Choose Your Own Adventure – 2018 Annual Conference

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Annual Conference 2018

View from the Parnell Tower. Photo by Brian Bednarek.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

HIKE: Parnell Segment. (Two hike options.)

From CTH-SS to the Parnell Observation Tower, 8.8-mile hike

From Butler Lake area to the Parnell Observation Tower, 4.2-mile hike

This segment skirts the western side of Crooked Lake Wetlands State Natural Area with its unique habitat. Be sure to take note of three small Kellings Lakes and test your footing on rocky terrain. At the Butler Lake area, the Trail travels across an open prairie-like area and through beautiful forested terrain going up, down and around kettles, ridges and hummocks. Not only will you traverse the note-worthy Parnell Esker, this segment is known for its striking and world-famous collections of kames in the world. Appreciate the view from the Parnell Observation Tower.

  • Hike distance: 8.8-mile hike or 4.2-mile hike; expect a 45-min bus ride
  • 8:00 a.m. Bus departs Blue Harbor Resort
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Hiking timeframe (includes boxed lunch)
  • 1:00 p.m. Bus departs Parnell parking lot
  • 2:00 p.m. Arrival at Blue Harbor Resort

EXPLORE Sheboygan – Tour of Wigwam Mills. Go on a one-of-a-kind, behind-the-scenes tour of Wigwam’s production facility. See how socks, proudly “Made-in-America,” are actually produced. Learn about the environmentally sound efforts Wigwam pursues to ensure their socks are good for the earth and your feet.

  • Limit 25 people (Registration required)
  • 9:45 a.m. Bus departs Blue Harbor Resort
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Tour of Wigwam Mills
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch buffet at Blue Harbor Resort
Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, 2018 Annual Conference

A beautiful ribbon of trail unfolds along the LaBudde Creek Segment. Photo by Tim Malzhan.

Friday, April 13, 2018

HIKE: LaBudde Creek Segment. This lovely segment features a wetland complex, undulating grassland, forested upland, and a connector road or two. It also is home to the LaBudde Channel, a glacial meltwater channel that formed along the western edge of the Lake Michigan Lobe. With the Trail navigating a wetland, crossing an 80-foot-long boardwalk is a beautiful necessity. The segment then winds through various portions of hardwood forest, grassland, and upland brush for a peaceful hike.

  • Hike distance: 3.5-miles; expect a 45-min bus ride
  • 8:00 a.m. Bus departs Blue Harbor Resort
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Hike timeframe
  • 11:15 a.m. Board bus for return to Blue Harbor Resort
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch buffet at Blue Harbor Resort
Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Choose Your Own Adventure, 2018 Annual Conference

Brand new trail weaves through the woods along the Walla Hi Segment. Photo by Joanne Ellarson.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

HIKE: Walla Hi Segment. The burgeoning Walla Hi Segment – 1.4 miles of what is anticipated to grow to 2-miles in 2018 and, eventually, more than 8-miles in length – is everything Henry Reuss, Ray Zillmer, and Ice Age Trail pioneers envisioned when first extolling the virtues of what a thousand mile footpath formations across Wisconsin could bring to the hearts, minds, and lives of Wisconsinites. Join Tim Malzhan and special guests for an Ice Age Amble that explores what makes “Walla Hi” special: the high-hummocky terrain, the unparalleled landscape, and the highest trail design and construction standards wrapped with a colorful bow by collaborative land and trail protection strategies.

  • Hike distance 1.4-miles; expect a 45-min bus ride
  • 8:00 a.m. Bus departs Blue Harbor Resort
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Hike timeframe
  • 11:30 a.m. Board bus for return to Blue Harbor Resort
  • 12:15 p.m. Lunch buffet at Blue Harbor Resort

HIKE: Two Rivers Trail Community Highlight. A family-friendly hike for the young and young at heart. Explore a premier Trail Community, City of Two Rivers. This hike will include a tour of the Woodland Dunes Segment, Historic Rogers Fishing Village and a stop at the Washington House, home of the Ice Cream Sundae, for an ice cream treat.

  • Hike distance: Approx 2-miles; expect a 45-min bus ride
  • 8:00 a.m. Bus departs Blue Harbor Resort
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Trail Community experience
  • 11:30 a.m. Board bus for return to Blue Harbor Resort
  • 12:15 p.m. Lunch buffet at Blue Harbor Resort

The “Un-Hike” Experience. We’re offering a new way to enjoy the outdoors during the conference. Alliance staff member Eric Sherman will lead a small-group “un-hike” on the Greenbush Segment. We’ll walk in a short distance, spread out, and sit still for a good while to listen to what the forest has to offer. This will be an off-trail hike with some challenging terrain. Because we won’t be generating much of our own heat, participants should wear warm layers and bring something dry and water-resistant to sit on.

  • Limit 12 people (Registration required)
  • Hike distance: less than ¼-mile; expect to carpool
  • 8:00 a.m. Meet in resort lobby to carpool
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Un-Hike experience
  • 11:30 a.m. Carpool return to Blue Harbor Resort
  • 12:15 p.m. Lunch buffet at Blue Harbor Resort

EXPLORE Sheboygan – JMK Art Center & Walking Tour. Engage your artistic side with a visit to the John Michael Kohler Art Center. Gather at 10:00 a.m. at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, a not-for-profit art museum operated by the Sheboygan Arts Foundation, Inc., located at 608 New York Ave in downtown Sheboygan. The JMKAC is an easy walk from Blue Harbor, take the hotel shuttle, or carpool.

While the JMKAC is open free of charge, we offer you a special opportunity to take a docent-led tour ($10.00/person) of the UNSEEN FORCES exhibit. A guided tour offers depth and insight to your experience with the unusual and cutting-edge exhibits the Arts Center offers. “This exhibition series takes a different stance, delving into the finer points of an artist’s life and exploring the rich territories of belief, opinion, and fact in contemporary art. UNSEEN FORCES imparts immersive fiction interspersed with historical fact—mischievously exploring the forces at work behind ‘truth.’”

Prior to the docent-led tour, explore downtown Sheboygan via a self-guided walking tour called The Sheboygan Project. “Art does not have to be confined to museums and galleries. The Sheboygan Project brings the street-art movement to Sheboygan, Wisconsin by using the urban landscape as a canvas for exciting works of art that reflect the city’s people and culture.”

  • 8:15 a.m. Meet in resort lobby for self-guided walking tour of The Sheboygan Project
  • 8:30 a.m. Depart on foot for self-guided tour. Plan to meet at the JMKAC by 10:00 a.m.
  • 9:45 a.m. Meet in resort lobby to carpool to JMKAC (or choose to walk the 6-8 blocks)
  • 10:00 a.m. JMKAC opens to the public. (Docent-led tour $10.00 – Registration required)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Enjoy the curious and edifying collections at JMKAC
  • 11:30 a.m. Return to Blue Harbor Resort (Carpool or on foot)
  • 12:15 p.m. Lunch buffet at Blue Harbor Resort
Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, 2018 Annual Conference

A glimpse into the beautiful Brownrigg-Heier Property. Photo by Kevin Thusius.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

HIKE: IATA Brownrigg-Heier Preserve. Gain a new understanding of the land management practices and explore classic kettle-moraine geology as you hike with Kevin Thusius, IATA Director of Land Conservation. Be prepared for a rugged, off-trail hike across challenging, ungroomed terrain.

  • Limit 30 people (Registration required)
  • Hike distance: Approx. 3-mile hike; expect a 45-min bus ride
  • 8:00 a.m. Bus departs Blue Harbor Resort
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Hike timeframe
  • 11:15 a.m. Board bus for return to Blue Harbor Resort
  • 12:00 p.m. Depart Blue Harbor Resort

HIKE: Walla Hi Segment Tyke Hike. A family-friendly hike for the young and young at heart. Led by Luke Kloberdanz, IATA Director of Philanthropy, kids of all ages can explore an outstanding segment featuring a wealth of glacial landscape forms.