1996-2016 Twenty Years of HICO Outings!

            Harrisburg ICO gets kids outside!

Our Mission: Sierra Club ICO is a community outreach program that provides opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world.

Harrisburg Inspiring Connections Outdoors (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. HICO leaders have enabled hundreds of urban youth to experience the beauty and wildness of Pennsylvania.

In 2016, HICO certified leaders partner with Harrisburg School District's  Math Science Academy to lead Middle School participants on day hikes and weekend outings.

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 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. It finances outings for youth through donations, local grant writing and local fundraising efforts.

You can help HICO continue to enable Harrisburg youth to experience the world of nature by making a donation!

If you like what you see in our trip photos here and on our Facebook page and want to get involved, donate gear, or help fund transportation and lunches for our outings, please click on  our Contacts page for more information.


In 2016, HICO celebrated twenty years of outings with a birthday cake at the annual winter training and planning meeting!

Pat Reilly, pictured at left,  has been a Certified Leader and Paddling Instructor with Harrisburg ICO since its first outing in 1996.

HICO Wish List

Outing appropriate shoes and socks for our urban youth participants who attend Harrisburg Math Science Academy.
Shoe sizes needed are:
Men's 6-10
Women's 5-9

Giant grocery store gift certificates are needed for lunches and snacks for youth on the outings.

Two folding canopies, five mountain pie makers, six metal marshmallow/hotdog roasting sticks, two large coolers, and an assortment of pots and pans are needed for our 2016 overnight camping trips.

See contact page for phone and mailing address.