Formerly known as Atlanta Inner City Outings, Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors is a community outreach program providing opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world. Most of the participants are urban youth. The goal of the Atlanta ICO program is to help these young people discover the beauty of wild places, to foster an appreciation for nature, and to help them acquire the necessary skills to enjoy these places safely. Through active involvement with nature, the program increases participant's environmental awareness, interpersonal skills and self esteem. ICO leaders work in cooperation with community agencies or schools that want to provide outings for their members, but who do not have the resources needed to do so. Agency staff work closely with ICO leaders to make the outings successful experiences. Atlanta ICO furnishes the equipment to run the trips and covers all trip expenses, including transportation and food. We are an all-volunteer organization. Atlanta ICO has become one of the most active and largest of the 50 ICO groups nationwide since it was established in 1988. In 2005, we ran 29 trips involving 200 different kids. Our volunteers contributed approximately 3,500 volunteer hours to ICO. Visit http://atlantaico.org/about-atlanta-ico/ to learn more!