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Member & Volunteer Resources

We’re committed to connecting both our members and dedicated volunteers with important pieces of information. We like to keep our VIPs, like you, in the loop!

We're Better Together!

The Alliance enjoys a robust and thriving membership because committed supporters share our vision. Without your generous financial contributions, or your profound volunteer spirit, the Ice Age National Scenic Trail would be nothing more than a line on a map!

Thank you for helping us bring the collective dream into reality.

Volunteer Resource Center

We’re committed to connecting our volunteers, with the information you need to support your dedication to, and efforts on behalf of, the Ice Age Trail.

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The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is built, supported, and maintained by the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) and hundreds of passionate volunteers, like you! Each year volunteers donate thousands of hours of time to care for the Trail, lead hikes and field trips, and connect with communities near the Trail.

If you’re joining us for the first time at an event and you are not an Ice Age Trail Alliance member, please fill out the fillable Volunteer Services Agreement Form and email it (along with any questions) to Dan Watson, ([email protected]).

Please read and familiarize yourself with these three documents:

Download one of these Volunteer Individual Hours Logs in Word or Excel.

Record your volunteer activity and the time you spent. Once the form is filled out, at the end of each quarter (i.e. end of June, Sept, Dec, March), you can send the form to your chapter’s leadership. Connect with your chapter leadership to learn to whom you should send your completed log.

You can also send your form directly to the IATA headquarters:
Ice Age Trail Alliance
C/O Eric Sherman
PO Box 128
2110 Main Street
Cross Plains, WI  53528

Attn: Volunteer Hours

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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 Trail, too.
Where else can you rejuvenate your soul and renew your energy?

You’ve been gone too long.
The Trail needs you and you need the Trail – it’s time to get back.

Join us: Create. Support. Protect. Work. Play. Reconnect.

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Welcome to chapter leadership! We aim to provide you with the resources you’ll need to efficiently and effectively run your chapter.

Download the Quarterly Chapter Volunteer Hours Report in Word or Excel

Download the Individual Hours Log in Word or Excel

The Annual Conference & Membership Meeting is a great way to bring everyone together under the Ice Age Trail Alliance umbrella for four days of laughs and learning. Join us!

2020 Annual Conference (cancelled due to the pandemic).

Each year we celebrate all the time, energy, and effort our volunteers put into making our organization what it is.

Visit the Awards page to see lists of current and past winners of our most prestigious awards!

Visit the Award Nominations page for information on how to nominate a deserving volunteer in our midst!

Download the IATA Chapter Financial Reporting Guidelines [PDF]

Download the IATA Chapter Reporting Checklist [Word]

Download the IATA Chapter Monthly Financial Summary Template in Word or Excel

Download the IATA Chapter Annual Budget Template [MS Excel]

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As one of the world-renowned trailbuilding organizations, the craft of sustainable trail layout, design, and construction is at the forefront of our organizational efforts.

Visit our Mobile Skills Crew events page here.

See what’s on the Season at a Glance schedule here.

Key Documents to Help You Get Started:

National Park Service Volunteers In Park (VIP) Resources Include:

  • Volunteer Safety Handbook includes important information about safety, the safe use of tools and equipment, and injury reporting instructions.
  • NPS Occupational Safety and Health Plan is a required document for all National Park sites.
  • 301A Volunteer Agreement Form is for use by Chapter Leaders to sign up individuals and groups as official NPS VIP’s if they are not already listed on a group form with the Chapter.
  • 301B Volunteer Group Roster should be used in conjunction with Form 301A when registering groups.
  • Job Description Library is provided for Chapter Leaders to print out and attach it to the 301A Agreement Form. This will reduce the time it takes to generate the final Agreement Form.
  • Job Hazard Analysis provides volunteers with an important list of potential hazards and safety procedures related to their assigned tasks.
  • Tailgate Safety Series includes these topics: Chainsaws, Driving, General Hiking, HAZMA Encounters, Heat Disorders, Hike Leader, Hydration, Hypothermia, Insects/Snakes/Animals, Lyme Disease, Thunderstorms, Violent Encounters

Learn more about how to provide quality project support:

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Mammoth Steps, National Trails Day, SReconnectThe 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 Trail, too.
Where else can you rejuvenate your soul and renew your energy?

You’ve been gone too long.
The Trail needs you and you need the Trail – it’s time to get back.

Join us: Create. Support. Protect. Work. Play. Reconnect.

Download a document [PDF] written by volunteer Ed Spoon on working with Boy Scouts seeking an opportunity to perform an Eagle Scout leadership service project to benefit the Ice Age Trail.

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We strive to create a safe working environment for our volunteers by providing quality trainings and useful resource materials.

COVID-19 still presents concerns as we return to our tasks on the Trail, but with proper education and risk mitigation, safe volunteer operations are possible.

Please familiarize yourself with the content of these three documents:

Download the IATA’s First Aid Kit Inventory [PDF].

“Lessons Learned” is a proven method of sharing important safety messages. Based upon real-life incidents, Lessons Learned examines root causes of why an accident or injury happened, and identifies corrective actions or mitigation to reduce the chance of future accidents.

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TRAIL SAFE! is a unique safety training program designed specifically for National Park Service (NPS) Trail Volunteers, but is useful to everyone!

Watch the Trail Safe video series here.

Lesson include the following topics:

Trail Safe Lesson 1 – Introduction
Trail Safe Lesson 2 – Effective Leadership
Trail Safe Lesson 3 – Error & Accident Causation
Trail Safe Lesson 4 – Mission Analysis
Trails Safe Lesson 5 – Stress & Performance
Trails Safe Lesson 5 – Stress & Performance
Trail Safe Lesson 6 – Situational Awareness
Trail Safe Lesson 7 – Decision Making

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The Ice Age Trail is not yet complete. One step in completing the Trail, and one of our goals, is permanently protecting the land which hosts the Trail.

Learn more about our land protection efforts here.

Permanent protection of the Ice Age Trail also involves the responsible management of land that we own or on which we hold easements.

Learn more about our land management practices here.

Information about how the IATA marks property boundaries can be found here [PDF].

 

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There are many ways to connect with future Ice Age Trail enthusiasts, everything from staffing expo booths to leading guided hikes. Once the connection is made, your enthusiasm is the conduit to a captivating experience and the Ice Age National Scenic Trail simply speaks for itself.

Additional resources coming soon!

Explore these games and activities that help get and keep kids engaged while out for a hike.

Additional resources coming soon!

Additional resources coming soon!

The Ice Age Trail Community program is a symbiotic relationship between the Ice Age Trail Alliance and local Wisconsin communities. It aims to enhance awareness of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, improve the quality of life for residents and visitors, and promote the natural and cultural heritage of Wisconsin along the Ice Age Trail. Our Trail Communities are hiker destinations for Trail enthusiasts. Make plans to visit these communities and show your support for local businesses, partners, and organizations.

View an interactive map of our Ice Age Trail Communities.

Additional resources coming soon!

Learn more about our awarding Youth and Education program, Saunters and our NPS supported initiative, Think Outside

View an interactive summary of our 2019 successes here.

Download a document [PDF] written by volunteer Ed Spoon on working with Boy Scouts seeking an opportunity to perform an Eagle Scout leadership service project to benefit the Ice Age Trail.

Connect with IATA Staff

Please call us at the main IATA phone number: 608-798-4453.

We’ll happily direct your call to the appropriate person. However, you may also connect directly with a specific individual, simply dial their extension when prompted (see list below). Sending us an email is great, too!

For a detailed description of what everyone does, go here.

Mike Wollmer, Executive Director, [email protected], ext. 222

Eva Ballering, Land Steward, [email protected], ext. 242

Dave Caliebe, Trail Program Specialist, [email protected], ext. 227

Brad Crary, Special Projects Coordinator, [email protected], ext.225

Joanne Ellarson, Administrative Assistant, [email protected], ext. 229

Luke Kloberdanz, Director of Philanthropy, [email protected], ext. 226

Amy Lord, Outreach & Education Manager, [email protected], ext. 233

Tim Malzhan, Trailway Director, [email protected], ext. 223

Elena Mederas, Communications Support Specialist, [email protected], ext. TBD.

Eric Sherman, Membership and Grants Coordinator, [email protected], ext. 230

Tiffany Stram, GIS and Technology Specialist, [email protected], ext. 231

Kevin Thusius, Director of Land Conservation, [email protected], ext. 224

Lysianne Unruh, Communications Manager, [email protected], ext. 228