Volunteers are welcome to join any ICO outing. Assistance is always needed and appreciated! Volunteers accompany the hikes, interacting with the kids and supporting the leader. No prior experience is necessary, just a desire to help out and have fun!
General Hike Logistics
Hikes occur throughout the week, but mostly on Saturdays. Although there are some longer hikes and over night trips, most hikes run from about 9am to 2pm and are approximately 1.5 to 4 miles in length. Volunteers typically meet leaders at the trailhead or carpool there with them.
What to Bring and Wear
Depending upon the weather, you should wear shorts or long pants, shirt and jacket, hat with a brim, and sturdy walking shoes—hiking boots are generally not necessary, but may make the hike more comfortable. You should bring 2 quarts of water, lunch, suncreen, sunglasses, and daypack. You may also wish to bring a whistle, camera, frisbee, ball, or nature books.
Current Hike Scheduling
For safety reasons, the schedule of hikes is posted only in our monthly bulletins. This publication contains a schedule of current outings with contact information for leaders. Once you attend a monthly meeting we can provide you with more information.
To get started, simply attend a monthly meeting, and contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Pamela Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be asked to provide three character references. It is important for ICO to get to know potential volunteers, so attending a meeting prior to volunteering is strongly encouraged. Once you have decided which hike to attend, contact the leader to express your interest and arrange when and where to meet.
To find out more about volunteering, please come to one of our monthly meetings. The meetings begin at 7:30pm (7:00pm for teachers requesting trips and prospective volunteers and leaders) and are held on the third Monday of every month (except Jan. and Feb.). Located at the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter headquarters in the Equitable Building, 3435 Wilshire Blvd., #660, (one block east of Normandie). Enter on Mariposa for free night parking in the parking garage under the building. Click here to view a Yahoo map.
The name, phone number, and e-mail address of new volunteers will be posted in the next issue of the ICO Bulletin so leaders will be encouraged to contact them for inclusion and support on their outings. However, volunteers are encouraged to take the initiative in contacting leaders.
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Becoming a Leader
You may continue as a volunteer indefinitely. However, we hope you will enjoy what we are doing, come to meetings, and become an Outings leader yourself. Jump to the Info for Leaders page!
[Joshua Tree. Photo credit: Vicente Baldwin]