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Reconnect With The Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Create. Support. Protect. Work. Play. Reconnect.

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The Ice Age National Scenic Trail needs you.
It needs your care, your hard work, your commitment.
Without you, the Ice Age Trail doesn’t stand a chance.

Equally, you need the Ice Age Trail, too.
Where else can you rejuvenate your soul and renew your energy?
It’s time to get back to your true, natural home.

We’ve been apart for too long.  Let’s reconnect on the Trail.

Join Us on the Trail!

Click on the map to locate a Reconnect event near you (or see the list below).

Visit our Volunteer Resource Center to complete the necessary forms to begin your volunteering adventures with the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

We’re excited to have you join us, however, please know the symptoms of the coronavirus and be prepared to STAY HOME if you exhibit any of them. Please visit the CDC website and view the symptoms listed there. Consider using the Self-Checker, an interactive guide, located mid-way down the page, which can help you make your decision. Go there now.

Download a copy of our Season At A Glance [PDF], a schedule of our 2020 Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Reconnect events. (We tack ours to the fridge door.)

Learn more about our Mobile Skills Crew program, go here.

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August Chapter-Led Reconnect Events

Reconnect with the Ice Age Trail and pitch in to help Chapters of the Ice Age Trail Alliance restore open, passable, and navigable Trail conditions. Priorities at these locate events, occurring statewide, include trail mowing, removing invasives, trimming back brush, and clearing downed trees.

July 31 & August 1: Join the High Point Chapter as they create passable trail in Taylor County; details HERE.

August 5 & 6: Join the Lakeshore Chapter as they cut and assemble boardwalk frames in preparation for the August 20 – 23 MSC event; details HERE.

August 15: Join the Lodi Valley Chapter as they clear corridor and address erosion by improving water flow across tread; details HERE.

September 2: Join the Baraboo Hills/Heritage Chapter as they create passable trail in Sauk County; details HERE.

Note: Crew Leaders and experienced hands needed!

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Please continue to check our online calendar for additional Reconnect events, including hikes, as more will be added throughout summer and fall.

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Tending the Trail: Volunteers Lead the Way

“Expert Ice Age Trail maintenance and stewardship has a quality of invisibility that allows hikers and runners to relish their aesthetic experience rather than constantly watching their feet.

That stunning river view? It’s been kept open by regular brush trimming.

That forest floor carpeted with blossoming native Bloodroot? It’s the result of a labor of love, not a happy accident.

Year-round, day-to-day Trail care is accomplished by a multitude of volunteers who belong to one of the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s 19 volunteer chapters along the Ice Age Trail’s 1,2000-mile length.”

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August 20 - 23, LaBudde Creek Segment

Join us in Sheboygan County! This event carries forward and extends the geographic reach of our pre-COVID-19 Mobile Skills Crew Season plan. Trail work includes 150 feet of new boardwalk, tread maintenance, signage upgrades, and Trail design and layout.

Project support availability will be announced closer to the event.

Registration and event details here.

Event map here.

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September 17 - 20, West Bend Segment

Join us in Washington County! This event ranges wide to include the West Bend, Kewaskum, and Holy Hill segments. Goals include new boardwalk construction and building new and improving existing Trail.

Project support availability will be announced closer to the event.

Registration and event details here.

Event map here.

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Mammoth Hike Challenge

The Mammoth Hike Challenge celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Ice Age Trail becoming a National Scenic Trail (the official signing took place on October 3, 1980).

Hike 40 miles on the Ice Age Trail during the month of October 2020 and visit three of our Trail Communities to earn a hiking certificate and a limited-edition patch commemorating the 40th anniversary.

You may hike, walk, run, or backpack – whatever suits your lifestyle – and log your miles over days, weekends, weeks, or one big adventure.

You have the entire month of October to do it!

All abilities. All ages. All welcome.

Friday, October 9: Reconnect Awards Banquet

This event is cancelled due to health and safety concerns related to the pandemic.

Join us in Marathon County! This SIGNATURE EVENT recovers the celebratory joy of our volunteer award ceremony (usually held in April) and commemorates the 40th anniversary of Ice Age National Scenic Trail designation!

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October 5-11, Ringle Segment

Join us in Marathon County! This event continues new trail construction in the heart of the reimagined Ringle Segment. Help put the exclamation point on 4.6 miles of new trail completed! Deep-woods stonework, tread construction, and more lies ahead.

Note: The off-site 2019 awards recognition event is cancelled due to health and safety concerns of the pandemic.

Registration and event details here.

Event map here.

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Here's How We've Reconnected So Far!

Tuesday, August 4: Trailtessa-Be Virtual Event

Be Reconnected: Join us for our first-ever VIRTUAL Trailtessa Retreat! These women-specific events are part of REI’s Force of Nature initiative to introduce women and girls to nature in a safe and welcoming environment.

Be Informed. We’ll share lots of great information about the Ice Age Trail, including an overview of the hiker resources we offer, so you can enjoy a successful hiking season!

Be Inspired. We’ve also invited female guest speakers to recount tales from their Thousand-Mile journeys! Be ready with the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about hiking and camping along the Ice Age Trail, these Forces of Nature will happily offer experience-based advice.

July Chapter-Led Reconnect Events

Reconnect with the Ice Age Trail and pitch in to help Chapters of the Ice Age Trail Alliance restore open, passable, and navigable Trail conditions. Priorities at these locate events, occurring statewide, include trail mowing, removing invasives, trimming back brush, and clearing downed trees.

July 9 & 10: Join the Blue Hills and the Chippewa Moraine Chapter as they create passable trail in Rusk County; details HERE.

July 11: Join the Dane County Chapter as they tackle new trail construction on Timber Lane; details HERE.

July 18: Join the Dane County Chapter as they continue the project on Timber Lane; details HERE.

July 18: Join the Central Moraines Chapter as they clear corridor in anticipation of the October MSC project; details HERE.

July 25: Join the Lodi Valley Chapter (Southern Columbia County) as they remove buckthorn, improve signage, and repair tread; details HERE.

July 25: Join the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter as they remove invasives and update signage; details HERE.

July 30 & 31: Join the Waushara County Chapter as they reroute trail; details HERE.

Note: Crew Leaders and experienced hands needed!

Please continue to check our online calendar for additional Reconnect events, including hikes, as more will be added throughout summer and fall.

Mammoth Steps to Reconnect!

Reconnecting dedicated volunteers with the Trail they love is central to our Mammoth Steps event. Trained to use their “Trail Eyes,” experienced chapter volunteers intend to hike all 120 segments of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in celebration of National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6, 2020. Their goal, beyond enjoying a day out on the Trail, is to document where volunteer magic is needed to restore an exceptional hiker experience.

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Mammoth Beauty Celebration

Imagine…a snapshot of the Ice Age Trail, in its entirety, as it looks on a single day!

This vision could become a reality with your help.

We have 120 Ice Age Trail segments waiting for you to enjoy, camera in hand and eyes finely-tuned for beauty, as part of our National Trails Day celebration on Saturday, June 6.

Thank You Mammoth Steps Participants!

We did it! Thank you!!

We hope you thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail this past weekend during our Mammoth Steps event. For many of you, the weather was absolutely ideal: bright blue skies, a delightful 80 degrees, and plenty of breezes to keep bugs at bay. For those who encountered flies, humidity, or rain, please know, we appreciate your efforts on behalf of the Ice Age Trail all the more!

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