Dane County Chapter

Our chapter holds activities throughout the year – we maintain the Trail and surrounding landscapes, offer trail building outings and host hikes and interpretive walks.

Help Maintain a Section of the Ice Age Trail

Like the other National Scenic Trails, the Ice Age Trail is built and maintained by volunteers. We can use your help – for a morning, a few days a year, or on a more regular basis. Help at various locations or keep an eye on one or two particular miles of Trail.

If you want to come out and try out volunteering, see the event calendar for our events and work day schedule. We have at least one event on most weekends. You can also contact our chapter coordinator to discuss other volunteer options.

If you are coming to a workday for the first time, read Helpful Information for Workday Volunteers [PDF] to know what to bring and what to expect.

Dane Drifter Hiking Award Program

Do you want to hike all of the Ice Age Trail in Dane County? Sign up to become a Dane Drifter! As a reward for completing all the county’s segments, you’ll receive a patch and recognition for your achievement. You can take as much time as you’d like to finish and enjoy the intrinsic rewards along the way.

Complete the registration form [PDF] and send in the small fee. The form includes additional details, as well as a log for recording your progress. You can contact Gary or Kristi at kensinginn@tds.net for more information.

Ice Age Drift Newsletter

Check out the current issue of our chapter newsletter, Ice Age Drift: Fall 2014 [PDF].

Past Issues

Summer 2014 [PDF]
Winter 2014 [PDF]

Thousand-Miler WannaBes & Hikers’ Helpers

For those hiking through Dane and Green counties, contact Tess Mulrooney at tlmmdsn@aol.com for “Trail Angel” assistance. Tess can also connect you with new hiking pals who are exploring the entire Ice Age Trail year-round, piecing together the dashed line one segment at a time.

Mower Sign-Out Pages

For trained volunteers only: before using, please sign out the Billy Goat mower, large DR mower, or shoulder-mount brush cutter/trimmer.

Contact Us

For more information on chapter activities and/or hiking the Ice Age Trail in this region, contact our volunteer chapter coordinator:

Tom Gross
Cross Plains, WI
(608) 347-5154
ta144@tds.net

Our other 2014 chapter officers are:

Co-coordinator: Tom Wise, (608) 843-8053, wise@physics.wisc.edu
Secretary: Deb Diller, dillerdollar@yahoo.com
Treasurer: Anne Helsley-Marchbanks, (608) 231-3479, ahelsley@wisc.edu