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Ice Age Trail Alliance


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Ice Age National Scenic trail route through
the state of Wisconsin

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a volunteer- and member-based non-profit organization that protects, promotes, builds, and maintains the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, a thousand mile footpath featuring Wisconsin glaciation. Ice Age Trail Alliance staff and volunteers work cooperatively with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, National Park Service, local governments, businesses and private landowners to shape the Ice Age Trail into one of the premier hiking trails in the United States. The organization is made up of 21 statewide chapters— each coordinated by volunteers. There are thousands of members and active volunteers coordinated by only a handful of staff members.

Types of training, courses, or workshops

The IATA’s signature program is the Mobile Skills Crew, a group of highly trained volunteers whose mission is to educate and empower other volunteers in building a premiere footpath. IATA host roughly six projects a year which are 4-6 days in length. During these projects volunteers build premiere hiking trail, structures (bridges, retaining walls, etc.), and eradicate invasive species. Support volunteers cook meals, assemble lunches for the field and greet new volunteers. The MSC has a leadership development course for volunteers who would like to lead work crews during these projects. This is called IAT-U or Ice Age Trail University. Chapters also hold work days, hold stewardship activities, and lead organized hikes throughout the year.

Publications and resources

Featured publications (click on titles to download):

Trail Signage Notebook (pdf 1.5 mb)

Trail Stewardship Notebook (pdf 1.9 mb)

Trail Structures Notebook (pdf 3.3 mb)

Other resources include Ice Age Trail Companion Guide and Ice Age Trail Atlas.

Available online from the National Park Service is A Handbook for Trail Design, Construction and Maintenance - Ice Age National Scenic Trail:


Ice Age Trail Alliance
Program Contact: Tim Malzhan - Email:
Publications Coordinator: Laura Stoesz - Email:
2110 Main St., Cross Plains, WI 53528
Phone: 608-798-4453 - Fax: 608-798-4460
Website address:


The National Trails Training Partnership

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The National Trails Training Partnership is an alliance of Federal agencies, training providers, nationwide supporters, and providers of products and services. Visit the online calendar of training opportunities, access hundreds of trail-related resources, read the news, learn how you can help, and see training resources in your state.

This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under Cooperative Agreement DTFH61-06-H-00023. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.



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