Welcome to ICO! We hope you enjoy your
experiences with us. This page should answer some of the questions you
might have regarding ICO and our outings.
Thanks for joining us!
Why go on an outing with
You will learn how to
do cool things outdoors and have a really good time!
What kinds of outings are there?
We go canoeing, hiking, camping, fishing, snowshoeing, and do many other types of
activities. Sometimes we do service outings, like volunteering to help
clean up a park. Lengths of outings can range from a few hours to a few
Where do we go on outings?
We visit many local natural areas and parks, such as Lake Wingra, Cherokee
Marsh, Lake Farm Park, the UW
Arboretum, and Picnic Point, as well as many state parks around Madison.
I've never camped or canoed before. Can I still go
on an outing?
That's why we are here! Many students on ICO outings have limited
experience in the outdoors. We'll teach you the basic skills you'll need
to be safe and have fun.
What do I need to bring?
You need to bring a waiver/permission slip signed by a parent or guardian.
Without this form, you will not be able to participate in the outing. Your
coordinator or group leader will give this to you, along with information
about the trip, about two weeks before the trip begins. Please remember to
bring any needed medications, including inhalers and Epi-pens.
Other items you need to bring will depend on the trip. ICO
provides some basic equipment such as tents, extra water bottles, etc,
but you may need to bring some personal items such as good walking shoes,
a rain coat, or a small backpack. You will be given a list of items
necessary for each outing. If you don't have some of the items, they will
be provided for you if possible.
Don't see the answer to your question here? Feel free to
send us a note on our Contact ICO page.
Rules and Guidelines for ICO Trips
|Always wear your seat belt while riding in the
car or van.|
|Always stay with the group and listen to the
instructions of the leaders and volunteers.|
|Always leave places cleaner than they were
|Respect others' rights and others' property.|
|There will be a whistle in the first aid kit. When it
is blown, there is an important reason for the group to come together
|All of our garbage will be placed in trash bins or
packed out of the area in garbage bags that the leader will provide.
Please do not litter.|
|Keep the noise level down - people go to the
wilderness for peace and quiet. We will respect this.|
|Please do not take anything (plants, fossils, etc)
from the visited area. Let others enjoy them in their natural