Photo Credit: Rachel Roberts

Connecting Kids to the Ice Age Trail

Join us on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail – one of Wisconsin’s premier outdoor playgrounds and learning labs!

Resources for Hike Leaders: Games and Activities

Explore the Ice Age Trail. Encourage a deeper connection to nature.  Enhance your child’s hike.

The Art of Sauntering Cover

The Art of Sauntering: Games and Activities

This hike leader’s guide to games and activities (downloadable PDF) offers plenty ideas for how to get and keep kids engaged while out for a hike or field experience on the Ice Age Trail. These activities are a wonderful way to begin a hike, keep a group together, spice up a destination, or occupy part of the group while the other part catches up. Adults will enjoy them as much as children!

These activities are reprinted courtesy of courtesy of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and were originally developed by Delia Clark and Pat Straughan for Shelburne Farms.

Ice Age Trail Bingo

Explorer Program: Trail Discoveries

The downloadable [PDF] playsheets (see example left) were created by Education Outfitters as a result of generous funding for a grant project known as “From the Inside Out”.

Each tab contains age appropriate playsheets as a way to expand and deepen the hiking experience. Created by a former educator, these activities offer something for every learning style.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Saunters Program, Summer Saunters, Think Outside, Childhood Obesity, Wisconsin Common Core Curriculum, Summer School, Youth backpacking trips, Service learning

Companion Guide for Sauntering

You can download the Companion Guide for Sauntering – an Ice Age Trail journal [PDF] for your children or your students to use as they explore the Ice Age Trail.

A collaboration of Alliance staff, Saunters teachers and volunteers developed the guide, which covers core concepts related to the natural environment and includes activities students can complete on the Trail.

All activities are connected to the Common Core and/or Wisconsin Model Academic Standards. A guide for hike leaders that details the connections to Common Core and Wisconsin Model Academic Standards is also available.

Ice Age Trail Alliance ColdCache Program

ColdCache Program

Most hikes also connect with the Alliance’s ColdCache program which is an exciting way to explore and learn about the many natural features along the Ice Age Trail.

If you are looking for a family-friendly or classroom-friendly activity that allows your children to experience the thrill of a treasure hunt, learn important navigational skills and develop an appreciation for Wisconsin’s fascinating Ice Age history, ColdCaching is for you!

We thank these partners for their help in providing resources so kids and families can explore and engage with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, American Girl Fund for Children
National Park Foundation, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance,