Providing free nature outings and adventures to youth who would other wise not have such opportunities, Boulder Valley ICO is entirely volunteer run.

See our new website for more information on our program.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Scary Fish 2009

It took a while to get this video together but here it is: footage from our "Scary Fish" backpacking trip in 2009. This trip is so-named because the fish in the lakes we visit on this outing are so big they're scary. Thanks to Kera Tafoya and Melissa Pierce for making this trip a success. It was, indeed, a lot of fun.

Note: This video makes fair use of copyrighted material by Lyle Lovett.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Congratulations, After-the-Holidays Party, & 2009 Statistics


Congratulations to all of the volunteers who make Boulder Valley ICO so successful! We have been awarded the Special Achievement Award from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club for our outstanding work over the last year and a half.

Congratulations are also due to Linda Muscatell, our treasurer, who has been awarded a Certification of Appreciation for her contributions to Boulder Valley ICO. Our chairperson, Michael Le Desma, has also been awarded the Chapter's Grassroots Leader of the Year award.

After-the-holidays Party

These awards will be presented at the Chapter's After-the-Holidays party this weekend. Please join us:

Sunday, January 19, 7-9 p.m.
Unitarian Church, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder 80303

Please bring a side dish, dessert, and/or beverage (beer and wine ok) to share.

Please let Steve Welter know if you plan to attend by emailing him at

Our 2009 Statistics

And, just in, are our statistics from 2009, and they are impressive:

We generated 364 kid-days, for 177 kids, with a whopping 3,792 volunteer-hours. Our cost per kid-day for single-day outings was an amazing $5, and our cost per kid-day for multi-day backpacking was just above $20. These are great numbers!

Equally impressive, our volunteers donated approximately $3,900 in mileage, food, and fuel to the program in 2009.

Way to go, folks!