Lodi Valley Chapter

You are invited to enjoy over nine miles of beautiful Ice Age Trail                 in southern Columbia County from the Lodi Marsh to the Merrimac Ferry. The Trail  passes through unique geological features and diverse ecological habitats, giving hikers an excellent experience of glacially shaped valleys, bluffs and drumlins while passing through prairies, savannas and woodlands. The Trail also wanders though the historic city of Lodi, where you may be tempted to take a break from hiking by visiting our restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlor, and specialty shops. Before heading North to the Ferry, allow extra time to check out the spectacular views at Gibraltar Rock!

During the year the Chapter offers a variety of hikes and social events, and  hosts an annual National Trails Day event in June, the Mammoth Fun Run & Hike.  We get together about eight times a year for Chapter meetings, on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at Lodi Medical Clinic, 160 Valley Drive, Lodi. Please browse through our events calendar for more details about Chapter meetings and upcoming activities. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events!

Chapter Meeting

Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 pm - Please join us to find out about new ways to get involved with the Ice Age Trail Alliance. We're growing and we need you! We welcome everyone, and would love to see new faces. If volunteering is something that interests you, we will find an area that highlights your skills and passions. There is more information, including the address, map and driving directions on our Chapter's events calendar.

Hikes

 If you are out on the Trail during the autumn and winter months, please use caution when you are in areas where hunting is allowed. Be sure to wear bright colors, and if you take your dog with you, he must be leashed and under the owner's control at all times. It is recommended that a bright colored scarf or other garment be placed on the dog, as well. Here are more guidelines from the Ice Age Trail Alliance to follow during hunting season.

Trail Improvement

Tuesday, November 11th at 1:00 pm - Location and type of work are TBD

Tuesday, December 9th at 1:00 pm - Location and type of work are TBD

Workdays are a great opportunity to learn how to maintain a sustainable footpath. Many of our volunteers receive a lot of satisfaction in seeing the "before" and "after" photos following a few hours of work removing invasive species, clearing the corridor, or improving tread to address water erosion issues.

"Mammoth Prints" Newsletter

The Lodi Valley Chapter publishes an e-newsletter, Mammoth Prints, three times a year, featuring informative articles, beautiful pictures, volunteer spotlight, and much more. Click below editions and enjoy! Contact us to subscribe to future Mammoth Prints.                                 

Mammoth Prints - October, 2014

Mammoth Prints - May, 2014

Mammoth Prints - January, 2014

Mammoth Prints - October, 2013

Featured Articles

Gibraltar Rock: Here by Chance for All to Enjoy

Birding Paradise on the Ice Age Trail by Bill Beers

ColdCache Sites Near Lodi! by Dolly McNolty

Glacial Drifters Hiking Award Program

Whether you're an avid hiker looking for a new challenge or an occasional trekker looking for inspiration to get out more often, this may be just the thing for you! The Lodi Valley and Baraboo Hills Chapters of the Ice Age Trail Alliance have partnered to create the Glacial Drifters Hiking Award Program. This project was originally funded in part by a Healthy Life Inititiative Grant from the Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital Foundation. Participants in the program will earn an award for hiking all of the approximately 50 miles of the Ice Age Trail within these two Chapters' areas, with the hiking to be done on each individual's own timetable. Registered participants will be sent maps and information about each of the various segments along with a hiking log for tracking progress. To receive more information about the Glacial Drifters Hiking Award Program contact Patti Herman (608-592-5666) or Bob Lange (608-356-2427).

Volunteer Spotlight

2014 Spirit Stick Award Winner

Bill received the Spirit Stick Award at the Ice Age Trail Alliance Annual Meeting. To learn more about this prestigious award, and Bill's involvement with the Trail, click here.

2014 "In the Mud" Award Winners

Each year the Chapter votes on one or two individuals who have gone above and beyond the "call of duty" when it comes to the volunteer work they did throughout the year. This year, we are pleased to announce that Ken and Julie Richardson are the recipients of the prestigious "In the Mud" Award for their commitments to support and protect the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. To read more about Ken and Julie's contributions to the Trail, click here.

Volunteers Needed!

Adopt-a-Trail Program

TRAIL MONITORS - The Lodi Valley Chapter relies very heavily on volunteers to maintain the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, and report any trail issues so they can be addressed quickly. Any signs of vandalism should especially be reported immediately, so we can increase our presence in any vulnerable areas. If you have a problem to report, please contact us.

MOWERS - During the winter months, we don't have any mowing to do, but shortly after the ground thaws, there is plenty to keep us busy. With close to ten miles of Trail that needs to be mowed several times during the spring, summer, and fall months, we can always use some extra hands to help with the mowing duties. We supply the equipment, including the trailer, but a vehicle with a hitch is necessary. If you think you may enjoy running a brush mower and have a few hours to spare, please consider this volunteer opportunity. The time commitment depends on the weather, and how much rainfall we experience. Training is provided.

HIKE COORDINATORS AND LEADERS - We can always use a few more people who are willing to coordinate and lead hikes. We have seen a steady increase in the number of hiking participants recently. That means we could use help with organizing hikes, educating people on plantlife and geological formations along the Trail, and answering questions that may arise. If you enjoy exploring the Lodi Valley area and sharing your knowledge of the great outdoors with others, please consider becoming a volunteer hike leader.

GREETERS AT MEETINGS - Greeters are a vital part to making people feel welcome at our Chapter meetings. They are asked to arrive about 10 minutes before the meeting to hand out nametags, ask people to sign in, and answer any questions newcomers may have. This has been very successful and we are always looking for new faces at the door.

Please contact us if you can help with any of the opportunities listed above.

Chapter Leaders

For more information on Chapter activities and/or hiking the Ice Age Trail in this region, feel free to contact one of the Chapter leaders.

Joanna, Coordinator and Newsletter Editor (608-592-7817)
Jodi
, Secretary (608-592-2031) Julie, Co-Secretary (608-592-4606)
Barbara,
Treasurer (608-592-3025)
Bill, Trail Maintenance Coordinator (608-843-3926)

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