Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter

We are responsible for preserving and protecting the ~45-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail (IANST) corridor that travels through Washington County. Local volunteers developed the first Washington County segment of the IANST 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

  • January 2015 [PDF]
  • February 2015 [PDF]
  • March 2015 [PDF]
  • April 2015 [PDF]
  • May 2015 [PDF]
  • June 2015  (draft) [PDF]
  • July 2015 (informal “Mid-Summer Update”) [PDF]

Hikes

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 people who have completed the program (Meanderers [PDF]).

Volunteer Opportunities

Trail Monitors

Our chapter relies heavily 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 — Joe Aldstadt ([email protected])
  • Vice Coordinator — Craig Sanford ([email protected])
  • 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 —Tom Alberg ([email protected])
  • Webmaster — Doug Galaszewski ([email protected])

You can also connect with us on our Facebook Page.


Link to DR Mower sign-up site.

MAPS of Segments in Washington County.