Join us for the 2014 All-Agency Hikeathon! Print E-mail

Please join us Saturday, April 26th at Tallman State Park for our All Agency Hikeathon!  This is the one event a year where all agencies are invited to join together for a day of fun & games as well as hiking, teaching and learning on the trail.  If you are a current ICO volunteer, we encourage you to also gather support from your friends and family to help sponsor other trips throughout the year!

You can RSVP on meetup.com through a particular agency if you want to coordinate travel with a group of students coming from either Brooklyn, Harlem or Bronx, or you can RSVP and fundraise through our website: http://action.sierraclub.org/hikeathon

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 
ELLIS High School Hits the Trail with Westchester Orienteering Training Print E-mail

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Inner City Outings trip organizer Ray Greenwell had just walked away from the group to go register everyone for a day of orienteering at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Within seconds of his departure, odd noises and laughter were emanating from the energetic mixture of ICO volunteers, ELLIS Preparatory High School students, and teacher chaperones in the parking lot.

 

"Wa!"

"Waaaaaaaa!"

Although a cool breeze, threats of rain and mid-40-degree temperatures dominated the morning forecast on this second day of spring, weather did not dampen any spirits. New volunteer Bereket Abraham stepped up and organized the game, “Waa!”, sending everybody into a goofy, light-hearted mood. For a group that largely did not know each other, the stage was set for a fantastic day ahead.

Four students from the English Language Learners and International Support (ELLIS) Preparatory Academy in the Bronx came out for the hike and orienteering training up in Westchester. Despite the 1 train cutting off service from 96th street up to the Bronx, that did not stop Cesar, Walkiria, Danny and Aymen from coming. Hailing from Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Yemen, respectively, these students have all recently moved to the US and now attend the only international transfer public school in New York. The students were accompanied by their teacher, Krisy, and student teacher, Nicki, and were joined by seven ICO volunteers – many who were going on their first program trip.

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Ellis High School Puts the Ice in ICO Print E-mail

On a freezing cold Saturday January 25th, 2014, an intrepid crew congregated at Ellis International High school for a trip up to Bear Mountain. ICO leader Ray Greenwell and four other ICO volunteers came prepared with extra hats, gloves, scarves and leg-warmers as back-up, along with back-packs for the 16 Ellis students. Priscilla, the teacher from the school, had prepared the students and brought the lunches for them provided by Red Rabbit.

Snow was falling thickly by the time we reached Bear Mountain, which made this winter adventure even more fun. The day started with in-door games, including an epic human-knot un-raveling (how did we do that??). And after lunch, some of the kids and volunteers took a turn on the merry go-round, with a lot of laughs.

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