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.

Sierra Club @ Casey Meeting
Wednesday, January 24 2018 3:45 PM
Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School.
2 volunteers going.
Description: The first in our series of ICO Club meetings at Casey, we'll start by learning to tie the zebra midge, an effective fly pattern that is also the foundation for learning to tie the kebari. Learning to make your own flies greatly reduces the cost of... Read More>>

Michael Drew

Modern Snow Cave Construction & Snow Ice Cream
Saturday, January 27 2018 8:30 AM
Art & Writing, Photography

Youth from Casey Middle School, Creekside Elementary, EcoArts Connections, Columbine Elementary, Crestview Elementary, University Hill Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Come play in the snow as we make snowcaves and snow ice cream, and snowshoe about in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. No snowshoeing experience necessary.  Read More>>

Drew

Sierra Club @ Casey Meeting
Friday, February 02 2018 3:45 PM
Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School.
2 volunteers going.
Description: The second of our ICO Club meetings at Casey. This time, we'll learn to tie the sakasa kebari, a traditional Japanese fly used in Tenkara, that is very effective at catching fish and fun to tie. Even if you missed the first of our Sierra Club @... Read More>>

Michael Drew

Belly Sledding & Snow Ice Cream By Popular Demand
Saturday, February 10 2018 8:00 AM
Art & Writing, Photography

Youth from Casey Middle School, Creekside Elementary, EcoArts Connections, Columbine Elementary, Crestview Elementary, University Hill Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
2 volunteers going.
Description: Belly sledding and the backward snowshoe race are perennial favorites on this easy snowshoeing trip in Rocky Mountain National Park. Prepare for lots of laughter! Read More>>

Deb Michael

Sierra Club @ Casey Meeting
Wednesday, February 21 2018 3:45 PM
Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Don't miss this meeting of Sierra Club @ Casey. We'll learn to tie the sakasa kebari... without a vise. The vise adds most of the expense in fly tying, so we'll show you how to tie this fly with nothing more than thread in a bobbin. Please try to... Read More>>

Michael

Sierra Club @ Casey Meeting
Wednesday, March 07 2018 3:45 PM
Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: When fly tying, one nearly indispensible tool is the bobbin holder. At the meeting of the Sierra Club @ Casey we'll make our own bobbin holders that work every bit as well as the store-bought variety. We'll meet in Lee Lazar's classroom. There will... Read More>>

Michael

It's Just SNOW fun!
Saturday, March 10 2018 8:30 AM
Art & Writing, Photography

Youth from Casey Middle School, Creekside Elementary, EcoArts Connections, Columbine Elementary, Crestview Elementary, University Hill Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Oooooh, yes! Snow ice cream, snow caves, and some backward snowshoe racing. Bring a friend. It's snow fun! Read More>>

Deb

Sierra Club @ Casey Meeting
Wednesday, March 21 2018 3:45 PM
Tenkara

Youth from Creekside Elementary.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Because the vise-free kebari is the most important fly for ICO tenkara anglers to know, we'll spend a second class, making sure that everyone has this one pattern down pat. We will meet in Lee Lazar's classroom. There will be pizza, but please... Read More>>

Michael

At Last: Fishing!
Saturday, March 24 2018 1:00 PM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, Creekside Elementary, EcoArts Connections, Columbine Elementary, Crestview Elementary, University Hill Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Finally, the water is warm enough that the fishies will be hungry. We won't need to go far to enjoy fishing in Boulder: Sawhill Ponds and South Boulder Creek should make you grateful that our open spaces are so well cared for. Priority will be... Read More>>

Drew

Sierra Club @ Casey Meeting
Wednesday, April 04 2018 3:45 PM


Youth from Casey Middle School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Don't miss this one: We'll cover casting, reading the water, and fishing etiquette. We'll meet in Lee Lazar's classroom. There will be pizza. Please arrive promptly. Read More>>

Michael

Local Fishing: South Boulder Creek
Saturday, April 07 2018 2:00 PM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, EcoArts Connections, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Sawhill Ponds and South Boulder Creek are the places we'll try to snag a few fish, trying out the casting skills we've learned and the flies we've tied during the winter. Along the way, we'll sketch and take some photographs, too.   Read More>>

Michael

Sierra Club @ Casey Meeting
Wednesday, April 11 2018 3:45 PM


Youth from Casey Middle School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: An introduction to backpacking and trip planning for ICO @ Casey. We'll cover pack selection, clothing requirements, menu planning, stoves, water purification, and lots more. We'll meet at Lee Lazar's classroom and then travel to the BVICO gear... Read More>>

Drew

Backpacking in Canyonlands National Park, Utah!
Friday, April 13 2018 to Monday, April 16 2018 8:00 AM
Art & Writing, Photography

Youth from Casey Middle School, Creekside Elementary, EcoArts Connections, Columbine Elementary, Crestview Elementary, University Hill Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
2 volunteers going.
Description: Our annual spring backpacking sojourn in the ever-incredible Canyonlands National Park, this is where the scenery knocks your socks off and the echoes are grand. Beat the crowds and the heat by doing this one the ICO way. Read More>>

Drew Deb

Car Camping at the Pumphouse
Saturday, April 28 2018 to Sunday, April 29 2018 8:00 AM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, Creekside Elementary, EcoArts Connections, Columbine Elementary, Crestview Elementary, University Hill Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: This is a beginner's level car camping trip near Kremmling, Colorado that will feature fly fishing on the Colorado River. This is normally the last bit of good fishing until after the spring run-off has ended in late June or early July. The... Read More>>

Michael

Sierra Club @ Casey Meeting
Wednesday, May 16 2018 3:45 PM


Youth from Casey Middle School.
1 volunteers going.
Description: At this meeting of the ICO Club at Casey, we will learn the basics of using topographic maps aned compass in advance of the field exercise slated for 5/19. We will meet in Lee Lazar's classroom. Pizza will be provided. Please arrive promptly.  Read More>>

Michael

Orienteering Workshop in the Boulder Open Space
Saturday, May 19 2018 12:00 PM


Youth from Casey Middle School, EcoArts Connections, Nature Kids.
2 volunteers going.
Description: Learn to use map and compass to find markers hidden in the open space and win prizes along the way! Students who have attended the orienteering class at Casey Middle School on 5/16 will be given priority on this outing. Participants who have not... Read More>>

Michael Kuba

A Howlin' Good Time at Mission: Wolf
Friday, June 22 2018 to Sunday, June 24 2018 8:00 AM
Art & Writing, Photography

Youth from Casey Middle School, Creekside Elementary, EcoArts Connections, Columbine Elementary, Crestview Elementary, University Hill Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Our ever-popular car camping service trip to a wolf sanctuary in Southern Colorado. We'll help camp staff with various projects and get a bit of face time (literally) with the ambassador wolves.   Read More>>

Kuba

Backpacking in the Snowy Range
Thursday, July 12 2018 to Sunday, July 15 2018 8:00 AM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, EcoArts Connections, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: An incredible destination not so far from Boulder suitable for the beginner backpacker. We'll fish, photograph, and journal along the way. There will be a required pre-trip meeting to outfit everyone for the outing.   Read More>>

Drew

A Whole Bucket of Awesome: Beartooths Backpacking
Sunday, July 22 2018 to Saturday, July 28 2018 8:00 AM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: Knock-your-socks-off scenery, knock-your-socks-off fishing, wildlife galore, and solitude are among the many reasons we drive so far to this amazing place. We pass through Glacier National Park on the return trip. Shhh! Don't tell anyone about the... Read More>>

Michael

Howlin' Again: Return to Mission: Wolf
Friday, August 03 2018 to Sunday, August 05 2018 8:00 AM
Art & Writing, Photography

Youth from Casey Middle School, Creekside Elementary, EcoArts Connections, Columbine Elementary, Crestview Elementary, University Hill Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Place Bridge Academy, Family Resource, Manhattan Middle School, Nature Kids.
3 volunteers going.
Description: Our second trip to Mission: Wolf to car camp and help out facility staff with various volunteer projects. We'll also spend some time with the ambassador wolves.  Read More>>

Frances Deb Kuba

Adventure in the Snowies
Thursday, August 09 2018 to Sunday, August 12 2018 8:00 AM
Art & Writing, Photography, Tenkara

Youth from Casey Middle School, Nature Kids.
1 volunteers going.
Description: We'll return the Snowies a second time this year because the moderate drive takes us to some lovely scenery, great fishing, and reasonable trail mileage. We'll fish, photograph, and journal along the way. Read More>>

Michael