2017 Regional Rallies – Register now!

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Regional volunteer chapter members gather to celebrate successes, share ideas, and benefit from collaboration. Photo by Brad Crary.

Each fall the Ice Age Trail Alliance hosts Regional Rallies to bring together volunteers from across the land for planning, training, and collaboration. These events are excellent opportunities to learn what it takes to create a world class hiking trail and get involved locally.

Participants will hear the latest updates from the Alliance, share chapter successes, and begin planning for 2018 local and regional events. Lunch is provided.

To see a map of all three Regional Rally locations, click here.

Saturday, November 4th – Barron County
Sunday, November 5th –  Marathon County
Sunday, November 12th – Waukesha County

Schedule

Start: 9 am

Agenda (click here)

Lunch: We’ll provide the fixins for a “build your own” sandwich bar, while the host chapter provides delicious desserts.

End: 1:30 pm.

Note: The local host chapter may arrange for a nearby hike, or enjoy the afternoon on your own for a fall walk.

Duff Bucket Challenge

We’re bringing back the Duff Bucket Challenge. The fall season is synonymous with decluttering. As you go through your house plumping sofa cushions and clearing off the tops of dressers, corral the small change you find into your Ice Age Trail coffee mug. Empty those coins into a Duff Bucket at a Regional Rally near you, and refill said mug with your favorite morning beverage. Feel virtuous as you settle into the camaraderie and conversation.

Highlight Your Chapter’s Successes with Photos!

As in previous years, we are hosting the ever-popular Chapter Exchanges. This year, we encourage you to highlight your successes with photographs.
Please send 3 – 5 digital photos to Brad Crary at Brad@iceagetrail.org. We will organize them by chapter into a digital presentation, so include your chapter name with the photos.
All photos need to be in Brad’s email box by Monday, October 30th.

Registration

To REGISTER for a Regional Rally near you, click a link below:

Saturday, November 4th, Cameron Community Center, 514 W. Main St., Cameron, WI (Barron County)
Sunday, November 5th, Hatley Public Library, 435 Curtis Ave., Hatley, WI (Marathon County)
Sunday, November 12th, Lapham Peak Unit, KMSF, W329 N846 County Rd C, Delafield, WI (Waukesha County)

We hope to see at a Rally near you!

There is no IAT-U without … YOU!

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Photo by Michael Maziarka

The secret sauce of our wildly successful and award-winning Mobile Skills Crew program?

Well-trained volunteers. Absolutely.

When the Mobile Skills Crew trailer pulls up to a work site, the flurry of activity that follows is nothing short of astounding. Tents are set up, meals are cooked, trails are built and boardwalks constructed. Much of what is accomplished, over the course of a few days, happens, in part, because the Ice Age Trail Alliance staff is able to rely on knowledgeable, capable volunteers. Individuals who have raised their hands and said “YES” to learning new skills or deepening their existing capabilities in service of the Trail. Continue reading

21 New Boardwalk Builders

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The newest class of boardwalk builders looks on as hikers try out their creation.
Photo by Dave Caliebe

The best place to hike through a wetland is…above it!

Piece-by-piece, 21 participants in the boardwalk training built two elevated boardwalks totaling 193 feet. Every measurement taken, every pan placed, every screw installed was an opportunity to learn and hone new skills. Continue reading

Successful Hands-On Learning!

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The new 24-foot-long bridge, with lengthy approach ramps, for a total of 268 feet of boardwalk, now spans Parfrey’s Glen Creek. Photo credit: Dave Caliebe

August is prime time for community festivals big and small, celebrating the heart of each locale. Last week’s MSC event in Sauk and Columbia Counties rolled out the big top, anchored by four heavyweights of the Ice Age Trail – stonework, trailbuilding, woodworking, and most importantly, learning. These four anchors held the big top sturdy through high winds and downpours. These four anchors play a key part, every day, along the Ice Age Trail, expanding the big top to include more volunteers and hikers. Continue reading

Hands-on Learning on the Merrimac Segment and at IAT-U

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Photo credit: Dave Caliebe
The Baraboo Bluffs are beckoning…this is the view the Trail reroute will provide.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keep learning stays young.”

~ Henry Ford

Educating and Empowering volunteers to build maintain and steward the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is the cornerstone of the Ice Age Trail Alliance Mobile Skills Crew Program. In the words of Henry Ford, “Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” If this is true, then our end-of-summer MSC event in Sauk County is a veritable fountain of youth.

Bring your youthful back-to-school spirit, because the best way to learn is by doing, and we’ve got a substantial, hands-on Trail improvement project in the works. This section of Trail meanders through the beautiful Riverland Conservancy owned Merrimac Preserve, near Devil’s Lake State Park. A dilapidated bridge and boardwalk will be replaced, ready for their own infusion of youthfulness. Continue reading

Team Building: Hard Hats Not Hard Heads

Ice Age National Scenic Trail Mobile Skills Crew Leadership Training

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

IATA Regional Rally (3 of 3)

Join us for the third of our regional rallies! All are welcome! You do not need to be an IATA member or volunteer to participate. If you’ve wanted to learn more about volunteering or spending time on the Trail, this is a great opportunity to get involved.

Lunch will be provided. More information about this year’s rally theme and registration coming soon!