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Phoenix Inner City Outings Program

What is ICO?  •   Calendar of Events  •  What Can I Do?  •   Subscribe to ICO List

What is ICO?

The Phoenix ICO program was established in the early 90's and re-established after a several-year hiatus in 2000. The purpose of the Inner City Outings Program is to provide opportunities for people, primarily inner city youth, to experience wilderness and nature in a way that they rarely can in an urban environment. The program partners with non-profit agencies who serve these communities.

We hope that by building a relationship with nature for these special people, we will spark a love for the out-of-doors that will ultimately help to protect these areas for future generations. We also hope that our Sierra Club leaders will provide positive role models and good examples of friendship, caring, and cooperation. Overall, our goal is to get out of the city and enjoy Arizona at its best while positively affecting someone's life.

If you would like more information on the Inner City Outings program and how it is working for America's cities, please visit the ICO national web site.

Calendar of Events

Monthly Meetings:

  • Second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at LUX Coffee House (just north of Indian School off of Central on the west side)

  • For more information, contact Lisa Vaaler at 602-468-4158 or

Partner Agencies

  • The CARE Partnership with Youth program serves Mesa's south-central-downtown junior-high youth:

  • Network Neighborhood Partnership, a HUD housing community in North Phoenix

  • The Southwest School, a school in far South Phoenix

What Can I Do?

There are several ways that you can help the Phoenix Inner City Outings Program. First and foremost, you can volunteer. We can always use more committed, caring people. It just takes a little time and the benefits are fantastic! If you're not sure, join our ICO  mailing list  (see How to Sign Up below) . We will let you know about upcoming meetings and events.

The program is also seeking donations of equipment. If you have camping, hiking, or any kind of outdoor equipment or clothing that you don't need or that doesn't fit your kids anymore, we can use it! Please call us. Among the things we would love to have:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Tents
  • Water Bottle
  • Backpacks
  • Kids' hiking boots
  • Sleds
  • Winter clothing
  • Stoves
  • Daypacks
  • Hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • ANYTHING! Ask us!

And, naturally, monetary donations are welcome, appreciated, and tax-deductible! If you would like to donate, contact Lisa Vaaler at 602-468-4158 or for instructions.

HOW TO SIGN UP to be included on ICO Email List


  1. Send an email TO (copy and paste): LISTSERV@LISTS.SIERRACLUB.ORG

  2. Leave the Subject blank.

  3. In the text of the message, starting at the very top left of the text area, copy & paste in the following SUBSCRIBE command:

    a) replace the sample name with your name exactly as you want your name to appear in the email list, as in SUBSCRIBE GC-PHOENIX-ICO-FORUM Joe H. Smith.


    b) if you want to subscribe anonymously, send the command: SUBSCRIBE GC-PHOENIX-ICO-FORUM Anonymous. Your subscription will then be hidden automatically.

  4. 4. You will receive an email back from the Listserver (L-Soft list server at Sierra Club). You must reply to the message that the List Server sends you exactly as explained in the message, in order to confirm you have used a valid email address.

Posting is limited to subscribers so there will not be possibility of "junk mail" associated with signing up on the new mailing list.


To SUBSCRIBE to this list send an email message:

Subject: (no subject is required)

To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list send an email message:

To: LISTSERV@LISTS.SIERRACLUB.ORG with the following text:
Subject: (no subject is required)


Subject: (no subject is required)
SUBSCRIBE GC-PHOENIX-ICO-FORUM New Name (just type in new name after Subscribe command)


Reply to Lisa Vaaler at 602-468-4158 or with your questions, and I will explain further.

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