Enjoying the outdoors

Inspiring Connections Outdoors:



Inspiring Connections Outdoors is a community outreach program of the Sierra Club. This program seeks to provide urban youth and adults with positive outdoor experiences.  The goal of ICO is to allow participants to discover the beauty of wild places and learn how to enjoy and protect our wild environments. By bringing people of diverse backgrounds into the environmental community, the ICO program strengthens the ranks of the environmental movement at large.

         The first Inner City Outings took place in 1971 in San Francisco.  Since then, this Sierra Club program has spread all across the country, helping youth, who normally wouldn't have the chance, explore and love the great outdoors.




         The newly formed Knoxville ICO (Inspiring Connections Outdoors) is actively involved with introducing children to the out-of-doors. Specially trained Harvey Broome Group volunteers partner with schools and community agencies to actively engage low-income inner city youth and adults, in safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences.

         These outings are provided free of charge. We are in need of donations of equipment for these outings. In particular we need youth sized daypacks, rugged water bottles that are readily cleaned, youth sized ponchos. If you have any of these items stashed in storage places of your home that you are no longer using please consider donating them to our Knoxville ICO program. Contact Mac Post, mpost3116@gmail.com, 865-806-0980.


         We are looking for volunteers for not only leading outings but also for additional chaperones, logistical support, fundraising and publicity. If you want to find out more about our program contact us for information and a Prospectus at: KnoxvilleICO@gmail.com.


Click here for HBG Outings Program Photos


We can use help from people who love to share their enthusiasm for kids, teaching, and having fun. Please contact one of the people below if you want to help out.


Before you know it, you will be having more fun than the kids! Harvey Broome Group ICO Leadership Team:


Chair: Mac Post mailto:mpost3116@aol.com

Volunteer Coordinator: Terrin Kanoa mailto:freenoa@gmail.com

Education Coordinator: Janet Bigelowmailto:janet_bigelow@tds.net

Outings Leaders:

Betsy Cofer mailto:eacofer@gmail.com, Barbara Allen mailto:allen745139@bellsouth.net,

Ron Shrieves mailto:ronaldshrieves@comcast.net, Chris Hamilton mailto:hikeintenn@gmail.com, Debbie Sharp dspuravida@yahoo.com




Upcoming HBG Events

See our next program meeting poster here.

Link to HBG

Outings Calendar.

HBG Resources

Link to our facebook pages: Harvey Broome Group, and Outings


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Updated: 05/01/2011