Photo Credit: Jim Waters

Reconnect With The Ice Age National Scenic Trail

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

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Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Mammoth Steps, National Trails Day, SReconnect
Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Mammoth Steps, Reconnect

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.

June and July Trail Restoration Days

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

View the list of events at our online calendar. Look for events titled “Reconnect” and find one near you!

Note: Crew Leaders and experienced hands needed!

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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.”

Join Us on the Trail!

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

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

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

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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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October 5-11, Ringle Segment

Join us in Marathon County! This SIGNATURE EVENT recovers the celebratory joy of our volunteer award ceremony, commemorates the 40th anniversary of Ice Age National Scenic Trail designation, and continues new trail construction in the heart of the reimagined Ringle Segment.

Special indoor program on Friday night, October 9th!

Registration and event details here.

Event map here.

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Here's How We've Reconnected So Far!

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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Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Mammoth Steps, National Trails Day, Lodi Marsh Segment, Dane County

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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