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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.

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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

Calling all Chapter Leaders, Trailbuilding, and Habitat Management volunteers! There are important updates to the National Parks Service (NPS) Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program of which you should be aware. Please join Dan Watson, Volunteer Coordinator for the NPS-Ice Age National Scenic Trail, to learn more.

He will discuss the:

  • Need for volunteers to complete the current Volunteer Agreement Forms (OF-301A) by July 2022;
  • Dates and locations of the upcoming chainsaw certification course;
  • Requirements in the Ice Age Trail Chainsaw Policy for sawyer assistants (aka “swampers”) to be able to work with sawyers;
  • COVID guidance for NPS volunteers;
  • 2021 volunteer numbers and hours recap;
  • General updates from NPS headquarters in Cross Plains.

All volunteers are welcome to join and Chapter Leaders are expressly encouraged to attend.

Two Zoom calls have been scheduled, and both cover the same topics:

Wednesday, March 2 from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
or
Saturday, March 5 from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

If you have questions regarding your volunteer status, contact Dan directly at [email protected]

Register now: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2

Calling all Chapter Leaders, Trailbuilding, and Habitat Management volunteers! There are important updates to the National Parks Service (NPS) Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program of which you should be aware. Please join Dan Watson, Volunteer Coordinator for the NPS-Ice Age National Scenic Trail, to learn more.

He will discuss the:

  • Need for volunteers to complete the current Volunteer Agreement Forms (OF-301A) by July 2022;
  • Dates and locations of the upcoming chainsaw certification course;
  • Requirements in the Ice Age Trail Chainsaw Policy for sawyer assistants (aka “swampers”) to be able to work with sawyers;
  • COVID guidance for NPS volunteers;
  • 2021 volunteer numbers and hours recap;
  • General updates from NPS headquarters in Cross Plains.

All volunteers are welcome to join and Chapter Leaders are expressly encouraged to attend.

Two Zoom calls have been scheduled, and both cover the same topics:

Wednesday, March 2 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
or
Saturday, March 5 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

If you have questions regarding your volunteer status, contact Dan directly at [email protected]

Register now: SATURDAY, MARCH 5

Think Outside’s goal is to get 11,000 fourth-graders graders out onto the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. This means we’re organizing lots of hikes with kids. If you’re a retired educator or someone who sincerely enjoys the delightful energy of 10-year-olds, join the fun!

We’re looking for individuals willing to assist teachers with leading hikes, especially as we book outings for Spring and Summer.

We are hosting in-person (Wednesday, February 16, 9:00 a.m. – noon at Schmeeckle Reserve in Stevens Point, WI) AND virtual volunteer trainings specific to Think Outside and working with kids: Wednesday, March 9, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. OR 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

(You’ll be able to select the day and time of the type of training of interest to you.)

Hikers and hunters share public and private land hosting the Ice Age Trail. This reality is often fraught with misunderstanding and resentment. 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

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a 1,200 mile long footpath found entirely within Wisconsin, traveling through some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas. It is more than just a path through the woods – it is a place for mental and physical rejuvenation, a place to unwind after a hard day, and a place to enjoy all that nature has to offer. Join the Ice Age Trail Alliance for this virtual introductory presentation to learn tips and tricks for day hiking and long distance hiking, along with resources to get you started to have a safe and successful journey. Newbies to the Ice Age Trail welcome and encouraged to attend!

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Presenter: Amy Lord, Outreach and Education 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. Also, briefly learn about FarOut’s mobile App, and how to mine the guidance offered on the information-rich pages on the Alliance’s website.

The workshop will offer live demonstrations of the Alliance website along with an opportunity to ask questions.

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

Discover how the FarOut mobile App can assist you on your Ice Age Trail journey during this workshop. The official navigational app for the Ice Age Trail, FarOut contains a ton of helpful features, which you’ll learn all about. See a live demonstration, find out how it works without Internet service, plus have the opportunity to ask questions.

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Alice Bodnar, COO & General Counsel for FarOut
Moderator: Tiffany Stram, GIS and Technology Specialist

This entertaining, family-friendly presentation is good for kids of all ages – the young and young-at-heart. It’s never too late to become a good steward of the land where you adventure.

This presentation will teach you (and your hiking partners – please invite them!) how to incorporate the Seven Leave No Trace Principles while hiking and being outdoors. Leave No Trace is a set of outdoor ethics created by the Leave No Trace Center of Outdoor Ethics promoting conservation in the outdoors.

Presenters: Leave No Trace Staff
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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.