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Ice Age Trail University (IAT-U): Virtual Sessions

IAT-U offers a wide-range of Alliance and Ice Age Trail-related topics from the comfort of your homes.

Browse IAT-U's 2022 Offerings and Register Today!

Just in time for spring and summer planning, Alliance staff will highlight 2022 events. Learn more about the ways you can help and play on the Ice Age Trail.

Newbies will get a jumpstart at learning project lingo (four-step tread construction, swampers, Pulaski) and an idea of which events sound like fun. Seasoned volunteers can determine where they can best use their tread construction, stone work, or boardwalk building skills.

We’ll unveil the ever-popular Trailtessa Retreats and opportunities to help spread the word about the Ice Age Trail at outreach events – you know you want to be Monty!

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Presenters: Patrick Gleissner, Field Operations Coordinator & Amy Lord, Outreach and Education Manager

Curious about this organization you just joined? Deepen your connection to the Ice Age Trail community with this in-depth overview of the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Learn about:

  • Alliance programs and the organizations we partner with to accomplish our goals.
  • Volunteer chapters and the ways you can connect with this vibrant community.
  • Resources available to plan your next adventure.

Plus, get your questions answered by staff!

Two sessions: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Presenters: Eric Sherman, Membership and Grants Coordinator & Amy Lord, Outreach and Education Manager

This workshop is geared toward Chapter volunteer communication coordinators (or those interested in stepping into the role). Learn the basics of Canva, a free graphic design platform used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, and more. You, too, can easily create eye-catching visual content for promoting your chapter’s activities.

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Presenters: Justine Kapitzke, Communications Specialist and Lysianne Unruh, Communications Manager.

A wealth of resources exists to help you plan your thousand-mile journey. Are you are planning a thru-hike of the Ice Age Trail or to walk it in sections or segments at a time? Either adventure, this workshop is for you.

  • Learn the ins and outs of the interactive hiker resource map, including Trail Alerts.
  • Discover how to use FarOut’s mobile map app, useful for locating trailheads, water sources, or camping sites.
  • Also, learn how to mine the guidance offered on the information-rich pages on the Alliance’s website.

The workshop will offer live demonstrations of the map, app, and website along with an opportunity to ask questions.

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Presenters: Tiffany Stram, GIS and Technology Specialist & Amy Lord, Outreach & Education Manager

Hikers and hunters share public and private land hosting the Ice Age Trail. This reality is often fraught with controversy. Yet, there is the opportunity to peaceably coexist. This conversation will allow hikers and hunters to gain a deeper appreciation for how members of each group enjoys nature. And what each group brings to land conservation. Come ready to offer your point of view, but also to listen, learn, and help bridge the divide.

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Moderators: Tiffany Stram, GIS and Technology Specialist & Kevin Thusius, Director of Land Conservation

You may have heard about the Dreamer Route. Where is it? What is it? Why is it so special? Learn more about the progress of a nearly 20-mile path aiming to highlight the dramatic glacial features of Rusk County’s Blue Hills.

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Presenters: Dave Caliebe, Trail Program Manager, Patrick Gleissner, Field Operations Coordinator, and Fred Nash, Blue Hills Chapter Coordinator

More information coming soon.

School’s out. Keep the kids entertained and avoid summer brain drain with this engaging activity: an Ice Age Trail scavenger hunt. ColdCaching is an exciting way to explore and learn about the many natural features along the Trail. This family-friendly activity allows you to experience the thrill of a treasure hunt, learn important navigational skills and develop an appreciation for Wisconsin’s fascinating Ice Age history.

And don’t worry – you can ColdCache without kids! It’s an activity ideal for the young and young-at-heart. Join us to learn more and get started today!

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Presenters: Dolly McNulty, Ice Age Trail Alliance volunteer and founder of ColdCaching, and Renee Vanselow, Wisconsin Geocaching Association Board

Grab a beer (or beverage of choice) and a comfy chair. Settle in for entertaining and inspiring tales by recent Thousand-Milers. They’ll share their adventures along the Trail: favorite segments, meaningful Trail Angel interactions, encounters with animals, and much more.

Featuring a three-person panel, lots of photos, and short stories, these armchair sessions will have you considering where you’d like to explore next.

Join us the second Thursday in August, September, and October for a total of nine, unique, Trail stories.

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Presenters: TBD

Registration link coming soon.

Grab a beer (or beverage of choice) and a comfy chair. Settle in for entertaining and inspiring tales by recent Thousand-Milers. They’ll share their adventures along the Trail: favorite segments, meaningful Trail Angel interactions, encounters with animals, and much more.

Featuring a three-person panel, lots of photos, and short stories, these armchair sessions will have you considering where you’d like to explore next.

This is the second Happy Hour in a series of three, held the second Thursday in August, September, and October for a total of nine, unique, Trail stories.

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Presenters: TBD

Registration link coming mid-summer.

Grab a beer (or beverage of choice) and a comfy chair. Settle in for entertaining and inspiring tales by recent Thousand-Milers. They’ll share their adventures along the Trail: favorite segments, meaningful Trail Angel interactions, encounters with animals, and much more.

Featuring a three-person panel, lots of photos, and short stories, these armchair sessions will have you considering where you’d like to explore next.

This is the final Happy Hour in a series of three, held the second Thursday in August, September, and October for a total of nine, unique, Trail stories.

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Presenters: TBD

Registration link coming mid-summer.