It is cold outside in Wisconsin, which means it is time to Think Spring! Make plans now to join the Ice Age Trail Alliance for the 2018 Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison – Feb. 9-11! Explore event highlights online now, see all of the great exhibitors who will be bringing the best in garden and landscaping equipment and supplies, and explore dozens of free educational seminars with experts from across the state and country, and buy discounted advance tickets online now: wigardenexpo.com #WIGardenExpo
Stop by the Ice Age Trail Alliance booth 1314 and say hello!
Be Fanciful.Be a Force of Nature. Be a Nature Princess…at any age! Make a crown, dust off your boots, and come explore the wild kingdom on the Dunes Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Photo by Woodland Dunes Nature Center staff.
Be Adventurous. Do Princesses climb trees and get dirty? Absolutely. This program, inspired by the children’s book, “Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?”, is designed to be a royally good time, packed with opportunities to get out and get messy. Continue reading →
We’ve hit our group-size limit for this event. We hope you’ll join us next time!
Join us for a 4-day backpacking trip in one of the most pristine sections of the Ice Age Trail – the Chequamegon National Forest. This outing is a collaboration of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and the Verona Ice Age Trail Community.
Dates: Monday, September 18th – Thursday, September 21, 2017 (departing at 7:30 a.m. from the Old County Road PB park & ride in Verona) Continue reading →
The Cross Plains Segment shows off its best summer look. Photo Credit: Lou Ann Novak
In 2017 the Village of Cross Plains became one of eight Ice Age Trail Communities. This designation is more than a sign on the highway and a ribbon cutting. It is an invitation to use the Ice Age National Scenic Trail to celebrate the local culture, history, landscape, and businesses.
This July 14 and 15 the Village, in collaboration with the Cross Plains Chamber of Commerce, and the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s Dane County Chapter, will be taking up the invitation to celebrate! Continue reading →
In celebration of National Trails Day, join hikers, friends, family, and colleagues on the Ice Age Trail to explore Dane County and raise funds to build, maintain, and protect the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Participants can choose one of two hikes along the Ice Age Trail:
Prairie-to-Prairie Hike – 6 miles from Prairie Moraine County Park in Verona to Badger Prairie County Park in Verona
Hike-a-Thon – 20 miles from Brooklyn State Wildlife Area to Badger Prairie County Park in Verona
Supporting the Ice Age Trail
As part of our goal to work together to raise more than $8,000 for the Ice Age Trail Alliance, we are asking all participants to make a tax-deductible gift or collect pledges of $30 or more.
Those who are not currently Alliance members who donate or raise $50 or more have the option to start a one-year Alliance membership.
Also…all participants who donate or raise $50 or more will receive a t-shirt courtesy of Fontana Sports Specialties.
To register yourself for the event or to make a gift in support of someone else, please follow the link at the bottom of this page.
Those participating in the 20-mile Hike-a-Thon will meet at 8 a.m. at Badger Prairie County Park, Shelter #1. Park entrance is at 4654 Maple Grove Drive, Verona (driving directions). Buses will leave at 8:30 a.m. to take you to the start at the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area. Bring a lunch and at least 16 ounces of water. We will have water stops with snacks every 3-5 miles. Porta-potties will be available along the route.
Those participating in the 6-mile Prairie-to-Prairie Hike will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Badger Prairie County Park, Shelter #1. Park entrance is at 4654 Maple Grove Drive, Verona (driving directions). Buses will leave at 1 p.m. to take you to the start at Prairie Moraine County Park. Bring at least 16 ounces of water.
We anticipate that participants from both hikes will arrive at the finish line together starting around 3:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, snacks, and a celebration! Please bring a folding chair if you plan to stick around for the party.
In the event of severe or threatening weather, we may need to cancel the Hike-a-Thon at the last minute for safety reasons. If this happens, we will be unable to refund donations.
We love dogs, but please leave yours at home for this event.
Early spring mornings are the time to see and hear migrating and newly-arrived birds of the woodlands, savanna and prairie habitats along the loop in the highlands above Cross Plains. Bring binoculars; hike leader will help identify avian friends! Continue reading →
Photo credit: B. Bednarek, Parnell Segment, view from Parnell Tower
Did you know, world famous glacial landscape features are within an easy drive from your front door?
This might not seem like such a big deal until you consider that walking across the high ridge of an esker, or peering down into a kettle lake is a bit like time travel, giving you a peek into how the landscape of Wisconsin was formed.
Conveniently, the almost 30,000 acres of the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest contains some of the most stellar glacial remnants of the last Ice Age. In fact, this region was formed as two tongue-shaped ice sheets collided, creating a valley of ice some 10,000 years ago. As these huge sheets of ice melted, the meltwater cascaded into crevasses carrying sand, gravel, and boulders, depositing them along the way. This is what shaped the rolling ridges and deep kettles – large crater-like depressions – that make up the topography of this beautiful forest. Continue reading →
A trail flows through a sea of wildflowers in the John Muir County Park. Photo credit: K. Mcgwin
Trails do not just magically appear in the woods or along a ridgeline for our hiking pleasure. It might seem like it as we take a stroll down a long, shaded path, with a glimpse of it unfolding ahead of us. Most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how a trail is constructed or the dedicated hours of design and layout (about a 100 hours) involved for every mile of trail, not counting the hours dedicated to the actual building, mile per mile, of trail.
In fact, most of us have a limited knowledge of exactly how many miles of trails exist in our country, not thinking perhaps beyond the trails in our own county or state parks, or the few mountain trails we’ve hiked, in Colorado, perhaps. It turns out, according to the American Hiking Society, there are 200,000 miles of trail throughout the United States.Continue reading →
Join us for a winter hike at Lapham Peak in Delafield (click here for driving directions). Meet at the Homestead Hollow parking lot, about half a mile down the road after entering the park. Watch for yellow Ice Age Trail Event signs. Restrooms are available at this location. A Wisconsin state park sticker is required. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, bring water, and always wear comfortable hiking boots or snowshoes if there is snow on the ground. Wheel & Sprocket rents snowshoes for all ages, and are located in the red barn near Evergreen Grove Shelter at Lapham Peak.
Families with small children are encouraged to come learn about Wisconsin’s outdoors and experience portions of our treasured Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Everyone is welcome, as this event is not only for families. Each session will begin with a short lesson about a particular natural topic before the group will head out to explore the trails and enjoy time together. Each hike is scheduled to last approximately one hour in length and between 1 – 1.5 miles.