Photo by: Justin Helmkamp

Annual Conference & Membership Meeting 2023

Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23, 2023

We look forward to seeing you at the Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center in Sheboygan.

It’s the best weekend of the year to talk Trail with other hiking enthusiasts.

Meet new friends or reunite with past hiking partners. Learn about volunteering, building Trail, and so much more.

Registration available by February 2023.

Registration available by February 2023.

Registration available by February 2023.

Registration available by February 2023.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Blue Harbor Resort

Reminder: Registration closes April 3, 2023

Rates include: three catered meals each day (plus breakfast on Sunday), shuttled hike transportation*, inspiring speakers, informative sessions, and plenty of fun and camaraderie.

Register Early to Save!

Save $25 with Early Bird Registration! Register before March 17 to save. Registration closes April 3.

Only want to attend Friday’s dinner and Keynote presentation? or Saturday Night’s Dinner and Awards Banquet? $50/person.

Conference Packages Early Bird Rate (before March 17) Regular Rate

 

Three-Day (Thurs, Fri, Sat) $275 $300
Two-Day $225 $250
One-Day $150 $175
Friday Dinner and Keynote stand-alone rate (it is included in Friday packages) $50 $50
Awards Banquet stand-alone rate (it is included with Saturday packages) $50 $50

*except “Listening Session” hike

Cancellations for paid registrations received in writing (email: [email protected]) before March 31 are fully refundable. Cancellations received in writing April 1 – April 12 are refundable, less an administrative fee. Cancellations after April 12 are considered a donation – Thank you.

Day-of cancellations due to COVID are fully refundable at any time. Please do not attend if you are exhibiting any signs of illness.

Reserve Your Room Now!
A LIMITED-NUMBER OF ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE at a discounted rate at the Blue Harbor Resort for Conference attendees. To get the discounted conference rate, you must use a special code. The DISCOUNTED ROOMS ARE LIKELY TO FILL UP, so please reserve your room early. The discount expires March 22.

To reserve your room online:

  1. Visit www.blueharborresort.com
  2. Click on Book Now (red box on top right corner)
  3. Pick the first option – ROOM
  4. Choose a venue to reserve your room- Condos or Resort
  5. Reserve a room screen will open up.
  6. Scroll down and enter ICEAGE in Show Group Booking box
  7. Click Continue
  8. On the next screen, all room types within the group will display in blue, click on the one that you prefer, exact dates of your stay and enter number of adults and children and hit continue
  9. Booking summary will open up to take you to the guest profile and payment option
  10. Rates in booking summary include taxes and resort fee, but not added services (such as spa, etc.)
  11. Click Pay Now and follow the prompts

To reserve your room by phone, call 1-866-701-2583. Refer to the group code Ice Age Trail Alliance.

 

Other hotels in the Sheboygan area: 

La Quinta 

2932 Kohler Memorial Drive

Sheboygan WI, 53081

Phone: (920) 457-2321

*When making a reservation, ask for a room in the Ice Age Trail Block*

Cancellation Policy: Cancel room reservation by 04/19/2023

 

Super 8 

3402 Wilgus Ave

Sheboygan WI, 53081

Phone: (920) 457-2321

 

AmericInn

3664 S Taylor Dr.

Sheboygan WI, 53081

Phone: (920) 208-8130

2023 Schedule of Events

Shuttled Hikes! Informative Sessions! Inspiring Speakers! Certified Training!

You won’t want to miss it.

Greenbush Segment.
Greenbush Segment.

Find fellow early birds hovering around the coffee station set up in the Hallway outside Salon B.

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

Location: Hallway outside of Salon B

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

Location: Salon A

Please join us to learn about what the day will bring, including hike details, and any changes or updates you might want to know about.

Location: Salon A

Greenbush Segment
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Shuttled hike; all hikers receive a box lunch.

Meeting location: Convention Center Entrance Lobby (grab a boxed lunch before getting on the bus).

This segment dips into deep valleys and traverses ridge through forests of basswood, oak, maple, and pine. Choose to hike the entire segment or a shorter portion.

Hike: Long hike–8.5 miles, Short hike–5.6 miles, 30-minute bus ride
Difficulty rating: 3
Elevation rating: 4

Limit: 100 participants

Boxed lunches available for non-hikers.

Location: Salon A

Ice Age Trail History and Geology Introduction |Salon B

The story of the Ice Age Trail is as long and winding as its path! Learn about the Trail’s nationally significant geologic and conservation history from Ice Age Trail expert Drew Hanson.

Presenter: Andrew Hanson III (Drew), Partnerships Liaison for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Putting “Scenic” in National Scenic Trail |Salon C

As a certified land trust, the Ice Age Trail Alliance is responsible for being a good land steward. Learn about the Alliance’s commitment to land stewardship and how it’s putting “scenic” in the National Scenic Trail.

Presenter: Steve Pence, Land Restoration Specialist

Trail Camera Surprise Finds |Salon D

Naturalists from Woodland Dunes will share some surprising finds from their Trail cameras and the results of a recently conducted bat survey.

Presenter: Woodland Dunes Staff (TBD)

Get the training you need to be a Swamper or Sawyer at Alliance projects.

Pre-registration and pre-workshop homework are required to complete your training.

Learn more about becoming a Swamper or Sawyer here.

FREE.

Select which 1.5-hour long training opportunity suits your schedule best:

  • Thursday, April 20, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 22, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Note: Each training session is capped at 24 people.

Ice Age Trail History and Geology Introduction |Salon B

The story of the Ice Age Trail is as long and winding as its path! Learn about the Trail’s nationally significant geologic and conservation history from Ice Age Trail expert Drew Hanson.

Presenter: Andrew Hanson III (Drew), Partnerships Liaison for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Putting “Scenic” in National Scenic Trail |Salon C

As a certified land trust, the Ice Age Trail Alliance is responsible for being a good land steward. Learn about the Alliance’s commitment to land stewardship and how it’s putting “scenic” in the National Scenic Trail.

Presenter: Steve Pence, Land Restoration Specialist

Trail Camera Surprise Finds |Salon D

Naturalists from Woodland Dunes will share some surprising finds from their Trail cameras and the results of a recently conducted bat survey.

Presenter: Woodland Dunes Staff (TBD)

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

Location: Lakeside Terrace

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

Location: Salon A

Trailbuilding 101 |Salon B

So, you want to volunteer, but feel apprehensive about what you might be getting yourself into? Join Alliance staff to learn about what to expect when you first volunteer at a trailbuilding, trail maintenance, or habitat improvement project. Questions encouraged!

Thousand-Miler Adventures |Salon C

Enjoy tales from the Trail as hikers regale you with their adventures, brushes with adversity, and unparalleled Trail Angel kindnesses.

Presenters: TBD

Hiker Resources/FarOut App Q&A/Demo |Salon D

FarOut’s creators and Alliance experts will be available to answer your questions about navigating the Trail. Drop in anytime with your questions or to learn more about the resources available for your Ice Age Trail adventure.

Presenters: Paul Bodnar, Co-Founder and CEO of FarOut, Alice Bodnar, COO & General Counsel of FarOut, and Tiffany Stram, GIS Coordinator for the Alliance

Dave’s Trail Adventure |Peninsula Room

More information coming, soon!

Presenter: Dave Caliebe

Trailbuilding 101 |Salon B

So, you want to volunteer, but feel apprehensive about what you might be getting yourself into? Join Alliance staff to learn about what to expect when you first volunteer at a trailbuilding, trail maintenance, or habitat improvement project. Questions encouraged!

Thousand-Miler Adventures |Salon C

Enjoy tales from the Trail as hikers regale you with their adventures, brushes with adversity, and unparalleled Trail Angel kindnesses.

Presenters: TBD

Hiker Resources/FarOut App Q&A/Demo |Salon D

FarOut’s creator and Alliance experts will be available to answer your questions about navigating the Trail. Drop in anytime with your questions or to learn more about the resources available for your Ice Age Trail adventure.

Dave’s Trail Adventure |Peninsula Room

More information coming, soon!

Presenter: Dave Caliebe

Ice Age Trail Alliance Annual Conference Craig Richard
Craig Richard, Keynote.

Find fellow early birds hovering around the coffee station set up in the Hallway outside Salon B.

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

Location: Hallway outside of Salon B

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

Location: Salon A

Please join us to learn about what the day will bring, including hike details, and any changes or updates you might want to know about.

Location: Salon A

Choose Your Adventure Hikes
8:00 a.m. – Noon: Shuttled hikes; all hikers will enjoy a buffet lunch at Blue Harbor.

Note: Busses will depart from the Convention Center Entrance Lobby.

Option 1| Walla Hi Segment
This segment highlights Walla Hi County Park, which showcases glacial landscape’s best features of kettles, moraines and erratics, and boasts a magnificent, hand-crafted stone staircase. It packs in beauty and challenge over a short distance as the Trail navigates almost 200 feet in elevation change.

Hike: 2.3 miles, moderate to difficult terrain, 25-minute bus ride. | Difficulty rating: 3 | Elevation rating: 4 | Limit: 90 participants

Option 2| FarOut Mobile App in Action: LaBudde Creek Segment (also offered on Saturday)
Put your FarOut skills to the test on the Trail. Alice Bodnar, FarOut’s COO & General Counsel, and others will be available to assist with your FarOut questions during the hike. This hike is intended to help folks get comfortable using different features of the FarOut App. All user levels welcome!

Hike: 1.5-mile, moderate terrain, 30-minute bus ride. | Difficulty rating: 2 | Elevation rating: 3 | Limit: 30 participants

Board members gather to discuss Alliance business.

Location: Salon G

Get the training you need to be a Swamper or Sawyer at Alliance projects.

Pre-registration and pre-workshop homework are required to complete your training.

Learn more about becoming a Swamper or Sawyer, here.

FREE.

Select which 1.5-hour long training opportunity suits your schedule best:

  • Thursday, April 20, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 22, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Note: Each training session is capped at 24 people.

Especially for 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, along with the opportunity to meet your Volunteer Support Coordinator.

Location: Salon E & F

Join fellow outdoor enthusiasts for a day of hiking, socializing, and discovering opportunities with the Ice Age Trail!

Calling all college students, recent grads, or young professionals looking for a sense of community in the outdoors! Join the Ice Age Trail Alliance for its Future in the Outdoors Summit, a one-day event that gathers those interested in outdoor recreational activities and conservation.

Hear from outdoor influencers, volunteers, and partners of the Alliance. Whether you are interested in finding a hiking buddy, volunteer opportunities, or getting the best tips and tricks for your next backpacking adventure, you will leave this event with a newfound appreciation for Wisconsin’s landscapes.

Registration: $20
Limited seats available!

Event Schedule:

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Welcome

  • Introductions/Meet & Greet/Prepare for hike

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Morning hike at the LaBudde Creek Segment

  • A walk and talk along a newly updated segment will offer plenty of insights into how the Alliance conserves, creates, and maintains the Ice Age Trail. You’ll be joined by members of the Alliance’s Trail Team and dedicated volunteers.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch

  • Join all conference attendees for a lunch buffet for a chance to meet long-time Trail enthusiasts.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Hiking Tips, Tricks, and More!

  • TikTok star, Tim, will share stories about recent thru-hike adventures, discuss trail food, favorite gear, and other tips and tricks for long-distance hiking. Bring questions for the Q+A.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Behind the Scenes Trail Talk

  • Folks from the National Park Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Alliance staff and volunteers will talk about how to get involved with the Trail (i.e. volunteering or attending events), perks/benefits, etc.

4:00 p.m.: Thank You’s and Closing Remarks

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Happy Hour

  • Future in the Outdoors attendees are invited to join all conference attendees for cocktails (cash bar) and conversation.

NOTE: The Future in the Outdoors Summit is for conference participants ages 30 and younger.

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

Location: Salon A

A lunchtime presentation by Alliance staff will help you put names with faces while you learn about each of their roles.

Location: Salon A

Browse unique shops, admire charming architecture, or explore museums in Sheboygan or Manitowoc. Both communities offer scenic walking paths that take full advantage of the water views.

Things to do | Visit Sheboygan (tourism site)

Sheboygan highlights:

 

Things to do | Visit Manitowoc (tourism site)

Manitowoc highlights:

Celebrate 2022 Alliance successes and elect board members, at this meeting. All Alliance members are encouraged to attend. Conference registration is not required.

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

Download Proposed Bylaws Changes for 2023 Annual Meeting [PDF]

Location: Salon B/C/D

Mingle with friends, bid on Silent Auction items, and browse Chapter displays.

Play a round of IAT Bingo. You’re sure to discover something fun about a fellow conference attendee.

Cash bar available.

Location: Lakeside Terrace

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

Location: Salon G

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

Location: Salon A

Keynote by Craig Richard

Adventurer, athlete, musician, survivor, Craig has been around the world, to every continent, and has even hiked some of the Ice Age Trail. The story he will share reflects his deep passion for life and love of the outdoors and is sure to inspire.

Location: Salon A

TikTok stars: Tim and Renee.
TikTok stars: Tim and Renee.

Find fellow early birds hovering around the coffee station set up in the Hallway outside Salon B.

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

Location: Hallway outside of Salon B

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

Please join us to learn about what the day will bring, including hike details, and any changes or updates you might want to know about.

Location: Salon A

Choose Your Adventure Hikes
8:00 a.m. – Noon: Shuttled hikes (except Listening Session hike); all hikers will enjoy a buffet lunch at Blue Harbor.

Note: Busses will depart from Convention Center Entrance Lobby

Option 1| Brownrigg-Heier Preserve Behind the Scenes: Be among the first to explore the 130-acre Preserve, which will host Trail in the near future. Alliance staff will lead you on a sometimes-strenuous hike, bush-whacking along the way, explaining property highlights. This is an off-Trail tour of the property. Be prepared for rough terrain and difficult conditions. Note: This hike is repeated at 1:00 p.m.

Hike: Up to 4-miles, 45-minute bus ride | Difficulty rating: 5 | Elevation rating: N/A | Limit: 50 participants

Option 2| Dunes Segment: This segment highlights Woodland Dunes State Natural Area, an oasis of marshland, swamps, sandy meadows and wooded ridges.

 Hike: 2.7 miles | Difficulty rating: 2 | Elevation rating: 2 | Limit: 50 participants

Option 3| Let’s Wing It: Birding Hike at Amsterdam Dunes Preserve: Bring your binoculars (or grab a pair from us) and try your hand at birding during a hike along Amsterdam Dunes Preserve on Lake Michigan. Birding experts will lead you around the preserve owned and operated by Glacial Lakes Conservancy, watching for birds along the coast.

Hike: 1-3 miles, easy to moderate terrain, 25-minute bus ride | Difficulty rating: 1 | Elevation rating: 1 |Limit: 35 participants

Option 4|“Listening Session” Small-Group Hike: Sit quietly in nature and listen to what it has to offer. Eric Sherman (membership and grants coordinator), will lead a small group on a nature hike in the Sheboygan area, where you’ll spread out and sit quietly.

Hike: Less than a mile, moderate terrain, dress warmly, carpooling (this is NOT a shuttled hike) | Limit: 15 participants

Get the training you need to be a Swamper or Sawyer at Alliance projects.

Pre-registration and pre-workshop homework are required to complete your training.

Learn more about becoming a Swamper or Sawyer, here.

FREE.

Select which 1.5-hour long training opportunity suits your schedule best:

  • Thursday, April 20, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 22, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Note: Each training session is capped at 24 people

FarOut Mobile App in Action |Salon B

Learn everything you need to know about navigating the Trail with FarOut from its creators, Alice and Paul Bodnar. Discover helpful features and watch a live demonstration. Plus, you’ll get to ask questions of the app creators!

Note: This is a perfect companion session to the FarOut Mobile App in Action hike taking place at 1:00 p.m. Choose Your Adventure Hike along the LaBudde Creek Segment. (Ideally, you will have the app downloaded on your phone.)

Presenters: Paul Bodnar, Co-Founder and CEO of FarOut and Alice Bodnar, COO & General Counsel of FarOut

Finding Artistic Inspiration in Nature |Salon C

Hear from different artists about their work and process, and how the Ice Age Trail and/or their time on it, inspires what they create.

Note: This presentation is repeated at 3:00 p.m. with a different slate of artists.

Presenters: TBD

Blaze the Right Way |Salon D

Learn the ins and outs of correctly marking the Ice Age Trail. This session will cover location, size, and color of blaze, plus application method. Alliance staff may even give you an opportunity to blaze a trail signage post!

Note: This presentation is repeated at 1:30 p.m.

Presenters: Members of the Ice Age Trail Alliance Trail Team

Hiker’s Forum – Wisdom from the Trail |Salon B

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.

Note: This presentation will be repeated at 3:00 p.m. with a different slate of hikers.

Moderator: Sharon Dziengel

Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History along the Ice Age Trail |Salon C

Award-winning author Scott Spoolman will share stories about Wisconsin and the Trail you most likely have never heard.

Presenter: Scott Spoolman

What’s on Tap |Salon D

Members of the Alliance’s Trail Team will present the scope of work for each 2023 MSC Trailbuilding event. Come learn what to expect at each project and how you can help out. The team will also offer a peek into 2024 Trail development and construction plans.

See the 2023 MSC Season at a Glance

Note: This presentation will be repeated at 3:00 p.m.

Presenters: Dave Caliebe, Trail Program Manager, and Chad DuChateau, Director of Trail Operations

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

Choose Your Adventure Hikes
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Shuttled hikes

Option 1| Brownrigg-Heier Preserve Behind the Scenes (Repeat from morning options)Be among the first to explore the 130-acre Preserve, which will host Trail in the near future. Alliance staff will lead you on a sometimes-strenuous hike, bush-whacking along the way, explaining property highlights. This is an off-Trail tour of the property. Be prepared for rough terrain and difficult conditions.

Hike: Up to 4-miles, 45-minute bus ride | Difficulty rating: 5 | Elevation rating: N/A | Limit: 50 participants

Option 2| City of Two Rivers: Nice urban hike, which takes you past the home of the original ice cream sundae and Historic Rogers Fishing Village.

Hike: 3.0 miles | Difficulty rating: 1 | Elevation rating: 2 | Limit: 50 participants

Option 3| FarOut mobile App in Action: LaBudde Creek Segment (Also offered on Thursday): Put your FarOut skills to the test on the Trail. Alice Bodnar, FarOut’s COO & General Counsel, and others will be available to assist with your FarOut questions during the hike. This hike is intended to help folks get comfortable using different features of the FarOut App. All user levels welcome!

Hike: 1.5-mile, moderate terrain, 30-minute bus ride | Difficulty rating: 2 | Elevation rating: 3 | Limit: 30 participants

Hiking Tips, Tricks, and More! |Salon B

Featuring the adventures and advice of professional thru-hikes and TikTok stars, Renee and Tim!

Presenters: Renee and Tim

Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History along the Ice Age Trail |Salon C

Award-winning author Scott Spoolman will share stories about Wisconsin and the Trail you most likely have never heard.

Presenter: Scott Spoolman

Blaze the Right Way |Salon D

Learn the ins and outs of correctly marking the Ice Age Trail. This session will cover location, size, and color of blaze, plus application method. Alliance staff may even give you an opportunity to blaze a trail signage post!

Presenters: Members of the Ice Age Trail Alliance Trail Team

Get the training you need to be a Swamper or Sawyer at Alliance projects.

Pre-registration and pre-workshop homework are required to complete your training.

Learn more about becoming a Swamper or Sawyer, here.

FREE.

Select which 1.5-hour long training opportunity suits your schedule best:

  • Thursday, April 20, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 22, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Note: Each training session is capped at 24 people

Hikers’ Forum – Wisdom from the Trail |Salon B

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

Finding Artistic Inspiration in Nature |Salon C

Hear from different artists about their work and process, and how the Ice Age Trail and/or their time on it, inspires what they create.

Presenters: TBD

What’s on Tap |Salon D

Members of the Alliance’s Trail Team will present the scope of work for each 2023 MSC Trailbuilding event. Come learn what to expect at each project and how you can help out. The team will also offer a peek into 2024 Trail development and construction plans.

See the 2023 MSC Season at a Glance

Presenters: Dave Caliebe, Trail Program Manager, and Chad DuChateau, Director of Trail Operations

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

Location: Salons A/E/F/G

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.