Angeles Chapter Sierra Club InspiringConnections Outdoors (LA ICO) (Los Angeles, CA)


  • Name:Shirley Hickman
  • Title:Ms.

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Angeles Chapter Sierra Club InspiringConnections Outdoors (LA ICO)
  • Address:5107 Lunsford Dr.
    Los Angeles, CA 90041
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:323-255-2290
  • Main fax:323-286-4290

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  • Mission:
  • LA ICO (Angeles Chapter Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors, formerly Inner City Outings) serves as a bridge that enables underserved youth, disabled individuals, and others to visit and develop an appreciation for our natural environment. We work with schools, community groups, and other agencies to create safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences for persons who might not otherwise have them. ICO outings promote individual growth through group activities and environmental and outdoor skills education.

  • Overview:
  • LA ICO enables urban youth, disabled individuals, and others to appreciate, enjoy, and respect the natural environment while achieving goals they might never undertake in their urban environment. We work with classroom teachers to reinforce the Core Science Standards for California Public Schools. Our main outings are four- to five-mile day hikes, offered two to three times a week in the Santa Monica Mountains. Typically, 25 to 35 children take part in each hike; they are accompanied by teachers, agency personnel, and certified ICO volunteer outings leaders. Parents and siblings are welcome to participate in the trips. In addition to the day hikes, LA ICO sponsors overnight camping trips, snow trips, visits to coastal lagoons and tide pools, and service projects.

    One of the biggest educational components of LA ICO is our sponsored camping trips. Prior to the trips, the youngsters plan meals within a budget. They shop for and store needed food. During the camping trips, they sign up for and carry out chores and learn to set up tents. They participate in hikes, games, and storytelling.

    Most of the children who participate in our outings have never been to the local mountains. They are thrilled to see deer, lizards, turtles, and birds. They learn how Native Americans survived on local plants and animals. LA ICO leaders coordinate with teachers so that during outings we can reinforce what students have been studying. We observe and talk about plants, animals, habitats, erosion, the interconnections between species, and the impact of people on the environment. We instill respect for nature by requiring the youngsters to leave their lunch spot litter-free, by teaching that plants and animals are to be left untouched, and by explaining that the only things they can take home from the parks are pictures and memories. Through these activities, they develop a sense of responsibility and a feeling of competence in the outdoors.

    LA ICO coordinates with Abalone Cove and Pt. Vicente docents to provide tide pooling trips and tours of Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center. The docents provide the nature knowledge, while we provide transportation and share the delight of observing marine life with the children.

    We also partner with Bolsa Chica Stewards and Ballona Wetlands to engage youth in service projects that teach them the importance of preserving our natural environment. The young people plant seedlings, remove non-indigenous plants, and remove the litter that collects in the estuaries.

    In addition, we collaborate with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. The Conservancy is developing “Lessons in a Box” keyed to the Core Science Standards for California Public Schools. We have used their “Lessons in a Box to teach first graders about the parts of plants and about pollinators at the Conservancy’s George F. Canyon Nature Center.

    Our 38 LA ICO trip leaders receive safety, first aid, outings management, and child abuse recognition and prevention training and are certified by the Sierra Club. They are well-educated and reliable and are primarily practicing or retired teachers, librarians, businessmen, and scientists.

    LA ICO is cost-effective; our outings on average cost less than $10 per child. They are, of course, free to all participants. Although The Sierra Club Foundation serves as our fiscal sponsor, our volunteer leaders are responsible for all of our fund-raising.

    Lawrence Foundation’s fields of interest include the environment and young people. We hope you will agree that your efforts closely match the mission and program activities of LA ICO

  • History:
  • We are one of 55 Inspiring Connections Outdoors Committees nationwide that are outreach programs of the Sierra Club. Nationally, Sierra Club Inner City Outings Volunteer Leaders was selected for a 2013 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award.

    LA ICO was started by a small group of Sierra Club volunteers in 1983. In 2008, in celebration of LA ICO’s 25th anniversary, it received the Angeles Chapter Sierra Club Certificate of Merit Award. In 2009, we received a Community Volunteer Award from the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles Unified School District. Two of our members have received the Madelyn Pyeatt Award, the highest award Sierra Club gives for service to youth.

  • Year established:1983
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:94-6069890

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:946069890
  • Organization Name:SIERRA CLUB FOUNDATION
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  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:2101 WEBSTER ST STE 750
  • Organization City:OAKLAND
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94612-3021
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 1962
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):350, 059, 922
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Preservation of natural resources (conservation), Other school related activities, Endowment fund or financial services
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C300
  • Asset Amount:$143,985,321
  • Asset Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • Income Amount:$93,791,460
  • Income Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$75,709,930
  • Last Updated:3/17/2018 1:15:59 pm

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