For Youth and Families

Youth and Families Angeles Chapter Sierra Club

The Angeles Chapter provides opportunities for youth and their families to GET OUTDOORS and explore, enjoy & protect our natural world.


"Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for Nature.  Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living." 

- Zenobia Barlow, Confluence of Streams


  • Little Hikers/Junior Explorers 
    The Angeles Chapter’s Little Hikers/Junior Explorers conducts a program of outdoor activities for families with children.  Typical outings include car camps, day hikes, picnics & skiing.  We provide a unique opportunity for our children to learn about conservation -- to explore, enjoy and protect the wilderness.  All outings are family outings; each child must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or other responsible adult.  Events are also suitable for beginning hikers and newcomers are welcome!
  • Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO)
    Los Angeles
    Orange County
    Inspiring Connections Outdoors is a community outreach program that provides outdoor opportunities for urban youth and adults.  Through these outings, ICO promotes interpersonal skills and self-esteem by involving participants in teamwork, teaching them self-reliance outside an urban setting, and encouraging them to take an active role in protecting the environment.  As its participants discover the beauty of wild lands, ICO also helps the Club build support for environmental protection in urban communities across the country.


The Sierra Club has joined forces with other organizations to advance policies and implement strategies for connecting youth with the outdoors:

  • Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) - Outdoors Alliance for Kids is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with the common interest of expanding the number and quality of opportunities for children, youth and families to connect with the outdoors.  The Sierra Club is the founder and chair of OAK.
  • No Child Left Inside The Sierra Club is a member of the No Child Left Inside Coalition which supports incentives for incorporating environmental education into public school curricula across the nation.


Additional resources for getting your children and families outdoors:

  • Children & Nature Network - The Children & Nature Network is leading a movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature.
  • Nature Rocks -- This site will help you find all sorts of nature activities, plus tools to help guide and plan your adventures.  You'll also find useful tips and information to help you get into nature without getting over your head.  It's fast and easy so you can shut your computer down quickly,  open up that door and be on your way in as little as 5 minutes.  Nature is closer than you think! 
  • Let's Move Outside  -- Michelle Obama’s campaign to end childhood obesity within one generation.  Let's Move Outside, administered by Department of Inetrior, was created to get kids and families to take advantage of America's great outdoors, which abound in every city, town and community.  By linking parents to nearby parks, trails and waters, and providing tips and ideas, Let's Move Outside can help families develop a more active lifestyle.
  • Discover the Forest -- It's good to get outdoors!  When you were a kid it was easy to spend time in nature - you didn't need anything but your imagination and the great outdoors.  Today, it can be hard to break free and get out there to share that same experience with your kids. But it's worth it, and nature is closer than you think.  Unplug from the daily routine and reconnect with nature, and each other!  Get ideas for where to go and what to do, then grab the kids and start discovering!
  • Buddy Bison -- Buddy Bison is the mascot of the National Park Trust.  He encourages kids to "Explore Outdoors!  The Parks Are Yours!"  Site has information for kids, parents & teachers relating to our National Parks.
  • The Children's Nature Institute -- For more than 25 years, The Children's Nature Institute (CNI) has fostered children's natural sense of wonderment through the use of hands-on exploration to discover the natural world.  CNI's nature education programs provide children age 8 and under with an experiential learning environment.  Whether digging in the dirt looking for worms or roly-polies, looking closely at the bark of a tree to discover a line of ants, spraying a spider web with water to see it glisten in the sunlight, or comparing and contrasting the textures of different leaves, we experience nature through observation and exploration.


[Thanksgiving with the Ruiz Family at Big Bear Lake, header photo courtesy of Peter Ruiz]