Be EMPOWERED – Saturday, October 12, 2019

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Be Adventurous. Pick up a set of loppers and show buckthorn who’s BOSS. Photo by Cameron Gillie.

Be Giving. Give back to Mother Nature who nurtures you. We’ll arm you with handsaws and clippers for removing invasive buckthorn. Permanent protection of the Ice Age Trail also involves the responsible management of Alliance owned land. There is a season for everything and fall is a great time to tackle invasive species. 

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Be Crucial. Help unveil the beauty of the Hartland Marsh in Hartland, WI – an Ice Age Trail Community. Volunteers are faithfully restoring the land to a mix of oak and prairie savanna. 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 a formidable crew of female volunteers from the Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter and the Waukesha County Land Conservancy. 

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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:

Saturday, October 12, 2019, Hartland Segment, Hartland, WI, Waukesha County (an Ice Age Trail Community) 

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Arriving by 8:15 a.m. is recommended. Equipment will be issued and you’ll hike into the work site.)

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.

Lunch provided on site. Provided by Outpost Natural Foods Co-Op.

Dress warmly and in layers. Even in Autumn, trail stewardship efforts can have you breaking a sweat.

Ages: Women ages 10 and above

Limit: 60 women

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

Registration closes Monday, October 7. If the event becomes FULL, registration will close upon reaching capacity. An email confirmation with final details will be sent to all registered attendees on Tuesday, October 8.




Hartland Segment, IATA Guidebook 2017-2019 [PDF]

Hartland Segment, IATA Atlas 2017-2019 [PDF]

Our GENEROUS sponsor for this Be EMPOWERED event – Thank You!



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