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Membership

The Ice Age Trail Alliance works tirelessly to acquire and preserve land, build new trail segments, maintain current segments, and ensure this Wisconsin wonder is here for generations to come.

You can help support this important work by becoming a member of the Ice Age Trail Alliance today.

Did you know that the Ice Age Trail Alliance gained 1,716 NEW members in 2020? That’s an increase of 42% over 2019 – for a total of 5,560 members.

In 2020, more than ever, people like you turned to the Ice Age Trail for adventure, wellness, and quality family time. As you explored a little closer to home, you discovered a Wisconsin gem winding its way through the state, linking communities, natural beauty, and renowned glacial features.

Your membership, whether you join at the $50 level, or at the $1,000 level, or somewhere in between, helps the Alliance:

  • Conserve land
  • Build new trail
  • Maintain existing segments
  • Improve wildlife habitat
  • Introduce people of all ages and backgrounds to Wisconsin’s wonders

How Memberships Support the Alliance's Mission

Every dollar you contribute helps maintain Ice Age Trail Alliance projects and programs on behalf of the work we do to create, support, and protect the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Trailbuilding and Maintenance: From trail layout and design to trail construction and maintenance, your membership helps assure that we can continue to build miles of new, off-road tread, repair or construct bridges and boardwalks, and paint blazes and install signage.

Volunteer Support: From providing an array of trailbuilding tools – Pick Mattocks, Macleods, and Pulaskis – to offering skill-building coursework at Ice Age Trail University, it takes a dedicated, well-trained workforce of thousands of volunteers from across the upper Midwest to build and maintain the Ice Age Trail.

Land Protection: Your membership helps fulfill the vision of a continuous, thousand-mile footpath as we acquire parcels of land and close gaps along this linear park. Importantly, these acquisitions also preserve renowned glacial features which narrate the landscape story of the last Ice Age.

Land Stewardship: From removing invasive species to restoring remnant prairies, your membership helps guarantee the care and support of diverse wildlife habitat on the more than 50 properties the Alliance owns and manages.

Outreach and Education: Your membership helps us connect with tomorrow’s leaders through immersive, hands-on experiences. Wonder and awe are sparked in students and teachers as the Trail takes them past ancient glacial features and offers a lifetime of learning.

Improve the Hiker Experience: Your membership helps create a space for personal growth where natural beauty nourishes the hiker’s soul and geological wonders inspire the mind. We’re also able to support hikers through publications like the Ice Age Trail Atlas, Guidebook, and Databook, maintain the accuracy of the Ice Age Trail mobile app in partnership with Guthook Guides, and continually add features to our online Hiker Resource Map.

IATA Revenue 2020

Revenue 2020

IATA Expenses 2020

Expenses 2020

The impact membership gifts have on the Ice Age Trail Alliance budget is evident in the two pie charts featured above. 55% of our revenues come from individuals (memberships) and foundations. We couldn’t do the work we do, to the extent we are able to do it, without our generous members.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, you are part of a community helping to build, maintain and promote the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, a treasure that gives much to many.

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Be Inspired. Watch the sunset from one of your favorite lookout points along the Trail. Photo by Hedi LaMarr Photography.

As an Ice Age Trail Alliance Member, You'll Receive:

Gifts of $50 or more qualify for the following membership benefits:

Membership Categories

As a member of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, you are part of a community helping to build, maintain and promote the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, a treasure that gives much to many.

A freshly mowed Trail awaits the eager hikers. Photo by Brian Bednarek.
A freshly mowed Trail awaits the eager hikers. Photo by Brian Bednarek.

Our basic membership category. Every dollar you contribute helps maintain Ice Age Trail Alliance projects and programs.

 

Your generosity makes possible the Ice Age Trail Alliance mission of creating, supporting and protecting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Thank you!

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Volunteers build a new section of tread on the Summit Moraine Segment. Photo by Cameron Gillie.
Volunteers build a new section of tread on the Summit Moraine Segment. Photo by Cameron Gillie.

From trail layout and design to trail construction and maintenance, your membership at this level helps assure that we can continue to build the programs that build the Trail.

 

Your generosity makes possible the Ice Age Trail Alliance mission of creating, supporting and protecting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Thank you!

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

An earnest young man carrying the Spirit Stick leads the way. Photo by Leah Bradley.
An earnest young man carrying the Spirit Stick leads the way. Photo by Leah Bradley.

Your membership at this level helps us secure the resources necessary to protect the Ice Age Trail across Wisconsin.

Additional benefit:

 

Your generosity makes possible the Ice Age Trail Alliance mission of creating, supporting and protecting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Thank you!

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

A sunset view along the Lodi Marsh Segment. Photo by Kelly Anklam.
A sunset view along the Lodi Marsh Segment. Photo by Kelly Anklam.

The Yellow Blaze Club honors all who have come before us to build the Ice Age National Scenic Trail into what it is today. Your contribution ensures that the Ice Age Trail will always be waiting for the next dreamer.

Additional benefits:

  • Recognition of your support in Mammoth Tales
  • An invitation to the annual Ray Zillmer-Henry Reuss Memorial Dinner for you and a guest

 

Your generosity makes possible the Ice Age Trail Alliance mission of creating, supporting and protecting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Thank you!

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

A volunteer and trailbuilding staff move a granite boulder to a more ideal location. Photo courtesy of Dave Caliebe.
A volunteer and trailbuilding staff move a granite boulder to a more ideal location. Photo courtesy of Dave Caliebe.

Glacial leadership gifts have a dramatic effect on the financial and programmatic health of the Alliance and provide sustainability to our efforts on the Trail.

Additional benefits:

  • Recognition of your support in Mammoth Tales
  • An invitation to the annual Ray Zillmer-Henry Reuss Memorial Dinner for you and up to 6 guests

 

Your generosity makes possible the Ice Age Trail Alliance mission of creating, supporting and protecting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Thank you!

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.