Developing the Next Generation of Environmentalists
Mission Outdoors integrates Sierra Club's robust outings programs with conservation, advocacy, and movement-building, in order to serve and appeal to a broader, younger, and more diverse group of people. With support from The Sierra Club Foundation, Sierra Club is working to engage and support young people, and especially people of color and non-traditional partners, to create a new generation of environmental leaders.
Serving Those Who Serve
To support our troops, TSCF has dedicated more than $1 million in grants to support military families through the Military Families and Veterans Outdoors Initiative. As a first step in a new partnership with Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to help military families get outdoors, TSCF will contribute major grants to YMCA of the USA and the National Military Family Association. The funding will allow thousands of military children and families to experience the healing powers of nature by attending camp.
Inner City Outings
In urban and rural communities across the country, low-income youth, physically disabled individuals, and many other children have limited access to the outdoors, depriving them of the many benefits that come from exploring wilderness and discovering oneself in relation to the natural world. In order to address this problem, the Sierra Club established a community outreach program called Inner City Outings (ICO) in 1976 to provide safe and fun wilderness trips for young people who would not otherwise have access to nature. Today, with support from The Sierra Club Foundation, the Sierra Club has 50 ICO groups throughout the United States. Last year, these groups conducted 845 outings that served approximately 14,000 youth, helping these participants learn how to enjoy the outdoors safely and responsibly. Through these outings, ICO promotes interpersonal skills and self-esteem by involving participants in teamwork, teaching them self-reliance outside an urban setting, and encouraging them to take an active role in protecting the environment. As its participants discover the beauty of wild lands, ICO also helps the Club build support for environmental protection in urban communities across the country.
To learn more about the Mission Outdoors programs on the Sierra Club's website, click here!