College-bound volunteers can apply for the Doug “Stickman” Sherman Scholarship

Thousands of volunteers dedicate themselves to the Ice Age Trail each year. All of these efforts are worth a bundle, and now those heading off to college can really cash in.

We’re excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the Ice Age Trail Alliance Doug “Stickman” Sherman scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time in 2015 to a college-bound young adult who has volunteered with the Alliance.

A photo of Doug "Stickman" Sherman

The scholarship honors the work of Doug “Stickman” Sherman, a longtime Alliance volunteer who passed away in 2014. Over a number of years, Stickman hand-carved hundreds of hiking sticks for students taking part in Saunters, the Alliance’s school program that brings kids onto the Ice Age Trail.

For weeks on end, students carried Doug’s creations all across Wisconsin – along the shores of the Wisconsin River, on towering bluffs overlooking Devil’s Lake, through the deepest northwoods forests, around the crags of Eau Claire Dells and across vast prairies.

Stickman sticks 1 Stickman sticks 2

 

The sticks provided balance, confidence and a helping hand. In essence, Stickman was with young hikers every step of the way as they explored the Ice Age Trail and took on a steady calm that only the solace of nature can provide. We are happy to carry on Mr. Sherman’s positive impact to tomorrow’s Trail supporters through this scholarship.

How to Apply

The Doug “Stickman” Sherman Scholarship is a one-time $500 award and is open to young adults who are preparing to go to college. In order to qualify, applicants must have:

  • A history of volunteering with the Ice Age Trail Alliance and/or serving as a Saunters mentor
  • A love of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and a desire to create, support and protect the Trail for future generations
  • Future goals that include a degree in the environmental or education fields or a related field

Interested students should reference the application form [PDF] for complete instructions on how to apply. All submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2015.

 

Welcome to our New Website!

Take a look around! We’re excited about all the ways our new website will help you get out on the Ice Age Trail.

Some highlights:

  • Our new Trail Map gives you a statewide map with layers of the Trail, connecting routes and parking lots. If you scroll down on that page, you can also find a download for GPS waypoints and updates to the Ice Age Trail Guidebook.
  • Recommended Hikes has details for our favorite day hikes and backpacking trips all along the Trail.
  • We adapted this from our previous website, but we still think it’s great: About the Ice Age Trail gives you an intro to the Trail and some interesting facts.

We hope you enjoy the new website and find it helpful for answering all your questions about the Ice Age Trail. If there’s something you can’t find, you can always give our office a call during business hours at (800) 227-0046 or send an email to info@iceagetrail.org.

 

Explore new Trail in Chippewa County

Make your way to Wisconsin’s Northwoods this fall to hike 1.5 miles of new Ice Age Trail on the Harwood Lakes Segment.

At a Mobile Skills Crew trail building event this fall, volunteers built new trail and upgraded over 3 miles of signage, continuing work from a fall 2013 project. The properties that host the new Trail are permanently protected by conservation easements held by the Alliance thanks to a partnership with Chippewa County and the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes.

Volunteers also extended the Trail by half a mile on the Chippewa River Segment, eliminating a section of road walk. The new Trail here is protected as well, thanks to a partnership with the Chippewa County Land Conservancy. The state Knowles Nelson Stewardship program and federal Land and Water Conservation Fund contributed to the protection of this property, where more new Trail is planned for the future.

View the online trail map to see the new Trail, or reference Map 16f in your Ice Age Trail Atlas.

THANK YOU to our volunteers, and happy hiking!

 

Hunting Season and Hiking on the Ice Age Trail

There can be a lot of details to navigate when you hike the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin’s fall and winter seasons: hunting season dates, trail closures on private property, and public lands where the Trail is open and hunting is also allowed.

Visit our Hiking During Hunting Seasons page to get a full breakdown of all the things to consider. Here are the main things you’ll want to remember:

  • WEAR BLAZE ORANGE or other bright colors. This applies to you and your pet. We consider October through April Blaze Orange Season on the Trail.
  • THE TRAIL CLOSES IN SOME AREAS WHERE IT CROSSES PRIVATE PROPERTY. The Trail Conditions page has information on sections that close, but it may not have all of them. Many of our volunteer chapter coordinators know the parts of the Trail that close in their region; contact the coordinator in the area you want to hike to find out about Trail closures. Sections that close should also have on-the-ground signage announcing the details of the closure.
  • THE 9-DAY GUN DEER SEASON is from November 22-30 this year. This is the most popular season and the time you’re most likely to see your hiking options limited.

Join us for our final Regional Rally Nov. 8

Our third and final Regional Rally will take place Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Hausmann Nature Center in the Lapham Peak unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Everyone is welcome! If you’ve wanted to learn more about volunteering or spending time on the Ice Age Trail, this is a great opportunity to get involved. Participants will be sharing stories and updates from the Trail, and IATA staff will guide discussions and training on various topics.

You do not need to be an IATA member or volunteer to participate. The day runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and lunch is provided.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Brad Crary at (608) 798-4453 or brad@iceagetrail.org.