Land Trust Hosted Events

VOTE DAILY until May 31st! The Trail With the Most VOTES Wins $5,000

You can help the Ice Age Trail Alliance win $5,000. Vote for your favorite trail (Hint: Ice Age Trail Alliance) once a day at through May 31st. (Each time you vote, you enter a chance to win a trip or Merrell MQM Hiking shoes.)
A three-month campaign, sponsored by Merrell, and promoted by GearJunkie (a website), will donate $5,000 to nonprofit organizations who build and maintain iconic hiking trails in the United States. Trail enthusiasts, like YOU, can VOTE up to once-a-day for their favorite trail. The trail with the most votes "wins" $5,000. Voting continues through May 31st.

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Spread the Word About the Ice Age Trail as a Food Tent Volunteer

Farm Technology Days, Food Tent, 9885 Co. Hwy. H, Marshfield, WI 54449
Do you enjoy a fun, fast-paced environment, grilling brats, and talking about the Ice Age Trail? Then volunteering as a food tent volunteer during Farm Technology Days is just the event for you! We need 40 volunteers each day July 10, 11, and 12. Duties include grill-masters, food prep, cash register operators, ‘runners’, greeters, and general cleanup. There's a job for everyone! This year, Farm Technology Days is at 9885 Co. Hwy. H, Marshfield, Wisconsin. Sign up, donate a few hours, and share your Ice Age Trail story. Register on the Ice Age Trail website. Click the link below.

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Apr 23 - Jun 02, 2018

Birding by Ear Registration Open - Indoor Session Part 1 of a 2-part series

Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired | Pheasant Branch Conservancy | Madison, WI 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
BIRDING BY EAR: LEARNING TO IDENTIFY BIRDS WITHOUT SIGHT. Just as unique as their coloration and shape, bird songs come in all tunes and pitches. Identifying birds by their song is an exciting activity and skill, and any experienced bird watcher will tell you that most birding is done without actually seeing the bird, but by hearing it. Particularly geared toward individuals who experience vision loss or impairment, this class teaches the techniques and songs for identifying birds by close listening. The first day will involve classroom-based learning, exploring the various songs of common bird species for June in Pheasant Branch Conservancy. The second day will take place at Pheasant Branch Conservancy, where a wide, flat, gravel/boardwalk path will take us through wooded habitat to practice our new-found skills. The outdoor portion of the class will offer sighted assistants at a 2:1 ratio to help participants safely maneuver through the park. Participants are encouraged to bring your own friends or loved ones to serve as your sighted guide instead; please indicate that in the registration form. Service animals are welcome, but please note that leashed dogs are also allowed in the park. Co-organized with the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired Dates, times and locations: Indoor portion: June 2, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the conference room in the Wisconsin Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired (754 Williamson Street) Outdoor portion: June 16, 8:00-10:00 a.m., Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Marina Drive location* Registration fee: $20.00 per person | Taught by: Kerry Wilcox

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May 15 - 20, 2018

Mobile Skills Crew Event - Ringle Segment, Marathon County

Ringle Segment R7400 Duncan Rd Hatley, WI 54440 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
You helped open 1.7 new miles last year. This year, help take it further. Discover this “Landscape Crossroads” where ancient glacial drift meets ‘new’ Wisconsin drift – ephemeral ponds, boulder-strewn hillsides, and ice-walled lake plains harboring stones from hundreds of miles distant. This new section will be sure to inspire. No previous experience is necessary; training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders. There will be roles for all ages and abilities. The IATA provides food, tools, and campsites free to all who volunteer. Your contribution is welcome for any part of the event or the entire project. Work begins on Tuesday, May 15, and concludes Sunday, May 20. Trail construction activities begin each day around 8:00 a.m. and typically wrap up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, work ends by noon. What to Bring: We recommend a long-sleeve shirt and pants for trail work. Plan for variable weather – bring warm layers and rain gear. Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves. Day pack, water bottles, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat. If camping, bring a headlamp, tent, sleeping gear and toiletries. Consider bringing a lawn chair; you’ll appreciate having it to relax around the fire in comfortable clothes at the end of the day.

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May 22, 2018

Spring Flowers, Birds and Bees at Schurch-Thomson Prairie

8624 Reilly Road, Barneveld, WI 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Come hike into the secluded valley of the Schurch-Thomson and Underwood prairies. Mid to late spring wildflowers such as shooting star, cream wild indigo, puccoons, wood betony, and alumroot should be in bloom with queen bumblebees of serval species active in collecting pollen and nectar to establish their colonies. We will also see prairie plantings and inter-seedings of various ages. Schurch-Thomson Prairie is a 193-acre unit of TPE’s 570-acre Mounds View Grassland preserve and it is adjacent to the privately owned Underwood Prairie (Hanley Family Trust). The hike will include extensive grassland bird habitat filled with bobolinks, meadowlarks, grasshopper sparrows, upland sandpipers, and Henslow’s sparrows.

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