Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter
The Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter was established in
1984 and currently has more than 460 members. We are
responsible for maintaining 45.8 miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail between Monches (on the border of Washington County) and the Town of Eagle (on the border of Jefferson County). The Chapter regularly sponsors Ice Age Trail workdays and hikes which are listed below.
The Chapter meets the third Thursday of each month (except July and December) at 7:00 pm at the Homestead Hollow Trecker Lodge facility of the Lapham Peak Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest (driving directions). Occasionally, we will meet at a different location, so be sure to check the Chapter's calendar for location information. Our agenda always allows the opportunity for discussion of news and concerns beyond scheduled reports, and occasionally we have speakers with informative and entertaining programs at the meetings.
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2014 "In the Mud" Award Winners
Each year the Chapter votes on one or two individuals who have gone above and beyond the "call of duty" when it comes to the volunteer work they did throughout the year. This year, we are pleased to announce that Chris Miller and Jane Wester are the recipients of the prestigious "In the Mud" Award for their commitments to support and protect the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
"Walk the Wauk" Program
The Chapter's Walk the Wauk program rewards hikers who have walked all Ice Age Trail segments in the Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter's territory. Download the program brochure to learn how you can join the ranks of "Walk the Waukers". Once you have completed the program, you will receive Ice Age Trail Alliance and Walk the Wauk patches, as well as an Ice Age National Scenic Trail sticker and certificate. If you or your family would like to be highlighted for your accomplishment of completing the Walk the Wauk program, please contact us.
For additional photos of each segment, click on the links below.
Don't forget to stop at the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters near Eagle. They have a wonderful nature center that features a museum, auditorium, and gift shop.
Ice Age National Scenic Trail Displays
The Hausmann Nature Center, located in the Lapham Peak Unit of the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest, opened to the public in June, 2012. The nature center is closed at this time, but will be reopening again in May. Anyone interested in volunteering at the Hausmann Nature Center can contact Louise at 262-646-8583.
Our Chapter was invited by the Friends of Lapham Peak, to have an interpretive display that would educate the nature center visitors about the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Seven miles of the Trail traverses through the park, and there are currently four ColdCache features located there. After many months of research and fundraising, the display is now complete and is located along the west wall on the second floor. It includes a wall map of Wisconsin explaining the glacial lobes and route of the IANST, a cabinet that holds a digital photo frame, atlas, and companion guide, brochure holder with informational material, and various text boxes. Check it out the next time you are visiting Delafield. Here are a few photos.
Be sure to visit our friends at Clear Water Outdoor the next time you're in Delafield. While you're there purchasing your next pair of snowshoes or hiking boots, check out our display.
We are planning on putting more displays up at various locations in Waukesha County. If you would like to donate to our "display" fund, please contact Russ.
TRAIL MONITORS - The Waukesha/Milwaukee 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 a problem to report, please contact Pat. You can also fill out a Trail Report, and if you have questions about what to watch for, we have a guide to assist you. To learn how you can get involved, please visit our Adopt-a-Trail Program page.
MOWERS - The brush mowers have been stored for the Winter months, but will be returning again next Spring. With close to 25 miles of Trail that needs to be mowed several times during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months, we can always use some extra hands to help with the mowing duties. We supply the equipment, including the trailer, but a vehicle with a hitch is necessary. If you think you may enjoy running a brush mower and have a few hours to spare, please consider this volunteer opportunity. The time commitment depends on the weather, and how much rainfall we experience. This has been an exceptionally wet season so far, so we could use your help even more! Training is provided, and we recommend going out with a partner for safety reasons. Plus, it's a lot more fun with someone to share the work with.
HIKE COORDINATORS AND LEADERS - We are in need of people who are willing to coordinate and lead hikes. We have seen a steady increase in the number of hiking participants recently. That means we could use help with organizing hikes, educating people on plantlife and geological formations along the Trail, and answering questions that may arise. Training will be provided. If you enjoy exploring the Southern Kettle Moraine area and sharing your knowledge of the great outdoors with others, please consider becoming a volunteer hike leader.
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 nametags, 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.
Thursday, March 20th, 6:00 pm - Please join us at the Homestead Hollow Trecker Lodge located in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit in Delafield. We will be meeting an hour earlier than usual, for a potluck. This is our annual meeting, so the agenda will include a brief update from the Alliance's Executive Director, Mike Wollmer, voting for Chapter officers, and some important discussions about upcoming events that need planning and volunteers. The meeting will wrap up with snacks and beverages, allowing time to socialize with other outdoor enthusiasts. Check out our Chapter events calendar for more information.
NOTE: Donated items for the IATA's Annual Conference's silent auction can be brought to this meeting, and we will be sure to get them to the conference next month.
Saturday, March 22nd, 10:00 am - We will be leading a hike from the Ice Age Trail Emma Carlin trailhead on the border of Jefferson County. The hike will be approximately 4-5 miles in length and will be out and back. Click here for a map of the area to see points of interest that you may want to explore before or after the hike. There is more information on our Chapter events calendar, so be sure to check it out!
Saturday, April 5th, 9:30 am - We will be hiking for a total of 4 miles in the Lapham Peak area. Please meet at the Lapham Peak tower parking lot at the end of the entrance road. From there, we will head southeast toward Hwy 18 and then hook up with the Glacial Drumlin Trail to the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Field Station. There is a beautiful restored prairie in this location, so we will take some time to enjoy the surroundings. This can be difficult terrain to walk on. It is not recommended for small children. There is more information on our Chapter events calendar, so be sure to check it out!
Saturday, April 19th, 9:30 am - Please join us at the Emma Carlin Trail parking lot. From there, we will hike east through open country with wetlands and prairies, then through woods that go past the short trail to the Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters. We will continue to Cty N for a total distance of 4 1/2 miles. A return shuttle will be provided. There is more information on our Chapter events calendar, so be sure to check it out!
Sunday, May 4th, 9:30 am - Monches is one of our most popular segments of the Ice Age Trail that traverses through Waukesha County. Meet at the parking area on the border of Washington and Waukesha Counties where Cty E and Cty Q intersect. You will have to park on the shoulder, so be sure to watch the signs for parking restrictions. The hike will be approximately four miles in length and will conclude at E. Kilbourne Road where a return shuttle will be provided. Additional information is available on our Chapter events calendar, so be sure to check it out!
Sunday, May 18th, 9:30 am - Meet at the Village of Hartland parking lot off Hwy K and the Bark River on the north side of Hartland. We will follow the Ice Age Trail south along the Bark River through Hartland and several parks, then go around the Hartland Marsh loop off Cottonwood Ave. Hiking options will be available. A return shuttle will be provided. Additional information is available on our Chapter events calendar, so be sure to check it out!
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. Leashes can not exceed 8 feet in length, or 6 feet on Waukesha County property year-round. Click herefor leash regulations. Here are more from the Ice Age Trail Alliance to follow during hunting season.
Saturday, March 29th, 11:00 am - Pat will provide an overview of trail maintenance, responsibilities of Segment Leaders, and assign segments. The training will be followed by an appreciation lunch at the Hausmann Nature Center in Lapham Peak. This event is not open to the public, but to current and future Segment Leaders. Please check our Chapter event calendar for more details. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Segment Leader, please contact Pat. A Wisconsin state park sticker is required.
Saturday, April 5th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - We will be working on the Scuppernong Segment to spruce it up a bit. This will possibly be changing, depending upon the weather, so be sure to check back regularly. Please also see our Chapter events calendar for more details.
Saturday, May 3rd, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - A lot of prep work is required before taking on a large workday like the one we have coming up on May 31st. We will be doing just that, and this would be a great opportunity for any newcomers to get their feet wet. Lapham Peak is one of the most visited natural areas in Wisconsin, so we are going to concentrate on improving the hiking experience for our visitors. Consider joining us and becoming a part of history. Please check our Chapter events calendar for more details.
Saturday, May 31st, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - We are going to be working on a 1500 foot reroute that will involve the construction of new trail beginning at the Backpack Campsite just west of the tower in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit. REI will be co-sponsoring this event and we will be recruiting volunteers from the region, as this project will require expertise from specially trained crew leaders and trail builders. Beginner trail builders are welcome, although children and pets are discouraged from attending this event. All training and tools will be provided. More info will be available as the date nears.
Thursday, April 17th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - We will have a booth at Waukesha County Technical College's Health Fair. Please visit us and pick up some informational materials on the Ice Age Trail. Don't forget to check out the volunteer opportunities we have available both on the local and statewide levels. We will be located in the Richard T. Anderson Education Center. Hope to see you there!
Friday, April 18th, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm - The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum welcomes back their award-winning educational traveling exhibit, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, through May 4th. Developed in partnership with the US Forest Service, the exhibit encourages families to spend time together outdoors and inspires children to discover and care for the natural resources that sustain our world – our home sweet home. Along with other vendors, we will have a display and volunteers available for visitors to ask questions and pick up informational materials.
Saturday, April 26th, 8:30 am - 11:30 am - Join the School District of Waukesha, Waukesha Education Foundation, and the City of Waukesha as they host their 4th Annual 5K run/3K walk and 1 Mile Youth Run at Waukesha North High School. BACK THIS YEAR...Zumba for a cause! Our Chapter will have a booth with informational materials and an opportunity to sign up for volunteer opportunities. Stop over and say "Hi" to us. Click here for a flyer and visit our events calendar for more info.
- Chapter Communication Coordinator - Kris
- Volunteer Coordinator - Yvonne
- Public Outreach Coordinator - Jane
- Treasurer & Hike Coordinator - Russ
- Hike Coordinator - Becky
- Trail Coordinator & Thru-Hiker Liaison - Pat (262-490-3515)
- Secretary - Kevin
- Membership Coordinator - Judy
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