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Trailbuilding: IAT-U Crew Leader Training, Iola, Waupaca County

June 9 @ 8:30 am - June 12 @ 12:00 pm

Crew Leader Training is back! Learn the skills you need to lead the next generation of trail builders.  Attendance requires a short application.

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Like footings and pans are to a boardwalk, effective and skilled volunteer crew leaders are foundational to our award-winning MSC program.

Turn your passion for the Trail into a way to inspire and educate others. Become a volunteer crew leader and have a hand in our continued success.

Attendance at this training requires a short application which can be found here: download a fillable PDF.

Applications are due Friday, May 20, and will be reviewed shortly thereafter, with admittance confirmation issued by Thursday, May 26. (Completed applications are to be emailed to Chad DuChateau, Director of Trail Operations; [email protected])


The training is free, with camping and other facilities available at Wood Lake County Park.

Crew Leader Training Location Map



To be an effective crew leader, you’ll learn:

  • How to break down the four-step tread construction process so you can teach it to others.
  • Best risk management practices.
  • Key interpersonal skills for effective team leadership and conflict resolution.
  • Safe and effective use of hand tools and trail assessment techniques.

This training is an excellent refresher for those with crew leader experience.

What to Expect:

  • Successful applicants should plan to arrive at the Iola Winter Sports Club (E398 County Rd MM, Iola, WI 54945) Thursday, June 9, by 8:30 a.m. Training starts at 9:00 a.m. Class is dismissed Sunday, June 12, at noon.
  • Trainings will be a mix of classroom instruction and field-based, hands-on learning.
  • Be prepared to take notes and prepared for dirt and sweat as we tackle common trail construction techniques.
  • Light breakfasts and dinners provided.

What to Bring:

  • Notebook and pen.
  • Your own lunches and beverages.
  • Camping equipment including camp chair.
  • Long-sleeve shirts 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, and a hat.

Learn more about Alliance-sponsored 2022 Trailbuilding and Habitat Management Events.

Please contact the Trail Team via email ([email protected]) or the IATA office (800-227-0046).


June 9 @ 8:30 am
June 12 @ 12:00 pm
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Iola Winter Sports Club
E398 County Road MM
Iola, WI 54945 United States


IATA Trail Team