Local volunteers developed the first segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Washington County in 1977, but the Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter was not established until 1987. The Chapter currently has approximately 300 members. We are responsible for preserving and protecting the 45-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail (IANST) corridor in Washington County. 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, & trail improvement days, as well as socials and outreach events.
The Chapter meets on the first Tuesday of the month, with the exceptions of July, August and December. We change locations for the meetings to accomodate our members from different parts of the county, 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.
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 With Us
Volunteers should always track their hours for quarterly reporting. The volunteer hours should be reported to Rod ([email protected]) at the end of March, June, September, and December. Download the individual volunteers hours log [MS Word].
Hike Coordinators and Leaders
We can always use people who are willing to coordinate and lead hikes. We have seen a steady increase in the number of hiking participants recently, and we are looking for help with organizing hikes, educating people on plant life and geological formations along the Trail, and answering questions that may arise. Two of our most popular hikes, the First Day Hike, on January 1st of every year, and the National Trails Day Hike, which always takes place on the first Saturday in June, are in need of coordinators. If you enjoy exploring the Northern Moraine State Forest area and sharing your knowledge of the great outdoors, please consider becoming a volunteer hike leader. Training will be provided.
Outreach Event Participants
Outreach events are a great opportunity to spread the word about the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. If you enjoy meeting people in public and talking about hiking, volunteer opportunities, and the benefits of becoming a member of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, this may be a perfect match for you. We are looking for people who can hand out informational materials. Outreach events can be any day of the week and are usually in the middle of the day. The setup is fairly simple, so this is something to consider if you are retired and looking for a fun way to meet people in the community.
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 County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, contact our Chapter Coordinator. We welcome the opportunity to bring our volunteers and promotional materials to any outreach event that is environment or community focused. Please contact us if you have an event you would like us to participate in.
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])
- Secretary — Judy Rose ([email protected])
- Treasurer — John Oneill ([email protected])
- Education Coordinator — Leah Bradley
- Equipment Coordinator — Lance Henrickson ([email protected])
- Membership Coordinator — Rod Bartlow ([email protected])
- Publicity Coordinator — Lisa DeLaney
- Trail Maintenance Coordinator — Joe Aldstadt ([email protected])
- Webmaster — Jane Wester ([email protected])