Volunteer Opportunities


What’s Involved

Do you want to help children fall in love with the great outdoors? Do you like hiking? Do you like children?

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!  Please click here to see all the activities we need you for! [PDF]

Getting Started

To get started, simply fill out the Volunteer Forms at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions. Then attend an orientation meeting with the completed volunteer forms.  Orientation meetings are held during the third Monday of each month (March-December).   You will be asked to provide three character references & we run a background check on all adult volunteers. Once you are approved to volunteer, decide which hike to attend then contact the leader to express your interest and arrange when and where to meet.

Attend your First Meeting

  • Third Monday of every month via Zoom (March-December)
  • Come at 7:05 – 7:30 pm for orientation
  • Volunteer contact info will be placed in ICO’s Listserve to all Leaders and Volunteers.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to take the initiative in contacting leaders to join in upcoming hikes.

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, monthly schedules of hikes will only be emailed to the leaders and volunteers on ICO’s listserve.  Once volunteers are approved, then volunteers will be added to the listserve.

Forms for Volunteers: 

Volunteer Application [PDF: 41KB]

Volunteer Code of Ethics [PDF: 12KB]

Volunteer Agreement [PDF: 35KB]

ICO Hikes: Many Possible Tasks and Roles for Volunteers [Word: 47KB]

Authorization for background check [Word doc: 15KB]

Please fill out and email the completed forms to our volunteer coordinator Laurie Woerfel at heldinlove@aol.com.

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