Dane County Chapter

Our chapter holds activities throughout the year. We maintain the Trail and surrounding landscapes, offer trail building outings and host hikes and interpretive walks.

Help Maintain a Section of the Ice Age Trail

Like the other National Scenic Trails, the Ice Age Trail is built and maintained by volunteers. We can use your help – for a morning, a few days a year, or on a more regular basis. Help at various locations or keep an eye on one or two particular miles of Trail. Cutting back berry canes is an ongoing need from May through October. Mowers go out once a month, generally near the 15th.

If you want to try out volunteering, see the online event calendar for our events and work day schedule. You can “Narrow Your Results” from the online calendar left-side menu (Event Category – Select – Dane County Chapter, then Submit), if you prefer.  We have several activities on most weekends. You can also contact our chapter coordinator to discuss other volunteer options.

During the months of March and April, fewer activities are scheduled because this is burn season for the chapter’s many acres of prairies. Training is required to participate in burns. One source of training is the Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council. The class volunteers should take is S130-S190, Basic Wildland Firefighter and Prescribed Fire Training.

If you are coming to a workday for the first time, read Helpful Information for Workday Volunteers [PDF] to know what to bring and what to expect.

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]).

Read more about ways to volunteer with our chapter!

Dane Drifter Hiking Award Program

Do you want to hike all of the Ice Age Trail in Dane County? Sign up to become a Dane Drifter! As a reward for completing all the county’s segments, you’ll receive a patch and recognition for your achievement. You can take as much time as you’d like to finish and enjoy the intrinsic rewards along the way.

Complete the registration form [PDF] and send in the small fee. The form includes additional details, as well as a log for recording your progress. You can contact Gary or Kristi at [email protected] for more information.

Ice Age Drift Newsletter

Check out the current issue of our chapter newsletter, the Ice Age Drift. 

Past Issues

Spring 2020[PDF]
Fall 2019 [PDF]
Spring 2019 [PDF]
Winter 2018 [PDF]
Fall 2017 [PDF]
Fall 2016 [PDF]
Winter 2016 [PDF]
Summer 2015 [PDF]
Winter 2015 [PDF]

Thousand-Miler WannaBes & Hikers’ Helpers

For those hiking through Dane and Green counties, contact Tess Mulrooney at [email protected] for “Trail Angel” assistance. Tess can also connect you with new hiking pals who are exploring the entire Ice Age Trail year-round, piecing together the dashed line one segment at a time.

Mower Sign-Out Pages

For trained volunteers only: before using, please sign out the Billy Goat mower, large DR mowers, or shoulder-mount brush cutters.

Contact Us

For more information on chapter activities and/or hiking the Ice Age Trail in this region, contact our volunteer chapter coordinator:

Bob Kaspar
3809 Anchor Drive
Madison, WI 53714
608 239-0168
[email protected]

Our other 2020 chapter officers are:

Co-coordinator:  Dave Lonsdorf, 608 212-1135, [email protected]
Secretary:  Megan Schliesman, 608 658-9451, [email protected]
Treasurer: James Luebke, 920 723-9591, [email protected]