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Ice Age Trail University 2016 and Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Event
August 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am - August 21, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Welcome to Ice Age Trail University 2016! This year’s IAT-U promises to provide excellent hands-on learning. Checkout the full details below!
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This project covers a number of needs. Recent landscape management allowed a rethinking of the IAT on a portion of the Merrimac Segment. The keenest focus will be placed on tackling a difficult bridge and boardwalk replacement through the marsh. We’ll reroute a short section to take in great views of the Devil’s Lake bluffs. We also continue rock work at picturesque Gibraltar Rock. To top it off, we’re offering chainsaw safety (application required), First Aid & CPR, Camp Chef and Property Monitoring training (application required). Click here for full schedule [PDF].
The IATA provides food, tools, and campsites free to all who volunteer. No previous experience is necessary; training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders. There will be roles for all ages and abilities.
Your contribution is welcome for any part of the event or the entire project. Work begins on Wednesday, August 17, and concludes Sunday, August 21. Trail construction 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.
We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event. Woolly mammoths are welcome.