Photo by: Cameron Gillie

2024 Ice Age Trail Crew Season-at-a-Glance

Learn new skills, make new friends, build and maintain the Ice Age Trail, and improve the Trail’s surrounding habitat.

2024 Habitat Improvement Projects Map

2024 Habitat Improvement Projects

2024 Trailbuilding Projects Map

2024 Trailbuilding Events

Habitat Improvement Events

Ice Age Trail Crew volunteers clear and burn brush on a hill on a snowy day.
Photo by Steve Pence.

January 12 – 13, 2024: Table Bluff Segment, Dane County

 

Help maintain habitat diversity and ecosystem quality in Alliance-owned SwampLover’s Preserve. Remove invasive brush from the oak savannas and woodlands using loppers and hand saws. Trained sawyers will bring down invasive trees, too.

Ice Age Trail Crew volunteers work to clear and burn brush in a valley on a snowy day.
Photo by Jo Ellarson.

January 26 – 27, 2024: Hartland Segment, Waukesha County

 

Promote the growth of young oaks and native forbs in the Alliance-owned Hartland Marsh Preserve. Help remove non-native brush from the oak woodlands surrounding the marsh, allowing sunlight to reach the forest floor.

An Ice Age Trail Crew volunteer moves two large branches on a snowy day.
Photo by Maura Hanley.

February 9 – 10, 2024: Gibraltar Rock Segment, Southern Columbia County

 

Each year, the view of Lake Wisconsin and the Baraboo Hills improves at the Alliance-owned Steenbock Preserve. Help remove invasive brush from the oak savannas and woodlands using loppers and hand saws. Trained sawyers will bring down invasive trees, too.

Trailbuilding and Maintenance Events

Ice Age Trail Crew leaders sit on picnic benches during a training.
Photo by IATA Staff.

May 2 – 4, 2024: Training – Crew Leader Retreat, Location TBD

 

Crew Leaders, come together to talk about ways to improve projects and enhance the crew leader experience during the 2024 Trailbuilding Season.

An Ice Age Trail Crew volunteer in protective gear uses a chainsaw to cut a down tree.
Photo by Dan Bartell.

May 7 – 10, 2024: Maintenance Sweep, Location TBD

 

Save the date! Winter takes its toll along the Ice Age Trail. Be a part of a small crew dedicated to making the Trail ready for spring hiking—most likely will involve removing fallen trees or broken branches. So, sawyers and swampers are especially needed!

An old boardwalk leads a trail next to a creek.
Photo by IATA Staff.

May 15 – 19, 2024: Hemlock Creek Segment, Barron and Rusk Counties

 

Help upgrade the Trail near the popular Murphy Flowage Recreation Area. Replace deteriorating bridges and boardwalks, refreshing the signage, and maintaining the tread.

An Ice Age Trail Crew volunteer organizes a pile of tools.
Photo by Dave Caliebe.

June 6 – 8, 2024: Training – IAT-U, Dane County

 

Learn new skills from experienced staff and expert volunteers. Ice Age Trail University (IAT-U) classes will be announced at a later date – stay tuned!

Ice Age Trail Crew volunteers learn about tread construction.
Photo by Patrick Gleissner.

June 20 – 23, 2024: Training – Crew Leader Skills, Dane County

 

Learn the skills you need to lead the next Trailbuilding generation. If you participated in past years’ Trailbuilding events and are ready to take the next step, please submit a short application. Contact Chad DuChateau, Director of Trail Operations, for details, by emailing, chad@iceagetrail.org.

Overgrown brush covers a hiking trail.
Photo by Jared Wildenradt.

June 25 – 28, 2024: Maintenance Sweep, Location TBD

 

Save the date! Summer’s challenge: unchecked brush and fast-growing grass. Join a small crew ready to tackle the undergrowth along the Trail corridor and mow tread.

Two Ice Age Trail Crew volunteers work on building a new boardwalk.
Photo by Patrick Gleissner.

July 17 – 21, 2024: John Muir Park Segment, Marquette County

 

Elevate hikers’ enjoyment of the Alliance-owned Muir Preserve by building a boardwalk and loop trail, setting up the Trail for future growth. In addition, crews will help scout more Trail options in Marquette County.

A man stands among overgrown brush in a forested area.
Photo by Patrick Gleissner.

July 30 – August 2, 2024: Maintenance Sweep, Location TBD

 

Save the date! Summer’s ongoing challenge: summer storm damage and overgrown Trail as brush crowds the tread. Join a small crew eager to wield clippers, mow, and bring order to the mayhem.

Muddy tread leads a hiking trail through a forested area.
Photo by Dave Caliebe.

August 14 – 18, 2024: Plover River Segment, Marathon County

 


South of Highway 52, this much-loved and well-traveled segment is ready for a few upgrades. Help build puncheon, solidify tread with granite boulders, and maintain the existing tread to withstand many future boots.

A multi-use trail travels under a highway.
Photo by Kris Gould.

September 11 – 15, 2024: Greenbush Segment, Sheboygan County

 

Enjoy early autumn color in the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit as you craft brand-new tread. Help create a new route for the Ice Age Trail south of Hwy 23, moving it from a paved multi-use trail onto a beautiful landscape of deep kettles and big trees.

A person carefully maneuvers over rocks and boulders on a hill.
Photo by Dave Caliebe.

October 2 – 6, 2024: Blue Hills Segment, Rusk County

 


At last, it’s time the Dreamer Route became reality. Join tread and corridor clearing crews for the first of many events working in this geologically significant area. We’ll also finish up bridge and boardwalk work on the Hemlock Creek Segment.

Ice Age Trail Crew volunteers carry tools through a forested area to a work site.
Photo by Patrick Gleissner.

October 24 – 27, 2024: Wildcard!, Location TBD

 

Save the date! Join us for the final project of the year. The location and project are determined as the season draws to a close. We may revisit a segment to finish remaining to-do list items or tackle an emerging need somewhere else on the Trail.

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