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Reconnect: Wildcard Event – Lowe Lake and Hartland Segments

October 21 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 12:00 pm

The Hartland Marsh and Loew Lake provide crucial refuge for many of Wisconsin’s diverse wetland and aquatic species. Mink, sandhill cranes, wood ducks, and purple martins, are just a few of the species found in these ecosystems. They offer outdoor enthusiasts a myriad of experiences on 1,270 acres between them. Join us in improving the Ice Age Trail in these gems of the Wisconsin State Park system

What We’re Doing:

Two projects, one wildcard event.

At Hartland Marsh we will undertake a long-planned boardwalk replacement. The marsh showcases Waukesha county’s grand bur oak trees and great views of wetland wildlife. The current boardwalk elevates hikers above the marsh, but provides an unsteady walk. The new 200-foot boardwalk will replace the bendy boardwalk and will include handrails.

In a twice-as-nice opportunity, construction of a second boardwalk will take place at Loew Lake in Washington County. This boardwalk will replace an aging one, providing an improved hiking experience. If time and volunteer numbers allow, new tread may be cut on the Loew Lake Segment, as well.

Download Project Area Map [PDF]


Your contribution of time and energy is welcome for any part of the event.

Work begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 21st and will continue until 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 23rd.

The Volunteer Check-In location is near the Monches/Lowe Lake Segment at the parking area along County K. Google map directions or  IATA map location.

Base Camp & Meals:

  • All meals will be the responsibility of each participant, including bringing your own lunch to the field.
  • Camping space will be provided by John O’Neill, who has graciously allowed camping on his property for this project, for those wishing to volunteer multiple days.
  • More information on camping, meeting and parking locations will be supplied via the confirmation email sent prior to the event.

What to Bring:

  • Bring your mask and work gloves.
  • Long-sleeve shirts and pants for trail work; mud boots if you have them, may come in handy.
  • 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, a hat and gaiters.
  • Please bring your own food and beverages for the days you plan to attend.
  • A change of clothes for comfort around the fire afterwards.
  • 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.


Register Here

Please register by Sunday, October 17.

Volunteers in Parks and COVID-19 Safety Information:

No experience is necessary and volunteers of all ages are welcome, provided youth attend with an adult chaperone. If you are new to volunteering with the Ice Age Trail Alliance, please submit the volunteer agreement before the event, see below for more details.

  • We’re excited to have you join us, however, please know the symptoms of the coronavirus and be prepared to STAY HOME if you exhibit any of them. Please visit the CDC website and view the symptoms listed there. Consider using the Self-Checker, an interactive guide, located mid-way down the page, which can help you make your decisionGo there now.
  • Please complete this Volunteer Agreement, OF-301A Fillable Form.
  • The National Park Service (NPS) requires every volunteer to complete an OF-301A Volunteer Service Agreement, whether you are a new IATA volunteer or a returning volunteer who has not yet filled out the post-March 24, 2020 version of this form.
  • Please email the completed form to Dan Watson, NPS Volunteer Coordinator, ([email protected]).
  • Dan will reply to you with a signed copy of the form.

Please read through these documents as they provide additional safety guidelines:

  1. A Cover Letter from Eric Gabriel, Superintendent[PDF]
  2. IATR-VIP Risk Assessment Tool[PDF]
  3. Covid19Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)[PDF]


October 21 @ 8:00 am
October 23 @ 12:00 pm
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Brad Crary, IATA Staff