Washington/Ozaukee Chapter

Trail Conditions – Wild Parsnip

There is wild parsnip along all trail segments in Washington County. See the link for identification and instructions

IAT — Wild Parsnip Poster

About the Chapter

We are responsible for preserving and protecting the ~45-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail (IANST) corridor in Washington County. Local volunteers developed the first segment ~10 years before the Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter’s formation in 1987.

Our volunteers build and maintain segments of the IANST between New Fane (on the border of Fond du Lac County) and Monches (on the border of Waukesha County). We regularly sponsor meetings, hikes, & workdays.

Chapter Meetings

Most of the time we meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month. We change locations for the meetings, so be sure to check our event calendar for more details.

We kick off every new year with our Annual Meeting in January. This is a great opportunity to see featured guest speakers and enjoy a potluck lunch. Our speakers are typically either Thousand-Milers, who have completed the entire IANST, or people who share their hiking-related presentations (e.g., on the geology of the Kettle Moraine) with the public.

Meeting Minutes

April 2016 draft minutes

May 2016 minutes

June 2016 minutes


Guided hikes are one of our favorite events that we sponsor. Some of them include a Candlelight Hike/Ski at Pike Lake in February, a National Trails Day hike in June, and a Fall Colors Hike in October. Other guided hikes on every trail segment are offered from March through November, highlighted by two moonlight hikes each year.

You can find details about our guided hikes on our event calendar.

“Meander the Mid-Moraine” Hiking Award Program

Our Meander the Mid-Moraine hiking award program challenges hikers to complete the entire ~45-mile IANST corridor through Washington County.  Download the program brochure [PDF] to learn how you can join the newly minted Meanderers. You can also view a list of those who have completed the program (Meanderers [PDF]).

Volunteer Opportunities

Trail Monitors

Our chapter relies exclusively on volunteers to maintain the IANST and to report any trail issues so they can be addressed quickly. Any signs of vandalism should especially be reported immediately so that we can increase our presence in vulnerable areas. If you have an issue to report, please contact our Chapter Coordinator.

Hike Leaders

We offer many hikes throughout the year and could always use hike leaders to join us. If you enjoy getting outdoors and exploring, please contact our Chapter Coordinator. It’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet others with similar interests!

Local Partnerships

Our chapter promotes the IANST by building relationships with a variety of local organizations. If you are interested in becoming a partner of the Washington/Ozaukee Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, contact our Chapter Coordinator.

Contact Us

For more information on Chapter activities and/or hiking the IANST in this region, feel free to contact one of our chapter officers:

  • Chapter Coordinator — Tom Alberg ([email protected])
  • Vice Coordinator — OPEN
  • Secretary — Judy Rose ([email protected])
  • Treasurer — Bob Stodola ([email protected])
  • Education Coordinator — Leah Bradley
  • Equipment Coordinators — Lance Henrickson ([email protected]) & Mike Fischer ([email protected])
  • Membership Coordinator — Rod Bartlow ([email protected])
  • Publicity Coordinator — Lisa DeLaney
  • Trailways Coordinator — Joe Aldstadt ([email protected])
  • Webmaster — Doug Galaszewski ([email protected])

 MAPS of Segments in Washington County.