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Atlanta Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) Outdoor Leadership Training

  • 792 Iris Terrace Decatur, GA 30033 (map)

Welcome Atlanta Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) Outdoor Leadership Training 101.

Sierra Club ICO is a community outreach program providing opportunities for urban youth to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world. Most of the participants are urban youth. The goal of the Atlanta ICO program is to help these young people discover the beauty of wild places, to foster an appreciation for nature, and to help them acquire the necessary skills to enjoy these places safely. Through active involvement with nature, the program increases participants' environmental awareness, interpersonal skills and self esteem. 

This training is a requirement for those who want to become Atlanta ICO certified leaders. It is also a good introduction to ICO for those who want to start volunteering and going on trips. This training is typically given over an entire weekend - this session has been condensed to cover the material in 4-5 hours for the convenience of volunteers. This is outdoor leadership training is specific to ICO. Since we are taking children on outdoor outings, there are different considerations for leading ICO outings as compared to regular Sierra Club outings. 

The ICO training will cover how to organize an outing; responsibilities for providing food, equipment, and transportation during an outing; tips on working with children; requirements for recognizing and reporting child abuse (as required of any volunteer who works with children); how to access and use our ICO equipment shed for the trips; and paperwork requirements for working with children.

The training will be held at 792 Iris Terrace, Decatur, GA 30033 on Sunday, January 31 from noon to 5 pm. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested please register with Gwen Bergen at (preferred) or at 301-434-1652. Please provide the following information: 

1. Names of the Attendees
2. Contact email or phone number
3. Your experience with ICO (It's okay if you have none - just want to know background) 
4. Any food restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, any food allergies)

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