The Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) is a volunteer- and member-based land trust whose mission is to create, support and protect a thousand-mile footpath tracing Ice Age formations across Wisconsin — the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Thanks to the IATA, over 165 students and staff members had the opportunity to participate in a service-learning event that focused on building a new portion of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, leading to the bluff of the iconic Gibraltar Rock.
Schools represented at the IATA event were: Gibraltar Charter School, Lodi Elementary and Ouisconsing School of Collaboration
Students used the tools of the trade as they handcrafted exemplary hiking trail and restored native landscapes.
School District of Lodi volunteers helped craft 347 feet of black locust retaining walls, 238 feet of rock walls, over 4000 feet of sustainable tread, 14 trail plumbing features, and cleared unwelcome prickly ash, sumac and honeysuckle.
Safety is always a top priority of the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Lodi students participated in up to two days of work without incident, staying true to priorities.
Participants worked hand-in-hand with volunteers from across the Upper Midwest, reaching across generations, social stratification, and schools for a common cause.
There was such excellent models of respect, patience, collaboration and work ethic exhibited by both staff and students, that the event was a complete success.
This was a great opportunity for a number of young Wisconsinites to create a relationship with the land as well, learn important lessons and perform an invaluable service for their own community.
We’re proud that Gathering Waters' support of Wisconsin’s land trusts helps make great ideas like this one, a reality.