for birdwatching, hiking, and wildflower spotting.  This is one of the prime areas for watching bird migrations and for wittnessing the vast night sky.  Come check it out!  We will car camp for one night. Read More>>

Grant Hana Michael Drew Andrea
Zeaby

Bird Safari 2015
Saturday, May 09 2015 at 9:00 AM

Youth from Creekside Elementary School, Pioneer Elementary School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Boulder Valley ICO will lead a half-day outing to Walden Ponds during International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) to identify birds and participate in other IMBD activities that are normally scheduled for this event.  This trip is intended primarily... Read More>>

Zeaby

Mission Wolf: Return of the middle schoolers
Saturday, May 30 2015 to Monday, June 01 2015 at 8:00 AM

Youth from Casey Middle School, Manhattan Middle School.
3 volunteers going.
Description: Boulder ICO will visit Mission Wolf, a sanctuary for wolves in south-central Colorado.  Participants will interact with the wolves and learn about their history, biology, folklore, lifestyle, and outlook for survival in the modern world. As a... Read More>>

Rachel Zeaby Chambers

Mountain Bike Curt Gowdy
Friday, June 05 2015 to Sunday, June 07 2015 at 8:00 AM

Youth from Casey Middle School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Boulder ICO will team up with Casey Bike Club and Trips for Kids for a weekend mountain biking trip at Curt Gowdy State Park near Cheyenne, WY.  We will ride the trails on Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday morning.  We will car camp on Friday... Read More>>

Wilderness

Mission Wolf: Howl of the little ones
Friday, August 07 2015 to Sunday, August 09 2015 at 8:00 AM

Youth from Creekside Elementary School, Family Resource Center, Pioneer Elementary School.
2 volunteers going.
Description: Boulder ICO will visit Mission Wolf, a sanctuary for wolves in south-central Colorado.  Participants will interact with the wolves and learn about their history, biology, folklore, lifestyle, and outlook for survival in the modern world. As a... Read More>>

Grant Zeaby