Build New IAT Sept 11-15

Help build a scenic new section of the Ice Age Trail in Chippewa County


Volunteers remove former camp structure in route of new trail in preparation for new trail construction

Cornell, Wis. — September boasts moderate temperatures, lower humidity and fewer bugs, making it a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors. It is also the perfect time of year to build a new section of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, which is what volunteers are invited to do Sept. 11–15 in Chippewa County. The Ice Age Trail Alliance will be holding a trail building event at Camp Nawakwa, a Girl Scout facility about 12 miles northwest of Cornell.


“For anyone in the area who would like to give volunteering on the Ice Age Trail a try, this is going to be a terrific opportunity,” said Tim Malzhan, director of trail operations for the Alliance. “It’s a great time of year to be outside, we’ve got some challenging yet fun work lined up, and we’ll be gathering in a really beautiful area.”


During the project, volunteers will move part of the Harwood Lakes Segment of the Trail to a new 1.5-mile route through Camp Nawakwa. The new trail will follow along the shores of Picnic Lake, creating a picturesque hiking experience. For those interested in lending a hand, no previous experience is necessary and there will be roles for all ages and abilities.


On the evening of Friday, Sept. 13, the Alliance and the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes will be hosting an event to celebrate the partnership between the two groups that resulted in permanent protection of the new Ice Age Trail route. The evening will feature stories from the Girl Scout Council’s history at Camp Nawakwa and a Girl Scout flag ceremony. All are invited to attend.


Volunteers will gather Wednesday through Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. at Camp Nawakwa. Work ends by 5 p.m. each day except Sunday, when work wraps up by noon. The IATA provides meals, tools and campsites free to all who volunteer. Contributions of any amount of time are welcome. Many stay for the full event because of the fun atmosphere and camaraderie that develops throughout the project.


Useful items to bring include sunscreen, insect repellant, leather work gloves, sturdy hiking or work boots (no sneakers), daypack, rain gear, water bottles, long-sleeve shirt and pants, and hat. If camping, bring your own tent and sleeping bag.


Please help us plan for your needs by registering. Visit the project’s registration page at or call the Ice Age Trail Alliance at 800-227-0046.


The Ice Age Trail, one of only eleven National Scenic Trails, is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting Wisconsin's world-renowned Ice Age heritage and natural resources. In Chippewa County, the Trail passes through a forested landscape packed with kettle lakes, gifts of the glacier that retreated from the state more than 10,000 years ago.


The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a non-profit volunteer- and member-based organization established in 1958 that works to create, support and protect the Ice Age Trail. This event, hosted by the IATA’s Chippewa Moraine volunteer chapter, is part of the IATA’s Mobile Skills Crew (MSC) program. At MSC events, volunteers certified in crew leadership teach their fellow volunteers trail construction and maintenance techniques with shared goals of working safely, having fun and building a premier hiking trail. Visit for more information.