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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.

BVICO Photography Academy Hangout
Thursday, May 05 2016 8:00 PM


1 RSVPs.

This is a short meeting to discuss the major elements of the BVICO Photograhy Academy, answer any questions about volunteering with the program, and to map out our participant recruitment plan.... Read More>>

Conference Call/Meeting
Thursday, May 05 2016 8:30 PM


3 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>>

Fly Tying Workshop (ES/MS)
Saturday, May 07 2016 8:30 AM
Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School, Manhattan Middle School.
2 volunteers going.
Description: Participants in the Boulder Valley ICO Tenkara Academy, note that this is the last of the fly tying workshops until the start of next school year. We will teach one or two new patterns and go over any that you may have forgotten from previous... Read More>>

Michael Hana

Bird Safari!
Saturday, May 14 2016 8:00 AM


Youth from Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School, Pioneer Elementary School.
3 volunteers going.
Description: Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) by birding at Walden and Sawhill ponds. IMBD activities on offer. All sorts of cool birds are migrating through the Boulder area during this time of year. Come check 'em out! Read More>>

Jules Caroline Deb

Outdoor Leadership Training 101
Sunday, May 15 2016 9:00 AM


0 RSVPs.

This training in Colorado Springs meets the requirements for Outdoor Leadership Training 101 when combined with viewing the online training materials specific to Boulder Valley ICO that can be... Read More>>

Howlin' Good Time at Mission: Wolf
Friday, May 27 2016 to Sunday, May 29 2016 8:30 AM


Youth from Casey Middle School, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: This ever-popular, beginner's-level outing combines car camping and service projects that a wolf sanctuary in Southern Colorado. Participants will meet wolves face-to-face as well as help with various projects around the facility, ranging from... Read More>>

Michael

Sprague Lake Area Fishing テ
Saturday, June 04 2016 9:00 AM
Tenkara

Youth from Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School.
2 volunteers going.
Description: Learn to fly fishing using tenkara equipment at this lovely lake near Estes Park. This outing is part of the Boulder Valley ICO Tenkara Academy and counts towards graduation as a local fly fishing outing.  Read More>>

Michael Caroline

Walker Ranch Fishing & Hike テPA
Saturday, June 18 2016 8:30 AM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, Manhattan Middle School.
5 volunteers going.
Description: Learn the ancient (but effective!) form of Japanese fly fishing called tenkara on this local fly fishing outing. The scenery here is lovely, so this outing is part of all three BVICO academies. It counts toward graduation as a local fly fishing... Read More>>

Jules Pat Billy Sether Rachel

Lost Lake Fishing & Hiking テPA
Sunday, June 26 2016 8:30 AM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, Manhattan Middle School.
0 volunteers going.
Description: A short and lovely dayhike to a lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. This outing counts as a local outing toward the graduation requirements of the Tenkara, Nature Photography, and Art & Journaling academies.  Read More>>

Rainbow Lakes Car Camping, Fishing, & More テPA
Saturday, July 09 2016 to Sunday, July 10 2016 8:30 AM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School.
2 volunteers going.
Description: Car camping the lovely Indian Peaks Wilderness with easy hiking to a series of beautiful lakes. This outing counts as an overnight outing in the tenkara, nature photography, and art & journaling academies of Boulder Valley ICO.   Read More>>

ghonch Erik

Woodland Lake Backpacking (テ, P, A)
Friday, July 15 2016 to Sunday, July 17 2016 8:30 AM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School, Pioneer Elementary School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: This 3-day, 2-night backpacking features great fishing and opportunities for art and photography. It is, thus, offered as part of our tenkara, photography, and art academies. Elementary school participants should be physically fit. Middle school... Read More>>

Michael

Scary Fish! Backpacking in the IPW (テ, P, A)
Thursday, July 21 2016 to Sunday, July 24 2016 8:30 AM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: This big and beautiful, 4-day backpacking trip reaches some of the most beautiful areas in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. It's so-named because of huge fish that are to be found in some of the lakes we'll visit and, thus, this is a excellent outing... Read More>>

Michael

Howl Ya Doin': Little Ones Meet the Wolves
Friday, August 05 2016 to Sunday, August 07 2016 8:30 AM


Youth from Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School, Family Resource Center, Pioneer Elementary School.
2 volunteers going.
Description: This ever-popular, beginner's-level outing combines car camping and service projects that a wolf sanctuary in Southern Colorado. Participants will meet wolves face-to-face as well as help with various projects around the facility, ranging from... Read More>>

Deb Caroline