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I started a new group last year at Columbus School and so far all the kids are Latino/a -- including many new arrivals from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and some from Mexico seeking asylum. ICO plays a wonderful role in getting them outdoors enjoying nature and not thinking so much about their troubles. Please donate!

The photo is of some of us on an ICO trip last spring holding a giant bittersweet vine that we pulled from around the native plantings in Edgewood Park on our March trip. Bittersweet is invasive so we helped clear it out, along with volunteers from the Friends of Edgewood Park and Urban Resources Initiative. The kids had a lot of fun while contributing to an important goal and learning about our local ecosystem. Then we went ice skating at the Northford rink, which was also a big hit!

The 12th annual Rock to Rock ride will be on April 25, and as usual I'll be raising funds for ICO (formerly Inner City Outings, now Inspiring Connections Outdoors). ICO provides all kinds of outdoor experiences like hiking, swimming, canoeing, camping, cross-country skiing, while encouraging youth leadership, self-reliance and an appreciation for the beauty and frailty of our planet. We cover all costs associated with the trips. This is my 27th year and I have no plans to retire!