Operations suspended due to COVID-19

Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, all Boulder ICO outings, including any listed below, are suspended until further notice. If possible, the listed outings will be rescheduled when our operations resume.

Volunteer Training for Boulder Valley ICO

Boulder Valley ICO is an all-volunteer outreach program of the Sierra Club that provides free nature outings and wilderness adventures to youth from under-served communities in Boulder County and beyond. We will offer a volunteer training retreat for new and existing volunteers on November 12th & 13th at Cal-Wood Educational Center near Jamestown, Colorado (about 50 minutes from Boulder). The curriculum includes Outdoor Leadership Training 101 & 201, plus Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention. Volunteers may stay overnight at Cal-Wood or commute. Training will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. See below for a course outline. This training satisfies all of the in-class training requirements (except first aid) for Sierra Club Outings Leader Certification. 

This course is intended to train new and existing volunteers with Boulder Valley ICO to organize and lead outings in our program. If space is available, we will accept individuals who attend with the purpose of volunteering with Denver ICO, other Sierra Club outings programs, and/or programs outside of the Sierra Club. 


The $40 cost of registration will be refunded to those who have volunteered on at least two single-day outings or one overnight outing with Boulder Valley ICO and who complete the training. Refunds will be issued at the end of the training or when the volunteer commitment is completed, whichever comes later. You may participate in any outings between now (including those outings taking place prior to the Nov 12-13 training) and April 30, 2017 to be eligible for the refund. Meals, materials, and lodging are included in the price!

To sign up as a volunteer, please visit the Volunteer Page of our website and follow the steps to "Quick Join" the program. Once you have created your profile, you will be able to sign up for any of the listed outings. Simply click on the outing title from the main page and use the links provided in the right panel to sign up to attend, drive, etc. 

If you aren't yet sure about volunteering with Boulder Valley ICO, we recommend that you visit the Volunteer Page of our website to learn more about the program. You can also visit our YouTube channel to see videos from some of our major outings types. Best of all, you can join us as an assistant leader on an outing or two this fall after you have signed up to volunteer with us as decribed in the preceding paragraph. 

Registration & Payment:

Please click here to register for the training.

Payment by credit card can may be made here. Credit card payments will be treated as a donation and, therefore, are not refundable except as described under Pricing, above. Checks should be made payable to "Boulder Valley ICO" and may be brought to the training.


Our training will take place at the main lodge at the Cal-Wood Educational Center near Jamestown, Colorado (about 50 minutes from Boulder). A map to the lodge from downtown Boulder is found here. The training center address is 2282 Co Rd 87, Jamestown, CO 80455. Note that this address, when input in a GPS unit, takes you to a pond, after which you must take the next left in order to reach the lodge. 


The course combines lecture with practical exercises and team-building activities. We will cover:

  • The Mechanics of Trip Approval & Budgeting
  • The Art of Trip Design and Preparation
    • Destination and Trip Design
    • Tips on Food and Transportation
    • Trip Safety, First Aid, Medications, and other policies
    • Working with Our Participant Recruiters
    • Using our Gear Depot
    • Working with Other Volunteers
  • Managing Groups, Leadership Style, and Dealing with Difficult Personalities
  • Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention
  • Games & Activities

More Information:

For more information about Boulder Valley ICO or this training, please contact Michael Le Desma at (303) 718-4589 or [email protected].