Photo by: Justin Helmkamp

Annual Conference & Membership Meeting 2022

SAVE the DATE: Thursday, April 21 – Sunday, April 24, 2022

We look forward to seeing you at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn & Convention Center.

Please continue scrolling for the schedule of events.

HICC- Holiday Inn Convention Center (3) - Copy

Reminder: Registration closes April 1, 2022

2022 Conference Packages and Pricing – Register Early to Save!

All packages include conference registration fee and three meals per day. Staying Saturday night? You’ll get complimentary breakfast on Sunday, too.

Add Saturday’s Long-Distance Hiking Seminar! $100 with conference package OR $125 as a stand-alone event including lunch ($150 after March 18).

Only want to attend Saturday Night’s Dinner and Awards Banquet? $30/person.

Conference Packages Early Bird Rate (before March 18) Regular Rate

 

Three-Day (Thurs, Fri, Sat) $195 $220
Two-Day $150 $175
One-Day $125 $150
Long-Distance Hiking Seminar (includes lunch) $125 $150
Add Hiking Seminar to conference package $100 $125
Awards Banquet stand-alone rate (it is included with Saturday packages) $30 $30

Reserve your hotel stay, now.

Book online at this webpage.

or

Reservation phone line: 715-344-0200 and press #3

Conference room block code: ICE

Room prices:

      • Standard Double Occupancy: $109
      • Standard Single Occupancy: $82

Deadline for room reservations: March 21, 2022.

2022 Conference Registration Form (for those who prefer paper forms). Please note: We must receive your form BEFORE April 1.

Conference Highlights

List of Board of Directors’ Nominees (necessary for casting vote during Annual Meeting)

Conference Schedule at a Glance (coming soon)

Conference Program (coming soon)

We are excited to offer an in-person gathering again in 2022 and want to enable conference participants to have a safe and rewarding experience.  Information about protocols will be provided in the lead-up to the Conference.

Please revisit this tab for updates.

Registered attendees will receive an email detailing safety protocols a week prior to the Conference.

 

 

Schedule of Events

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Nature's Benefits on the Ice Age Trail, Refuge in Uncertain Times
The Hartman Creek Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Photo by Cameron Gillie.

Please stop by the Registration table to pick up your name tag and conference schedule.

Enjoy a fine start to the day with fellow conference attendees. Fuel up with coffee and good conversation. Buffet meal served.

Saunter through the rolling oak forests and savannas of Central Wisconsin followed by a brewery stop. This hike takes you through the Hartman Creek State Park portion of the segment, which is located on terrain formed as the Wisconsin glacier retreated down a regional slope. Along the way you’ll pass by one of the Ice Age Trail’s largest erratics.

Hike: 4.5 miles, hilly terrain (shorter distance available), 30-minute bus ride. An hour-long stop at Central Waters Brewing Company. Box lunches
provided.

Limit: 80 participants.

Think Outside & Working With Youth
Think Outside is a National Park Service-sponsored expansion of the Alliance’s youth education Saunters program. It supports an audacious goal: engage 10,000 fourth graders in field experiences along the Ice Age Trail. In this session, we will discuss the Think Outside program, share stories from those who have participated, and answer questions about how you can get involved.

Presenters: Amy Lord, Outreach and Education Manager, and Sarah Pearce, Saunters Project Coordinator

 

The Importance of Continuous Habitat Corridor
More information coming soon…

 

Hiker Resources
Learn about the digital resources available to assist you on your thousand-mile journey. We’ll introduce you to the intricacies of the online, interactive Hiker Resource map and give you a tour of FarOut, the Ice Age Trail map app for mobile devices. We’ll teach you how to locate the most up-to-date Trail conditions before you head out on a hike. You’ll also learn the best way to submit Trail Alerts, the downed trees, high water, unsafe structures, and more you might encounter while hiking.

Presenters: Tiffany Stram, GIS and Technology Specialist, and Brad Crary, Special Projects Coordinator

Integrated Forest Management along the Ice Age Trail
Silviculture is the art and science of managing forests to meet the diverse needs and values of landowners and society on a sustainable basis. Forest management is easy when the goals and objectives are familiar or traditional. However, it’s challenging when foresters must adapt to changing societal needs and values. Forest management along the Ice Age Trail is one such challenge. This presentation examines innovative ways to manage forests within State Ice Age Trail Areas while maintaining the aesthetic and recreational goals of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Habitat Restoration and Prairies along the Ice Age Trail
More information coming soon…

 

How an Idea Becomes the Ice Age Trail
More information coming soon

Mingle with friends, bid on Silent Auction items, and browse the Chapter displays.
Cash bar available.

Enjoy getting to know fellow conference attendees around the dinner table. Buffet meal served.

Guess the Trail Segment
The wildly popular game is back with new segments, new visuals, new clues, and new prizes! Bring your friends and knowledge of the Ice Age Trail to Guess the Segment!

Presenter: Dave Caliebe

 

Thousand-Miler Adventures
One-of-a-kind stories abound as recent Thousand-Milers re-live their days on the Ice Age Trail. Immerse yourself in tales of Trail Angel kindnesses and the nitty-gritty details of a life-altering journey.

Presenter(s): TBD

Geography Vignettes
Be in the know as you learn about some of the best places along the Ice Age Trail to experience the glaciers’ landscape story.

Presenter: Drew Hanson

 

Thousand-Miler Adventures
One-of-a-kind stories abound as recent Thousand-Milers re-live their days on the Ice Age Trail. Immerse yourself in tales of Trail Angel kindnesses and the nitty-gritty details of a life-altering journey.

Presenter(s): TBD

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Annual Conference and Membership Meeting
Jennifer Pharr Davis, Keynote Speaker, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Please stop by the Registration table to pick up your name tag and conference schedule.

Enjoy a fine start to the day with fellow conference attendees. Fuel up with coffee and good conversation. Buffet meal served.

Two quality options:

Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment, Waupaca County
A portion of this segment (and the focus of this hike) passes through the Skunk and Foster Lakes State Natural Area. This beautiful area contains
crystal clear pot-hole lakes, large erratics, and mature forest. There is an option for an additional 0.8-mile loop for those who want to further stretch their legs.

Hike: 1.8 miles or 2.6 miles, moderate terrain, 25-minute bus ride. Lunch at the conference center.
Limit: 80 participants.

A Field Trip Across the Moraines of Eastern Portage County
Discover the striking landscape changes along US-54 from I-39 in Portage County while putting the segments of Central Wisconsin into a broader glacial geological context. This driving tour, with stops for observations, discussions, photos, and rock sampling, is led by Terry Gerlach, retired Geologist, US Geological Survey. The route will follow the retreat of the Late Wisconsin Glaciation from its westward-most extent. Learn how the Arnott, Hancock, and Almond moraines and the Elderon ice margins shaped the region’s landscape.

Hike: Driving tour, primarily. Short walks near bus for photos, discussion, etc. Lunch at the conference center.
Limit: 30 participants.

Board members gather to discuss Alliance business.

For chapter leaders by chapter leaders, this workshop offers the opportunity to share about successful events and activities. New ideas, brainstorming, and plenty of discussion keep this session fresh.

Gather with fellow conference attendees around the lunch table. Buffet meal served.

A summit for young adults seeking to facilitate their careers working with natural resources and outdoor recreation. Learn from professionals in the outdoor and environmental sectors and be inspired by a special screening of documentary film, Breaking Trail (see Saturday’s details).

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Welcome / Overview of the Ice Age Trail Alliance
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Roundtables: Conversation for Conservation Careers
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Movie: Breaking Trail
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Young Adult Panel: Thousand-Miler Adventures

Breaking Trail (documentary film): Emily Ford sets out with a borrowed sled dog to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter. As the journey tests their endurance, the duo embraces the unexpected kindness of strangers. Written and directed by Jesse Roesler, Principal and Creative Director at the creative content studio Credo Nonfiction, this film premiered at the 2021 the BANFF Film Festival.

This is an opportunity to come together as members under the big Ice Age Trail Alliance tent. Celebrate Alliance successes and elect board
members. This meeting is free and open to all members.

Download list of Board of Directors’ nominees [PDF].

Mingle with friends, bid on Silent Auction items, browse Chapter displays, and enjoy music performed by a UW-Stevens Point jazz ensemble.
Cash bar available.

Members of the newly elected Board of Directors convenes to conduct Alliance business.

Enjoy getting to know fellow conference attendees around the dinner table. Buffet meal served.

Jennifer Pharr Davis, Record-Setting Hiker

Jennifer Pharr Davis is a lover of long trails and good stories. She has inspired women and men across the country with her message “the trail is there for everyone at every phase of life” and has made a name for herself as a record setting hiker, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, sought after speaker, and award-winning author. Jennifer was featured in the 2020 IMAX film Into America’s Wild narrated by Morgan Freeman, serves on the President’s Council for Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, and is founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company, the guiding service she began in 2008.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail, Annual Conference & Membership Meeting
Emily Ford and Diggins. Breaking Trail documentary movie screening, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Please stop by the Registration table to pick up your name tag and conference schedule.

Enjoy a fine start to the day with fellow conference attendees. Fuel up with coffee and good conversation. Buffet meal served.

Three quality options:

Bohn Lake Segment, Waushara County
Explore this newly extended segment through a rock garden and, along the bottom, a tunnel channel holding Bohn Lake. Enjoy the views of the
lake and new loop encircling this body of water.

Hike: 2.2 miles, easy terrain, 40-minute bus ride. Lunch at the conference center.
Limit: 80 participants.

 

Let’s Wing It: Bird Hike at UW-Stevens Point’s Natural Campus
Bring your binoculars (or grab a pair from us) and try your hand at birding during a hike through the Schmeeckle Reserve. Birding experts will lead
you around the 280-acre nature conservancy on the UW-Stevens Point campus, watching for birds along its trails, boardwalks, and lake. You’ll
enjoy the diversity of habitats at the Reserve, which supports numerous wildlife species.

Hike: 2-4 miles, easy to moderate terrain throughout the Reserve, 10-minute bus ride. Lunch at the conference center.
Limit: 35 participants.

 

“Listening Session” Small-Group Hike
Sit quietly in the forest and listen to what it has to offer. This less-than-a-mile hike, led by Eric Sherman (Membership and Grants
Coordinator) will lead a small group of participants into a Stevens Point area forest, where you’ll spread out and sit quietly.

Hike: Less than a mile, moderate terrain, dress warmly, carpooling. Lunch at the conference center.
Limit: 15 participants.

If you’re considering an Ice Age Trail thru-hike as your next big adventure, or if you’re section hiking the Trail in weekend jaunts, then this seminar is for you. An all-day, five-session workshop series to get you started on your thousand-mile journey with plenty of advice from the experts. Jennifer Pharr Davis will participate as a workshop leader. Also included: a special screening of Breaking Trail, including Q&A with the film’s director.

Session 1: Trip Planning, Logistics & Navigation
Session 2: Pack Shakedown for Backpackers OR Inside Scoop for Segment Hikers
Session 3: Meal Planning
Session 4: Breaking Trail (a documentary film)
Session 5: Hikers’ Forum – Wisdom from the Trail

Cost (includes lunch): $125 ($150 after March 18) as a stand-alone event. Or, add to any conference package for $100!
Limit: 60 participants.

Special guests:
• Jennifer Pharr Davis will lead meal planning workshop and assist with pack shakedown.
• Emily Ford will assist with pack shakedown and participate in the Q&A following the special screening of Breaking Trail.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Trip Planning, Logistics, and Navigation
Do you wonder how, exactly, to begin planning your thousand-mile journey? If you feel confused, you’re not alone. The good news: There’s a wealth of resources available, and Alliance staff is eager to demystify them. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the online, interactive Hiker Resource map as well as the helpful details embedded in the FarOut map app for mobile devices. You’ll also get the inside scoop: how to connect with chapter leaders; how to use the Thousand-Miler spreadsheet; the nitty-gritty of resupply, shuttles, and trail angels; and how to use social media to network with other hikers.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. Meal Planning
Jennifer Pharr Davis brings her vast hiking experience – 14,000 miles hiked while exploring trails on six continents and all fifty states – to this session. If anyone knows the importance of fueling a hike with easy-to-prepare, calorie-dense food, it’s Jennifer. She’ll expand your repertoire beyond Trail Mix and freeze-dried meals as she shares her favorite recipes and meal ideas.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pack Shakedown/Inside Scoop

Pack shakedown: For thru-hikers or those venturing out on multiple-day backpacking trips, this session will help you cut pack weight, carry the essentials, and tailor your gear to best suit your needs. Bring your gear-filled pack and receive the small-group attention you need to perfect your packing system; led by seasoned hikers.

Inside Scoop: For section and segment hikers, this small-group session brings day-hikers together for networking. Learn how others have tackled remote segments, winter hiking, horse flies and ticks, bike shuttles, and more. Meet and make new friends who share your newfound passion.

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Breaking Trail: Movie Screening and Q&A
Emily Ford sets out with a borrowed sled dog to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter. As the journey tests their endurance, the duo embraces the unexpected kindness of strangers. Written and directed by Jesse Roesler, Principal and Creative Director at the creative content studio Credo Nonfiction, this film premiered at the 2021 the BANFF Film Festival.

Q& A session following movie screening will be led by Jesse Roesler, Principal and Creative Director at the creative content studio Credo Nonfiction and thousand-miler, Emily Ford.

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Hikers’ Forum – Wisdom from the Trail.
Wonder what your chances are of meeting a bear, what cowboy camping entails, or how people survive heat and ticks on their way to the coveted Thousand-Miler status? This session is your chance to hear crazy, make-you-want-to-hike-the-trail stories of those who’ve made the journey. Be inspired, informed, and entertained by the stories and fresh perspectives of those who recently completed their thousand-mile adventure.

Gather with fellow conference attendees around the lunch table. Buffet meal served.

Three fascinating options:

Moraines at our Doorstep–Geology of the Ice Age Trail along the West Side of the Green Bay Lobe
Only 20,000 years ago, the ice sheet edge was about 3 miles east of Stevens Point. Then, rushing streams deposited the nearly flat sand and gravel plain the city now sits on as they flowed into glacial Lake Wisconsin. As the glacier melted back, it left hummocky moraines, the outstanding features of the Ice Age Trail in Waushara and Portage counties.

Presenter: Dave Mickelson

 

The Agency House at the Portage: Geographic Intersection, Cultural Crossroads 
The narrow strip of land between the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers has been pivotal to travel and migration in Wisconsin. As Native people groups, European explorers, traders, and settlers converged, the portage became a crossroads for conflicting traditions, beliefs, and values. Explore the cultural history of the portage, particularly through the experiences of Juliette Kinzie who chronicled her personal journey from the front-row seat of Portage’s Fort Winnebago Indian Agency.

Presenter: TBD

 

Breaking Trail – Movie Screening and Q & A
Emily Ford sets out with a borrowed sled dog to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter.
As the journey tests their endurance, the duo embraces the unexpected kindness of strangers. Written and directed by Jesse Roesler, Principal and
Creative Director at the creative content studio Credo Nonfiction, this film premiered at the 2021 the BANFF Film Festival.

Q&A: Jesse Roesler and Emily Ford

 

Trailbuilding and Stewardship 101
More information coming soon…

Four fascinating options:

Wisconsin’s Conservation Legacies: Past, Present and Future
Wisconsin’s proud history of thoughtful conservation established numerous “legacies” across its landscape, from lake-rich northern state forests to the kettle moraines and the driftless area. Protecting and restoring these features is no accident. This presentation will highlight how leaders and a supporting cast established a 40+ year legacy of proactive lake management in Wisconsin. Collaboratively, we’ll brainstorm ideas and goals for the next century of natural resource management in Wisconsin.

Presenter: Eric Olson, Director and Lakes Outreach Specialist for the Extension Lakes program at UW Stevens Point

 

Artifacts from Ice Age Peoples
More information coming, soon…

Presenter: Ray Reser, UW Stevens Point

 

What’s on Tap: 2022 Trailbuilding and Habitat Management Events
More information coming, soon…

Presenters: Alliance Trail Program staff

 

Hikers’ Forum – Wisdom from the Trail
Wondering what the chances are of meeting a bear, what cowboy camping entails, or how people survive heat and ticks on their way to the coveted Thousand-miler status? This session is your chance to hear crazy, make-you-want-to-hike-the-trail stories of those who’ve made the journey. Be inspired, be informed, and be entertained during this Jeopardy game-format hiker panel.

Moderator: Sharon Dziengel

 

Mingle with friends and bid on Silent Auction items! Cash bar available.

The Silent Auction closes at 6:00 p.m. so be sure to drive up the bid on the items you want to take home.

We’re rolling out the yellow carpet! It’ll be a big night as we celebrate the accomplishments of our tremendously generous volunteers. Come find out who gets a National Park Service vest or jacket. Discover who’ll be the next caretaker of the Spirit Stick and who’ll be the Trail Steward of the Year. Recent Thousand-Milers are recognized, too!

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Dinner (buffet meal served)

6:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. National Park Service Awards

 7:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Award-winners gather for photos

 7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Mammoth Achievement Awards

  8:15 p.m. Announce Silent Auction winners

  8:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Award-winners gather for photos

Ice Age Trail, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Spring Hikes
Spring flowers along the Gibraltar Rock Segment. Photo by Nazan Gillie.

Enjoy the final gathering of the conference and parting thoughts from members of the Alliance leadership. Buffet meal served.