In Case It Wasn’t Obvious...

Unless you just completed a 6-week through-hike, a few things should be obvious; but to be clear, we’ll restate them here.

  1. Spring has arrived, the snow is (mostly) gone, water has begun to appear in the ponds and lakes, and the spring wildlife is proceeding as if nothing is peculiar with the world. All very reassuring, to be sure.
  2. The Ice Age Trail Alliance has suspended all volunteer activity until at least May. That includes meetings, hikes, and workdays.
  3. Our volunteers have been asked to not undertake any volunteer activity on the land. Stay at home.
  4. The general public is taking advantage of the trail as a way to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air and extreme social distancing. That includes some of our volunteers, who have been hiking and taking notes or photos of work to be done in the future. But if you go to hike, don’t be surprised to find more downed trees or other minor issues (along with the usual high water and muddy sections of trail).
  5. The Obey Interpretive Center is not open until at least the end of April; the Ice Age Trail Alliance Annual Conference has been cancelled; the annual ultramarathon has been cancelled; the Outdoor Adventure Expo in Minneapolis has been postponed.
  6. The state's Stay-at-home order defines going for a walk in a park as essential activity, as long as it is “close to home” and “in your community”.
  7. Our chapter’s May 3 hike has also been cancelled. Other May activities are on hold until we get further information.

If you’re anxious to get out and go for a hike, see the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s page on all things related to using the trail during these uncertain times. There is a wealth of good information there.

Go directly here if you want more explanation of our organization’s policy, especially on volunteer activity.


Other Opportunities

If you are a trail volunteer and find your mind wandering to the trail, seize the opportunity to brush up on trail safety by taking the online Trail Safe! course. We highly endorse these videos for our trail maintenance volunteers. If you haven’t taken the course, this is a great opportunity.