Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter
Local volunteers developed the first Washington County segment of the Ice Age Trail ten years prior to the Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter's formation in 1987. The Chapter is responsible for permanently preserving and protecting the 45-mile long Ice Age Trail corridor that traverses through Washington County. The volunteers also build and maintain off- road sections between New Fane (on the border of Fond du Lac County) and Monches (on the border of Waukesha County). The Chapter regularly sponsors Ice Age Trail meetings, hikes, and workdays, which are listed below.
Most of the time we meet on the first Tuesday of the month, with January, July and December being the exceptions. In order to accommodate our members from all parts of the county, we change locations for the meetings, so be sure to check our events calendar for more details.
We kick off every new year with our annual meeting in January. This is a great opportunity to see featured guest speakers and enjoy a potluck lunch, which is usually a chili dump. Our speakers are typically either Thousand-Milers, who have completed the entire Ice Age National Scenic Trail, or people who share similar hiking related presentations with the public.
Tuesday, May 6th, 7:00 pm - National Trails Day is one of our biggest
events of the year, and we will be wrapping up our plans for the big
day on June 7th. The beginning of the trail building season will be part of this
month's topics as well. Lots of planning and lots of fun in store for
everyone! More information can be found on our events calendar. This is open to the public, so please join us, and bring a friend!
Hikes are one of our favorite events we sponsor. Some of them include a Candlelight Hike/Ski at Pike Lake in February, a National Trails Day hike in June, and a Fall Colors Hike in October. Other guided hikes on every trail segment are offered from March through November highlighted by two moonlight hikes each year. Click
Monday, May 12th, 6:30 pm - Please join us as we explore the Polk Kames segment in Slinger. You will want to bring a flashlight for this moonlight hike, which is always a popular event for us. This hike will go through both dense, dark wooded areas, as
well as open, moonlit fields. Be sure to bring a camera for this one! For more information on this event and others, please visit our Chapter events calendar. Hope to see you there, and be sure to bring a friend!
Launched in late 2011, our "Meander the Mid-Moraine" hiking program challenges hikers to complete the entire 45 mile Ice Age Trail corridor through Washington County. Download theto learn how you can join the newly minted "Meanderers". Click for a list of past "Meanderers".
If you are out on the Trail during the fall and winter months, please use caution when you are in areas where hunting is allowed. Be sure to wear bright colors, and if you take your dog with you, he must be leashed and under the owner's control at all times. It is recommended that a bright colored scarf or other garment be placed on the dog as well. Click here for leash regulations. The Ice Age Trail Alliance also offers to follow during hunting season.
Click here for a "Workday Schedule" flyer to hang on your refrigerator.
Tuesday, April 29th, 5:00 pm - The Loew Lake segment requires some maintenance attention, so we will be heading out to reinstall posts, clear corridor, and build rock steps.
Wednesday, May 14th, 5:00 pm - We will be working on removing Garlic Mustard from the Holy Hill area. This is relatively easy work and good for people who wish to be land stewards and learn about invasive species. We will work for a few hours until it gets dark. Tools, garbage bags, and training are provided. Bring water, long pants, gloves, and work boots. Bug spray and sunscreen are also recommended.
For more information on our workdays, please check our Chapter events calendar.
SEGMENT LEADERS - The Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter relies very heavily on volunteers to maintain the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, and report any trail issues so they can be addressed quickly. Any signs of vandalism should especially be reported immediately, so we can increase our presence in any vulnerable areas. If you have an issue to report, please contact one of our segment leaders.
TRAILWAYS DIRECTOR - This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in organizing and leading workdays. All training is available regarding the proper use, storage, and safety of tools. We primarily use handtools such as loppers, mccleods, pick mattocks, hand saws, polaskis, and shovels. Mowers are required for grassy areas and chainsaw certification is a requirement for anyone wishing to work with a chainsaw on the Ice Age Trail. Safety gear is provided, with the exception of steel-toed boots. Please contact Craig if this is something that interests you.
HIKE LEADERS/COORDINATORS - We offer many hikes throughout the year, and so hike leaders and coordinators are always welcome to join our team. If you enjoy getting outdoors and going exploring, please contact Craig. We will provide any training necessary. It is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet others with similar interests.
You can stay up to date on all of the latest Chapter news by dowloading our annual newsletter, Glacial Drift.
Points of Interest
The Chapter promotes the Ice Age Trail by building relationships with diverse local organizations. Click here for a list of partners. If you are interested in becoming a partner of the Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, please contact us.
- Chapter Coordinator - Craig
- Vice Chapter Coordinator – Dan
- Secretary – Joe
- Treasurer – Bob
- Education Coordinator – Leah
- Equipment Coordinators – Lance & Judy
- Membership Coordinator – Rod
- Publicity Coordinator – Lisa
- Trailways Director - OPEN
- Webmaster – Jane
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