Without volunteers, the Ice Age Trail would be little more than a line on a map. Hundreds of passionate individuals contribute tens of thousands of hours each year to create new segments of the Trail and care for existing ones.

Did you know? The Ice Age Trail is built and maintained largely by volunteers. For FY 2018, we documented 2620 volunteers contributing 81,999 volunteer hours. That’s the equivalent to the work of 41 full-time employees and the 6th straight year we exceeded 70,000 hours.

Volunteers also lead hikes and field trips, hold monthly meetings, restore and manage prairies and savannas, handle local community relations, monitor easements, remove invasive exotic plants, create and post signs and perform other important work along the Trail.

Never volunteered with us before?

Welcome! The pages below describe many of the opportunities available to get involved. Browse through them to find something that fits your skills and interests. The National Park Service’s Volunteers In Parks page also has useful information for new volunteers.

If you’re planning to volunteer for the first time at an event and you are not an Ice Age Trail Alliance member, please fill out the Volunteer Services Agreement Form [PDF] and bring it with you to the event.

If you have any questions, give our office a call at (800) 227-0046 or email us at info@iceagetrail.org.

Volunteer Chapters

Our 21 volunteer chapters cover the length of the Trail. Find your local group and learn how you can get involved.

Mobile Skills Crew Program

Volunteers tell us that helping to build and improve the Ice Age Trail across the state creates one of the strongest bonds with the Trail, with Wisconsin, and with a community of trail builders. We’d love to have you join us.

Volunteer Learning

Training volunteers to work effectively and safely on behalf of the Trail is one of our highest priorities.

Resources for Volunteer Leaders

A one-stop shop for board members, chapter officers and other volunteer leaders.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Tools for supporting the Ice Age Trail come in many forms. If working in the dirt isn’t your thing, plenty of other opportunities await.


Learn how you can recognize your fellow volunteers for their commitment to the Ice Age Trail.