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events Rock County Chapter

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Meetings

Mon, Mar 28, Apr 25 and May 23, 6:30pm Join in the fun and learn what the Rock County Chapter is up to at our monthly chapter meeting. Everyone is welcome. We meet the fourth Monday of each month at the United Way Building, 205 N. Main St. in Janesville.

Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter 18 Meetings

Tue, Mar 15, Apr 19 and May 17, 7pm Monthly Chapter Meetings. Join us to learn what’s new on the Ice Age Trail in the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter’s territory. Meet at US Bank in Elkhorn.

Hikes

Every Tue, 4pm, and Wed, 10:30am Meet for weekly walks at the Hwy 12 Ice Age National Trail crossing one quarter mile east of the Hwy 12/ Sweno Rd. intersection 4 miles east of Whitewater. Hike trails in the beautiful Southern Kettle Moraine area. Contact Russ Helwig (262-473-2187) for details. Sun, Mar 20, 1pm Spring Flower Hike with Russ. We hope to see some early spring flowers as we hike a loop from the Emma Carlin Trails parking lot on Hwy Z a little east of Palmyra. Russ Helwig, 262-473-2187, will lead us past Stute Springs, the Big Hill at McMiller, the overlook at shelter #2, and KMSF-SU headquarters.

Gatherings

Sat, Apr 2, noon Trail Adopters Meeting & Potluck. Our trail adopters will meet at the Nordic Trails Shelter building on Hwy H about two miles north of Hwy 12. The potluck lunch will be followed by a session devoted to sharing ideas on best tools, updates on mower and trimmer use, fine tuning the reporting process, and more. Gary Patzke, 262-763-6275, is the contact. Sat, Apr 23, 10:30am Learn about gear and techniques to make bringing your 0- to 4-year-olds along hiking. Rita Fox has brought her grandson along on many of Russ’s hikes in all weather and will share what she has learned. Join Rita at the Nordic Trails Shelter on Hwy H about two miles north of La Grange (Hwy 12). A short hike and lunch at the La Grange Store Deli will follow. Meg McCormick, 262-642-3956 is the contact.

Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter 19 Meetings

Thu, Mar 17, 6pm Potluck dinner. 7pm Annual meeting and election of officers. Meet at the Homestead Hollow/Trecker Lodge at Lapham Peak State Park off of Hwy C and south of I-94 in Delafield. Contact Kris at krjonorthlk@yahoo.com or 262-966-9788 for more info. Thu, Apr 21 and May 19, 7pm Monthly meetings. We will be meeting at Lapham Peak State Park just south of Delafield on Hwy C, in the

Homestead Hollow/Trecker Lodge. Our agenda always allows the opportunity for discussion of news and concerns beyond scheduled topics. These meetings are a great way to connect with your fellow Ice Age Trail enthusiasts.

Hikes

Sat, Mar 26, 9:30am We invite you to walk the Stony Ridge segment with us. It includes pine plantations and prairie segments, and we may see patches of native prickly pear. Meet at the intersection of County S and Hwy 59, 1.6 miles west of Eagle. We will pass the forest headquarters and see a backpack campsite with a great view. We will finish at County Z for a distance of 3.2 miles. Free return shuttles provided. For more information contact Frank at 414-351-9129 or Russ at 262-968-4489. Sat, Apr 2; Sun, Apr 17; Sat, May 14 and Sun, May 22, 9am Short or long hikes. We’ll decide when we get there. Led by Russ Evans (262-968-4489). April 2nd, meet at the Funk Rd. parking lot east of Hwy E in the Town of Merton. April 17th, meet at the Centennial Park lot south of Hwy K and east of Hwy E. May 14th, meet at the Evergreen parking lot in Lapham Peak State Park off Hwy C south of I-94. May 22nd, meet at the Waterville Rd trailhead 1-1/2 miles south of Hwy 18 on Waterville Rd. Sat, Apr 30, 9:30am See both the Oconomowoc and Bark Rivers as we explore the beautiful Monches segment. Meet at the trailhead near the intersection of County Line Road (Cty Q), and Cty K and E. This is in the Monches area and is about 11 miles west of Hwy 41. Two distances are available: 3.1 miles to the Funk Road parking lot and 6.0 to Hartling Road. Free return shuttles will be available. For more information, contact Frank at 414-351-9129 or Russ at 262-968-4489.

Workdays

Sat, Apr 16 and May 21 Workdays. Locations to be determined. Watch the website for details. Contact Pat at gwit@charter.net or 262-490-3515 for more info.

Trainings

Sat, Mar 12, 9am Segment Leader training and equipment check out. Meet at the storage shed at Lapham Peak State Park south of I-94 and west of Hwy C. Snacks will be provided. Contact Pat at gwit@charter.net or 262-490-3515 for more info.

Outreach

Sat, March 19, 10am-3pm Lake Country Community Fest at Arrowhead High School in Hartland. Nearly 100 business and community organizations will be represented. Food, information and other activities will be available. Stop in at the IATA booth.

Washington/Ozaukee Chapter

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Kevin Thusius will also attend to discuss the IATA’s new pesticide policy. We will meet at the 1st National Bank of Hartford, Slinger Branch on Washington Street. Before the meeting, at 6pm, Kevin will meet with the segment leaders to discuss handshake agreements with our local landowners. Tue, Apr 5, 7pm Monthly chapter meeting. Our Spring meetings return to the Monastery at Holy Hill. We will be gearing up for the multiple trail projects scheduled for 2011 and planning our National Trails Day event. Tue, May 3, 7pm Monthly chapter meeting at Holy Hill Monastery. Final touches on our National Trails Day plans and the beginning of trail building season will be this month’s meeting topics.

Hikes

Sat, March 26, 9am West Bend South Hike – an Early Spring Warm Up. Time to put away the snow shovels and head out on the trail to stretch out your hiking legs on this wonderfully hilly section of trail. Hike 4.6 miles one way or 9.2 miles round trip. Meet at the Culver’s parking lot on Hwy 33 in West Bend. Car pool to the IAT parking lot at Paradise Drive then hike back to the restaurant for ice cream. Hike is rated moderate due to hills and distance. Trail may have mud and/ or snow so plan accordingly. Sat, Apr 16, 9am Holy Hill South Hike. Enjoy a spring hike on this popular segment while spending time on trail that underwent a significant rehab project in 2010. Come see how things turned out. Hike 3.4 miles one way including a short stretch of new trail. Other spur trail options of various distances available lead to additional scenic views of Holy Hill. Meet at the DNR’s Shannon Road parking lot, 1/2 mile east of Hwy K. Car pool to Donegal Road and hike back to the parking area. We’ll definitely take the spur trail to the Erratic Hill viewpoint for views of a huge erratic and Hartford. Hike is rated moderate due to several hills. No State Park sticker is required. Sun, May 15, 7:30pm Loew Lake Moonlight Hike. This hike offers both dense, dark woods and open, moonlit fields. A great mix back and forth of both experiences as we hike along through the gathering darkness. Hike 4.4 miles on the Loew Lake Segment of the Ice Age Trail. Meet at the DNR’s Emerald Drive parking lot in the Loew Lake unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Car pool to Hwy Q & K in Monches and then hike back to the Emerald Drive parking lot. Hike is rated moderate due to hills and distance. Hike also contains two short road walks on Emerald Drive, a state Rustic Road. No State Park sticker is required. Bring along a flashlight as the woods get dark when the sun goes down and the moon comes up.

Meetings

Tue, Mar 1 7pm Monthly chapter meeting. Lee Krueger will be our guest speaker to discuss invasive species removal in our county. Come learn how to identify and properly remove these nasty invaders. IATA Director of Land Conservation MAMMOTH TALES | Spring 2011 | www.iceagetrail.org

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