Ellis HS Hikes Wyanokie High Point Print E-mail

Oct. 25, 2014—Ringwood, NJ

Sometimes it is easy to forget how wonderful hiking during the fall can be. No humidity, mild temperatures with a hint of brisk, cool air, beautiful vibrant hues of browns, oranges, reds and yellows filling the landscape everywhere you turn, and no mosquitoes help make this one of the best times to get outdoors. These were the prime conditions that greeted 15 ELLIS Preparatory Academy and KAPPA International students on the October 25 trip to Wyanokie High Point in the Norvin Green State Forest in New Jersey.

Upon an 8:45am arrival to the high school in Marble Hill all of the kids, volunteers and staff were geared up, excited and ready to go. It had been six months since my last ICO trip with ELLIS (English Language Learners and International Support, led by Krisy) and I was eager for our adventure into unchartered New Jersey territory.

After maneuvering the hilly and wooded back roads near Ringwood, NJ thanks to the combination of a trusty handheld and Google map, we arrived to a bustling parking lot of the former Weis Ecology Center. Any questions of what type of topography laid in front of us to High Point were immediately answered by a toweringly steep hill at the start. Led by Ray’s trusty dog Jasper, first-time hikers like Bronx-native Mahamadou and seasoned vets alike attacked it with excitement and energy, and before you knew it, we were on our way.

NYCICO film Print E-mail
If you were in attendance at the Adventure Film Festival, you saw the premiere of our new NYCICO promo film, created by our very own certified leader Lizzie Hummer.  It is heartwarming, fun, motivational, sweet, and best of all features a bunch of the great students we work with!  I want you to feel free to spread it far and wide- any time someone asks you "what does ICO do?" you can send them this video!  It's visual, comprehensive, and less than a minute long.
Enjoy!  And share!
Thanks for a successful AFF 2014! Print E-mail

A huge and hearty thanks to everyone who was able to make it out to the Adventure Film Festival - NYC 2014 and for those who chose to support NYCICO either through your ticket purchases or donations.  This was an incredible team effort and it was a tremendous success thanks to the support of the incredible Adventure Film Festival team in Boulder, the core team of NYCICO volunteers who worked tirelessly to make everything run smoothly and professionally, and our generous local sponsors, especially Digital Ocean, Green Mountain Energy, Whole Foods and Mezetto.  And everyone agreed that an incredible highlight of the event was having some of our NYCICO agency students get up and speak about their experiences with NYCICO (students were in attendance from CampInteractive, Urban Assembly, CatRock, Brooklyn Prospect and ELLIS High School!).

It's thanks to everyone's generosity and enthusiasm that we will be able to introduce so many more youth to the outdoors through hiking, camping, rafting, ice skating, skiing, orienteering, canoeing and more!  We are THRILLED to announce that our current fundraising status stands at $14,264 as of this post- which puts us at 95% of our fundraising goal for the AFF!  Remember that 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser go towards future ICO trips.  It's not too late to donate- if you haven't gotten a chance yet and want to help push us over our $15,000 goal, please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/AdventureFilmFestival-NewYork to make your tax deductible donation.

To see photos from the AFF NYC, please visit our facebook page

Hope to see you all next year at the 3rd annual AFF NYC!

We would also like to thank our VIP attendees, Jack Rabbit Sports, Patagonia, Trader Joe's, Aesop, King of the Mountain Events, Brooklyn Boulders, Loomstate, The Bowery Hotel, Destination Backcountry adventures and Unique Copy.


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