The world is full of amazing outdoor spaces to explore!

However, they don't just spontaneously appear—it takes a dedicated work force of volunteers to create and maintain these spaces for everyone to enjoy. Consequently, the Hoofer Outing Club spends several weekends per year doing conservation with local nonprofits. From trail-building to invasive species removal—we do it all!

Training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders (no experience is necessary) and all abilities are welcome.

Find out when we're getting our hands dirty here!

Find out more about some organizations we've worked with in the past here! (or here) (or even right here)

Ice Age Trail Mobile Skills Crew Trail Building

The Ice Age Trail does not exist through its beauty and magic alone. It takes a dedicated work force of more than 2,000 volunteers from across the Upper Midwest to build and maintain this space for personal growth.

The Hoofer Outing Club is a part of the this workforce of volunteers. We spend several weekends per year building the trail.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a world-renowned trail building organization. The craft of sustainable trail layout, design and construction is at the forefront of its organizational efforts.

Training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders and all participants get free meals and (for those working multiple days) a free place to pitch a tent.

No experience is necessary. All Abilities are welcome.

Find out when we're getting on the trail here

Ice Age Trail Building Walla Hi

Maintaining the Ice Age Trail

In addition to building new segments of the Ice Age Trail, we also maintain existing segments to provide the best trail experience possible. Volunteers from across the state collaborate to complete the day-to-day duties that create such an experience.

The Hoofer Outing Club participates in several half-day trail maintenance events per year.