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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.

Fly Tying Workshop (MS テ)
Saturday, February 13 2016 8:30 AM

Youth from Casey Middle School, Manhattan Middle School.
4 volunteers going.
Description: Learn how to make the lures that will be used in the fly fishing that we will do later in the year. It's suprisingly fun and easy! In this free workshop for our middle school partners, participants will make and keep lures that they will use when... Read More>>

Jules Pat Michael Wilderness

Boulder Flycasters Youth Night
Friday, February 19 2016 6:00 PM

2 RSVPs.

A tabling/informational event for Boulder Valley ICO at the East Boulder Rec Center, 5660 Sioux Drive. Learn about fly fishing with fly tying and casting demonstration. Gifts and prizes awarded... Read More>>

Brews and Bugs - A Gathering for ICO Volunteers
Thursday, February 25 2016 8:00 PM

5 RSVPs.

We don't often meet face-to-face except on outings. So consider this a mini-party for ICO volunteers.

This party will also support our tenkara academy. Come spring, our tenkara academy... Read More>>

Snow Caves & Snow Ice Cream
Saturday, February 27 2016 9:00 AM

Youth from Casey Middle School, Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School, Manhattan Middle School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: A short hike with snowshoes to an area suitable for construction of a snow cave and/or snow tunnel. Snow ice cream to be served. Snowball fights, as needed. Read More>>

Michael

Snow Caves & Snow Ice Cream
Saturday, March 19 2016 8:30 AM

Youth from Casey Middle School, Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School, Manhattan Middle School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: A short hike with snowshoes to an area suitable for construction of a snow cave and/or snow tunnel. Snow ice cream to be served. Snowball fights, as needed. Read More>>

Drew

Fly Tying & Fly Fishing (MS テ)
Saturday, April 02 2016 8:30 AM

Youth from Casey Middle School, Manhattan Middle School.
4 volunteers going.
Description: This outing, aimed at our middle school partners, will combine a free workshop on fly tying -- making the lures that are used in fly fishing -- with free instruction in fly fishing (at Sawhill Ponds). All ICO volunteers who intend to lead tenkara... Read More>>

Oz Drew Michael Hana

Art and Writing Academy Inaugural Outing
Sunday, April 03 2016 8:00 AM

Youth from .
3 volunteers going.
Description: Join us for an easy day hike hike along the Gregory Canyon trail as we introduce BVICO’s new Art and Writing Academy. The Gregory Canyon Trail is widely appreciated for its wildflowers and microhabitats, and is especially beautiful in the... Read More>>

Chambers Deb Rachel

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

Youth from Casey Middle School, Manhattan Middle School.
5 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>>

Sheila Wilderness Rachel Deb Brian

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

Youth from Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School, Pioneer Elementary School.
1 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

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>>

Cellene

Lily Lake Fishing & Hike テ
Saturday, June 04 2016 9:00 AM

Youth from Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School.
0 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>>

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

Youth from Casey Middle School, Manhattan Middle School.
0 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>>

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

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

Youth from Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School.
0 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>>

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

Youth from Casey Middle School, Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School, Pioneer Elementary School.
0 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>>

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

Youth from Casey Middle School, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School.
3 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 Jules Pat

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.
0 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>>