Seattle ICO

Mission: Seattle ICO is an all-volunteer organization working in partnership with a small group of selected partner schools/nonprofit agencies, serving several hundred of Seattle's youth each year, providing opportunities to experience, learn about and enjoy the outdoors. Seattle ICO began as part of the Seattle Group of the Sierra Club in 1991, and has grown to become one of the most active ICO programs in the National Sierra Club. The first ICO group was established in 1971 as part of the San Francisco Bay Sierra Club Chapter. There are now approximately 50 groups across the country serving thousands of participants each year.

Category: Environment

Seattle ICO is a community outreach program providing several hundred Seattle area youth with opportunities to go hiking, camping, canoeing, sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, backpacking, rafting, kayaking, and more. Volunteers work through partnerships with selected elementary, middle, and high schools in the Seattle area. Our youth range in age from 8 to 18, and represent diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Seattle ICO provides food, transportation and leaders trained in first-aid, CPR, environmental education and youth leadership.

Ways to Get Involved: Request a volunteer application from our website: Applications are due August 23rd


  • Participate in the late-summer new leader training weekend of September 8th and 9th ($45 fee)

  • Maintain current membership in the Sierra Club (membership rates vary-standard rate is $38)

  • Successfully pass required background checks

  • Become certified in First Aid and CPR (within three months of completing training)

  • Participate in four outings per school year

  • Become an active leader on one of ICO's established school teams

  • Contribute to ICO's organizational development needs and help Seattle ICO become an even stronger and more active program

  • Non-outing activities include event planning, fundraising, public relations, marketing, financial reporting, steering, committee participation and more

Start Date: September 7, 2019
End Date: June 20, 2020
Times of Day: Weekends
Time Commitment: A few hours per month
Duration: Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Location: Seattle, WA