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Ice Age Trail University

June 21, 2017 @ 8:00 am - June 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

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Learn new and enhance existing skills. The educational portion will be coupled with work to construct a new boardwalk. Click here to download course schedule. See descriptions below.

Course Name Course Description
Operational Leadership Join NPS staff, Dan Watson, as he shares a 360 degree view of what and how to quickly assess hot-spots when planning and executing events of all types, on or off trail.
First Aid/CPR Need to recertify? Looking to get certified? Learn what you need to know and what to do when injures happen.
Chainsaw Safety Situations requiring chainsaw use are inheritently dangerous. Re-up or attain certification and practice techniques to keep you, and those around you, safe.  Application required. Friday course is full (as of 6.8.17). Sunday is still available.
Building the Team The future of the Trail depends on emerging leadership. Learn what’s needed to be part of Mobile Skills Crew and chapter project teams.
Crew Leader Refresher Most professions call this continuing education. We call it a refresher. Either way, share and learn with your peers to keep the fire stoked for another all-star season on-Trail.
Smart Tools Join this session to learn how you can assist with trail development needs by taking a hike with your phone. Yes, it is sort of that easy.
Comfort Zones Cancelled.
Camp Chef Those belly-filling and soul-replenishing meals don’t magically appear under the big top at the end of the day; they take many hands and learned hours to plan, prep, cook, and deliver. Join us, and experts from the Northcentral Technical College, for a gut-check on safe meal preparation for large groups.
Three Tiers of Trail Construction Trailbuilders have a unique kick-shuffle when they walk. They use their boots to kick out the berm on the critical edge, clear out the throat of a dip, or “finesse” the backslope. This session examines, and simultaneously crafts, 400 feet of Trail on multidimensional planes.
Boardwalk Construction Is building 266 feet of eleveated boardwalk and calling it “immersion training” just another way of getting more work out of you? Maybe, but either way, you will gain hands-on, multifaceted and transferrable skills and have fun in the process!


No previous experience is necessary; training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders. There will be roles for all ages and abilities. The IATA provides food, tools, and campsites free to all who volunteer.

See a map of the project area [PDF]


Your contribution is welcome for any part of the event or the entire project. Classwork begins on Thursday, June 22, and concludes Sunday, June 25. Activities begin each day around 8:00 a.m. and typically wrap up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, work ends by noon.

What to Bring:

  • We recommend a long-sleeve shirt and pants for trail work.
  • Plan for variable weather – bring warm layers and rain gear.
  • Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves.
  • Day pack, water bottles, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat.
  • 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.

Special Notes:

We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event. Woolly mammoths are welcome.


June 21, 2017 @ 8:00 am
June 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
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Brad Crary, IATA Staff