The Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter was established in 1984 and currently has approximately 1000 members. We are responsible for maintaining the 44.7 miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Waukesha County.
Volunteer With Us
Please send us an email if you are interested in helping with any of the opportunities listed below.
We are recruiting people who would like to join our mowing crew. We can really use help with mowing! There is close to 25 miles of trail that need to be mowed during the spring, summer and fall months. We supply the equipment including a trailer, but a vehicle with a hitch is needed. New crew members need to be trained in all safety procedures to use the equipment. Mowing crew members must wear ear and eye protection, gloves, long pants and leather boots. Trail mowing is one of the most rewarding volunteer jobs on the trail. However, it is not for everyone, as you should be comfortable with power equipment and be able to put in some long days of walking. E-mail the trail coordinator, Dave Van Thiel, or call 262-367-0185 if you want to be part of this amazing crew.
Adopt-a-Trail volunteers play a key role in maintaining the beauty and ease of use of the 9 segments of the Ice Age Trail that pass through Waukesha County. Volunteers contribute to the enjoyability of hiking on the trail by clearing brush and trash and reporting any trail issues, such as vandalism or downed trees. Go to our Adopt-a-trail Program page to learn more about volunteer opportunities that involve segment maintenance on the Ice Age Trail in Waukesha County. E-mail Pat Witkowski or call 262-490-3515 to let her know if you are interested.
Hike Coordinators and Leaders
We can always use people who are willing to coordinate and lead hikes. We have seen a steady increase in the number of hiking participants recently, and we are looking for help with organizing hikes, educating people on plant life and geological formations along the Trail, and answering questions that may arise. Two of our most popular hikes, the First Day Hike, on January 1st of every year, and the National Trails Day Hike, which always takes place on the first Saturday in June, are in need of coordinators. If you enjoy exploring the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest area and sharing your knowledge of the great outdoors, please consider becoming a volunteer hike leader. Training will be provided. Please contact John if you would like to coordinate or lead hikes.
Other opportunities for volunteering on the trail involve maintaining signage, removal of non-native and invasive plants and Trail Improvement Days. Trail signs need to be updated continuously due to weathering. Signage volunteers work with a crew and are provided with tools and training. Depending on the time of year, we also have crews that focus on the removal of invasive species in Wisconsin, such as Garlic Mustard, Black Locust, Buckthorn, and Honeysuckle. Trail Improvement Days are regularly sponsored by the Chapter and engage volunteers in trail building and rebuilding and the removal of non-native and invasive species. All opportunities are great ways to get some exercise, meet others and contribute to the maintenance of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. E-mail Pat Witkowski or call 262-490-3515 to let her know if you are interested in any of these opportunities. Pat is also working with local school and other community groups on an individual basis. If you know of an organization that is interested in participating in land stewardship projects, please contact Pat.
Greeters at Meetings
Greeters are a vital part to making people feel welcome at our chapter meetings. They are asked to arrive about 30 minutes before the meeting to hand out name tags, ask people to sign in, and answer any questions newcomers may have. This has been very successful and we are always looking for new faces at the door. Please contact John if you would like to be a Greeter.
Outreach Event Participants
Outreach events are a great opportunity to spread the word about the Ice Age Trail. If you enjoy meeting people in public and talking about hiking, volunteer opportunities, and the benefits of becoming a member of the Alliance, this may be a perfect match for you. We are looking for people who can hand out informational materials. Outreach events can be any day of the week, are usually in the middle of the day. The setup is fairly simple, so this is something to consider if you are retired and looking for a fun way to meet people in the community. If you are interested in helping out with Outreach Events, contact John.
Reporting Your Volunteer Hours
Volunteers should always track their hours for quarterly reporting. Download the individual volunteers hours log [MS Word].
2020 “In the Mud” Award Winners
Each year we vote on one or two individuals who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to support and protect the Ice Age Trail. We are pleased to announce the recipients of the prestigious “In the Mud” Award for 2020 are Jeff Saatkamp and Sandy Street.
Walk the Wauk Hiking Award Program
Our Walk the Wauk program rewards hikers who have walked all Ice Age Trail segments in the Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter’s territory. Download the Walk the Wauk program brochure [PDF] to learn how you can join the ranks of “Walk the Waukers.” Once you have completed the program, you will receive a Walk the Wauk patch, an Ice Age Trail Alliance sticker, and a certificate. Please send us an email if you or your family would like to be highlighted for completing the Walk the Wauk program.
The Chapter meets the 3rd Thursday of each month (except July and December) at 7:00 p.m. Our agenda frequently includes expert speakers and always allows the opportunity for discussion of news and concerns beyond scheduled reports.
We welcome the opportunity to bring our volunteers and promotional materials to any outreach event that is environmentally or community focused. Please contact us if you have an event you would like us to participate in.
- General chapter email
- Chapter Communication Coordinator – John
- Volunteer Hours Coordinator – Sandy
- Public Outreach Coordinators – Bob and Ann
- Treasurer – Russ
- Tyke Hike Coordinator – Peter
- Trail Coordinator – Pat or 262-490-3515
- Thru-Hiker Liaisons – Jeanne & Dave
- Secretary – Sandy and Jess
- Membership Coordinator – Jess
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