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.
Volunteer With Us
Please send us an email if you are interested in helping with any of the opportunities listed below.
We are recruiting people who would like to join our mowing crew. Our Chapter utilizes a unique system that allows the mowing crew a lot of flexibility. We own two power driven DR 17H walk behind mowers that are stored on trailers at Lapham Peak. New crew members will need to be trained in all safety procedures to use this equipment. Mowing crew members must wear ear and eye protection, gloves, long pants and leather boots. You would need to be comfortable pulling a trailer with your own vehicle. Trail mowing is not for everyone, as you should be comfortable with power equipment and willing and able to put in some long days of walking, but it is one of the most rewarding volunteer jobs on the trail. Email Pat Witkowski or call 262-490-3515 to let her know if you want to be part of this amazing crew, or help out with any other trail maintenance.
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. 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 Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest 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.
Outreach Event Participants
Outreach events are a great opportunity to spread the word about the Ice Age Trail. If you enjoy meeting people in public and talking about hiking, volunteer opportunities, and the benefits of becoming a member of the 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, 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.
Reporting Your Volunteer Hours
Volunteers should always track their hours for quarterly reporting. Download the individual volunteers hours log [MS Word].
2016 “In the Mud” Award Winner
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 Peter Dargatz and Jeannie & David Georgson are the recipients of the prestigious “In the Mud” Award for their commitment to support and protect the Ice Age Trail.
“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.
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.
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 or 262-490-3515.
We welcome the opportunity to bring our volunteers and 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.
- General chapter email
- Chapter Communication Coordinator – Kris
- Volunteer Hours Coordinator – Sandy
- Public Outreach Coordinators – Bob and Sue
- Treasurer – Russ
- Hike Coordinator – Becky
- Tyke Hike Coordinator – Peter
- Trail Coordinator & Thru-Hiker Liaison – Pat or 262-490-3515
- Secretary – Kevin
- Membership Coordinator – Barb
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