CANCELLED Be EMPOWERED – Saturday, August 22, 2020

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Be Adventurous. Learn what it takes to build a National Scenic Trail. Photo by Cameron Gillie.



Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the concern for the health of volunteers and staff, and funding uncertainty, we have scaled back our Trailbuilding calendar. In the interest of our attendees and general public we made the difficult decision to cancel this Trailtessa: Be EMPOWERED event. We will plan for a Trailtessa trailbuilding event in 2021.


Be a Trailbuilder. The LaBudde Creek Segment, a quiet gem whose features grow on you with each visit, needs some extra love and attention in 2020. Crews will be building a 150-foot boardwalk and maintaining 3-miles of Trail. All abilities and skill levels are welcome. Tools will be provided along with training by all-female crew leaders and Trail enthusiasts.

Be Crucial. Help clear Trail corridor, build new Trail, paint yellow blazes, and otherwise give “Buddy” the boost it needs to rightfully shine as a quality hiker experience. Photo by Cameron Gillie.

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Be Inspired. Besides handily felling trees, chainsaw-certified, Jo, also leads trailbuilding crews, sets rock for retaining walls, constructs boardwalks, and helps lay down new tread.

You’ll work side-by-side with some of the most dedicated Trail enthusiasts you’ll ever meet, chainsaw certified, Joanne Ellarson, and others female, volunteer, crew leaders from around the state. Meals will be provided during the duration of your stay. Camping*, in tandem with the simultaneous Mobile Skills Crew event, is available on Friday, August 21st and Saturday, August 22nd.

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Be Collaborative. Volunteers work to clear the Trail corridor on a new section of the Ice Age Trail. Photo by Cameron Gillie.

Be EMPOWERED Event Details:

When: Saturday, August 22, 2020, LaBudde Creek Segment, Sheboygan County.

Where: Project Site Map (link coming soon).

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

No experience is necessary and there’s a role for volunteers of all ages and abilities…bring your sisters, daughters, mothers, and friends! Training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders.

Saturday lunch provided on site. (Camping? Breakfast, lunch, dinner are provided if you stay overnight.)

What to Bring:

  • Long-sleeve shirts and pants for trail work.
  • Plan for variable weather – bring layers and rain gear.
  • Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves.
  • Day pack, water bottles, insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat and gaiters.
  • If camping, bring a headlamp, tent, sleeping gear and toiletries.
  • Consider bringing a lawn chair; you’ll appreciate having it to relax around the fire in comfortable clothes at the end of the day.

*Camping? REI will provide a tent for participants, as needed. Please request a tent when filling out the Trailtessa registration form.

Ages: Women ages 14 and above

Limit: 25 women and girls

FEE: $12.00 per participant

We love our 4-legged furry friends but dogs are not allowed at Trailtessa Retreats.




Our partners for this Be EMPOWERED event:


Ice Age Trail, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Trailtessa, REI corporate partnerIce Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, REI CO-OP corporate partner, Mobile Skills Crew program 2017

Outdoor co-op REI launched a comprehensive effort to advance gender equity in the outdoors, encouraging millions of its members to embrace the outdoors as “the world’s largest level playing field, Force of Nature.