Thursday, May 27, 2010

Trilliums to Tweets

Here is the write-up of the outdoors seminar I participated in last weekend at the Chippewa Moraine Visitor Center last weekend. It went really well, considering I was the first presenter. A large group of young adult workers for Americorps earned an education hour (required for the program) under my tutelage, and were pretty cheerful participants too.

I will post my journal from that weekend tomorrow or Saturday!

Ice Age Trail Fair at Visitor Center May 22

Hikes, talks and demonstrations on ways to enjoy the Ice Age Trail will make up an all-day fair at the Chippewa Moraine Visitor Center near New Auburn on Saturday. Rebecca Hildebrandt, Ice Age Trail Alliance Development Director says the program named “Trilliums to Tweets” will show how the trail can be a canvas on which to paint many outdoor activities. Hot dogs grilled on a fire will be available free of charge for fair-goers around noon.

Family-friendly activities geared to youth are slated including a “rolling hike” led by Visitor Center staff member Rod Gont. Roy Gromme, son of Owen Gromme, often referred to as the “Dean of American Wildlife Artists”, will display some of his father’s most famous works and tell the story behind the paintings. Harvey Halversen, WDNR Wildlife Biologist and a member of the Blue Bird Society, will describe the interesting antics of owls and cavity nesting birds.

Greg Locascio, will give tips on journaling that he learned while thru- hiking the Applachian and Pacific Crest Trails. Nancy Frank, a certified Nordic Walking instructor, will tell about the unique benefits of Nordic Walking and show participants how to get started on this enjoyable form of exercise. Laura Sandstrom and Harold Lindemann, both from the Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail will respectively lead a bird walk and a flower stroll.

Event Schedule:

7:30 am “Early Bird” Bird Walk – Laura Sandstrom

9:00 am Journaling – Long Trail Memories –Greg Locascio

10:00 am Bluebirds and Other Cavity Birds – Harvey Halvorson

11:00 am Nordic Walking on the Ice Age Trail – Nancy Frank

12:00 pm Kids Rolling Hike and Youth Program – Rod Gont

1:00 pm Owen Gromme’s Birds of Wisconsin – Roy Gromme

2:00 pm Wild Flower and Interesting Plants – Harold Lindemann

3:00 pm A Picture Story of the Ice Age Trail

The Chippewa Moraine Visitor Center is 7 miles east of New Auburn and 1.9 miles east of State Highway 40 on County Highway “M”. For more information, contact Rebecca Hildebrandt, IATA Director of Development at 608-963-3896 or by e-mail at

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