Our Mission: Sierra Club Inner City Outings is a community outreach program
that provides opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy and
protect the natural world.
Harrisburg Inner City Outings (HICO) was formed in 1996 by a group of five Sierra Club Governor Pinchot Group members who wanted to share their love of nature and the outdoors with youth. For the past seventeen years, this mission has remained the same.
Today, HICO has a dozen certified leaders who partner with city schools to lead approximately fifteen day hikes and two weekend outings per year. Harrisburg Inner City Outings has enabled hundreds of city youth to experience the beauty and wildness of Pennsylvania.
Whether hiking the Appalachian Trail, bird-watching at Hawk Mountain and Middle Creek, kayaking the river, biking the Greenspace, participating in a service outing, or camping in a State Park - HICO's well-trained, volunteer leaders find the paths to connect the lives of inner city youth to nature.
As a community outreach branch of the Sierra Club, HICO is an all volunteer group with no overhead, no office. We finance our outings for youth through donations, local grant writing and local fundraising efforts. All funds raised are spent on the transportation, food, gear, and equipment or rental costs for the outings.
Help HICO continue to enable Harrisburg youth to experience the world beyond the city sidewalk by making a donation! Explore and enjoy the photo galleries of our favorite outings.
If you like what you see and want to get involved, donate gear, or help fund transportation and lunches for our outings, we would love to hear from you!
In April 2014, long time HICO leader Deborah Rudy was interviewed by the national Sierra Club Blog.
You can read her comments on being an ICO leader and see photos of eighteen years of HICO outings at: HavingThe Best Time Ever...
HICO's greatest need in 2014 is a stock of outing appropriate footware and socks for our urban youth participants.
Please consider donating
your lightly used or new
water shoes, smart wool
socks, or hiking boots to the Harrisburg ICO program.
Our participants attend Harrisburg Middle School and High School.
Shoe sizes needed are:
Grocery store gift certificates are also needed for lunches and snacks for youth on the outings. See Contacts page.