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. 

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.

Snow Caves & Snow Ice Cream
Saturday, January 21 2017 9:00 AM
Photography

Youth from Casey Middle School, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: We'll snowshoe to Beaver Bog where we'll build snow caves, have snow ice cream, and have a backwards snowshoe race.  Read More>>

Kate

Snow Caves & Snow Ice Cream for Environment Americas
Saturday, February 18 2017 9:00 AM
Photography

Youth from .
2 volunteers going.
Description: Depending on trail conditions, we'll so an easy snowshoe in the Moffat Tunnel or Hessie area to a place where we can build a snowcave and snowtunnel, make hot chocolate, and snow ice cream. Priority will be given to participants from Environment... Read More>>

Michael Sether

Fly Fishing on South Boulder Creek + Fly Tying
Saturday, March 18 2017 10:00 AM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: There is usually a window in March when fishing on South Boulder Creek gets good before spring run-ff. We'll take advantage of this window for an outing that combines 1.5 hours of instruction in fly tying with several hours of local, tenkara fly... Read More>>

Michael

Snow Caves & Snow Ice Cream
Sunday, March 19 2017 8:30 AM
Photography

Youth from Casey Middle School, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Yes, because it's Colorado, we'll go snowshoeing a day after we go fly fishing. On this outing, we'll visit the Moffat Tunnel area to build snowcaves and snowtunnels. We'll also make hot chocolate and snow ice cream.  Read More>>

Jim

Backpacking in Canyonlands National Park!
Friday, April 14 2017 to Monday, April 17 2017
8:30 AM
Art & Writing, Photography

Youth from Casey Middle School, Manhattan Middle School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Boulder Valley 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... Read More>>

Frances

Fly Fishing the Pumphouse
Saturday, April 29 2017 8:30 AM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
2 volunteers going.
Description: This lovely spot on the Colorado River opens up in April, and we'll take an all-day journey to cast about in the slower water that are often loaded with huge fish, using flies that we've made ourselves earlier in the year. There about 2 hours of... Read More>>

Jim Michael

Rocky Mountain National Park Fishing
Saturday, May 13 2017 8:30 AM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: There's snow in the mountains and huge fish in the river at Morraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. Lots of elk about, too! This full-day, easy outing will combine tenkara fly fishing, hiking, and probably lots of hot chocolate. It will... Read More>>

Michael

Howling Good Time at Mission: Wolf!
Friday, June 23 2017 to Sunday, June 25 2017
8:30 AM
Art & Writing, Photography

Youth from Casey Middle School, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Yes, you do want to meet a real wolf, face-to-face! This magical outing combines service work at a wolf sanctuary in Southern Colorado with literal face-time with ambassador wolves at the facility. It's car camping and service learning at their... Read More>>

Frances

Beginner's Backpacking at Diamond Lake
Friday, July 07 2017 to Sunday, July 09 2017
8:30 AM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource Center, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: When it starts to swelter in Boulder, go high to the diamond in the sky. Diamond Lake, that is. Only 3.5 miles hike takes one to this lovely lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness where we'll fish, play games, and explore. Participants should have no... Read More>>

Michael

Backpacking & Fishing in the Beartooths, Wyoming
Sunday, July 23 2017 to Saturday, July 29 2017
8:30 AM
Art & Writing, Photography

Youth from Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: This intermediate-level backpacking trip for NKJN families delivers incredible fishing, scenery, and solitude. The dates for this outing are still flexible, but it will definitely take place during the 3rd or 4th week of July.    Read More>>

Michael