Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter

The Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter was established in 1984 and currently has approximately 330 members. We are responsible for maintaining the 44.7 miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Waukesha County.

We regularly sponsor workdays and hikes on the Trail. Go to the calendar to see our upcoming events. You can also subscribe to our electronic newsletter to stay up to date.

Chapter Meetings

The Chapter meets the 3rd Thursday of each month (except July and December) at 7:00 p.m. Our agenda always allows the opportunity for discussion of news and concerns beyond scheduled reports, and occasionally we have speakers with informative and entertaining programs at the meetings.

2014 “In the Mud” Award Winners

Each year we vote on one or two individuals who have gone above and beyond through their volunteering. This year, we are pleased to announce that Chris Miller and Jane Wester are the recipients of the prestigious “In the Mud” Award for their commitments to support and protect the Ice Age Trail.

Volunteer With Us

Please send us an email if you are interested in helping with any of the opportunities listed below.

Adopt-a-trail Program

Go to our Adopt-a-trail Program page to learn more about volunteer opportunities that involve trail monitoring and maintenance on the Ice Age Trail in Waukesha County.

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. If you enjoy exploring the Southern Kettle Moraine area and sharing your knowledge of the great outdoors, please consider becoming a volunteer hike leader. Training will be provided.

Greeters at Meetings

Greeters are a vital part to making people feel welcome at our chapter meetings. They are asked to arrive about 30 minutes before the meeting to hand out nametags, ask people to sign in, and answer any questions newcomers may have. This has been very successful and we are always looking for new faces at the door.

Reporting Your Volunteer Hours

Volunteers should always track their hours for quarterly reporting. Download the individual volunteers hours log [MS Word].

Greeters at the Hausmann Nature Center

Every Saturday and Sunday from June to October, volunteers greet visitors, answer questions about exhibits, operate the gift shop area, and assist children in the Kids’ Corner. This is a great opportunity to meet Lapham Peak visitors, learn new skills, and share the wonderful features of this beautiful building and surrounding views. Orientation is provided. For more details, please contact Louise at lborzynski10@gmail.com or 262-646-8583.

Walk the Wauk Hiking Award Program

Our Walk the Wauk program rewards hikers who have walked all Ice Age Trail segments in the Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter’s territory. Download the program brochure [PDF] to learn how you can join the ranks of “Walk the Waukers.” Once you have completed the program, you will receive a “Walk the Wauk” patch, an Ice Age Trail Alliance sticker [PDF] and a certificate. If you or your family would like to be highlighted for your accomplishment of completing the Walk the Wauk program, please send us an email.

Workdays

There are smaller local groups that go out to the field on a regular basis. Pat is also working with local school and other community groups on an individual basis. If you know of an organization that is interested in participating in land stewardship projects, or if you would like to know more about the smaller groups working, please contact Pat at gwit@charter.net.

Community Outreach

We welcome the opportunity to bring our volunteers and our promotional materials to any outreach event that is environmentally or community focused. Please contact us if you have an event you would like us to participate in.

Contact Us

  • General chapter email – iatawaukmilwchapter@gmail.com
  • Chapter Communication Coordinator – Kris (krjonorthlk@yahoo.com)
  • Volunteer Coordinator – Yvonne (myfort2@wi.rr.com)
  • Public Outreach Coordinator – Jane (jane.wester@yahoo.com)
  • Treasurer & Hike Coordinator – Russ (revans@carrollu.edu)
  • Hike Coordinator – Becky (wht_bcky@yahoo.com)
  • Tike Hike Coordinator – Peter (p_dargatz@yahoo.com)
  • Trail Coordinator & Thru-Hiker Liaison – Pat (gwit@charter.net or 262-490-3515)
  • Secretary – Kevin (kevkuhlmann@lycos.com)
  • Membership Coordinator – Judy (judyrose@wi.rr.com)

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