Ice Age Trail Volunteers Gain New Skills

by Free Speech on July 7, 2015

Lodi, WI~

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Ice Age Trail Volunteers Gain New Skills

Lodi, Wis. —The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is designed and built to meet the highest standards in trail construction. Rising to the challenge takes knowledge, skills and pure grit. From July 22–26 volunteers from far and wide will gather at Gibraltar Rock to improve their trail craft during Ice Age Trail University. 

“The Ice Age Trail is a world-class outdoor venue for exploration, personal growth and community building,” said Ice Age Trail Alliance Outreach and Education Manager Luke Kloberdanz. “Maintaining this quality requires a skilled volunteer force. One of the best ways for both new and seasoned volunteers to pick up new talents is to attend Ice Age Trail University, where volunteers learn from one another and from professionals representing a range of outdoor fields.”

During the event, volunteers will delve into concepts surrounding stonework, ecological management, working with youth, chainsaw safety, first aid and more.  No previous experience is necessary to attend, and there is a course for all ages and abilities.

“This year’s course lineup reflects the longstanding ideal that we have a job for everyone on the Ice Age Trail,” Kloberdanz said.

Volunteers will gather Wednesday through Sunday on the Gibraltar Segment of the Ice Age Trail near Lodi. Courses will be in the field and provide hands-on learning in one of the most beautiful classrooms anywhere.

The Towns of West Point and Lodi are allowing use of their town halls and Okee School House as classroom space, and thanks to financial support from the National Environmental Education Foundation and Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., the Alliance will provide food, tools, and campsites free to all who volunteer.

See a schedule and descriptions of courses and register online at www.iceagetrail.org/event/ice-age-trail-university.

The Ice Age Trail, one of only eleven National Scenic Trails, is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting Wisconsin’s world-renowned Ice Age heritage and natural resources. The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a nonprofit organization established in 1958 that works to create, support and protect the Ice Age Trail. This event, hosted by the IATA’s Lodi Valley Chapter, is part of the IATA’s Mobile Skills Crew program. At MSC events, volunteers certified in crew leadership teach their fellow volunteers advanced trail construction and maintenance techniques with shared goals of working safely, having fun and building a premier hiking trail. Visit iceagetrail.org for more information.

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Luke Kloberdanz

Outreach & Education Manager

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