Emerging leaders from the Spring 2016 Crew Leadership Skills class.
Photo credit: D. Caliebe
Did you know a trail, as it winds through the woods or across a grassy field, has an “anatomy”?
The “body parts” of a trail include aspects like a corridor, the bench or tread, drainage features, structures, anchors, edges, and gateways, just to name a few.
This glossary of terms, along with the why and how of sustainable trail design, were the nuanced details of trail building learned by the most recent participants of the Ice Age Trail Alliance Crew Leadership and Skills training. Continue reading
At the end of March, 23 volunteers gathered for the first-ever Crew Leader Retreat. This was a chance for those who lead fellow volunteers on the Ice Age Trail to spend time together in an environment of reflection, learning and growth.
Many of those who attended are certified as crew leaders through our Crew Leadership and Skills training, and others are on the path to crew leadership. Everyone contributed to an inspiring weekend focused on leadership on the Trail.
The volunteers moved through some team-building challenges, training modules and lots of idea sharing. The enthusiasm to continue improving how we do work on the Trail was infectious!
Thank you to all those who participated – this is a group of seriously passionate and dedicated people. If you know or work with a volunteer crew leader on (or off) the Ice Age Trail, send a thank you their way!