TrailBlazers, a 4-H program for 6th-8th graders, started on June 8th and runs through Thursday, July 2nd. So far for each trip anywhere from 5-9 rowdy adolescents have gathered in the Iron County Courthouse lobby by 9 am on Mondays and Thursdays, with the most excited participants arriving as early as 8 am!
TrailBlazers participants, under the leadership of two UW-Madison NEFSE interns, Jacob and Rissa, have already visited 7 of the area waterfalls and biked 52 miles. By the end of the summer, TrailBlzaers will have biked a distance equivalent to that of Hurley to Green Bay — quite an accomplishment at any skill level!
The main focus of the TrailBlazers activities is exploring the landscape and recreational activities of Iron County and the greater Gogebic Range. The enthusiastic TrailBlazers participants have caught and released many species of frogs and turtles, identified songbirds and birds of prey, explored watershed patterns, enjoyed healthy snacks, hiked the trails to explore area forests, and played numerous games to build a strong sense of camaraderie among the group.
With only four sessions left on Mondays and Thursdays of the two remaining weeks of this month, many of the TrailBlazers participants are gearing up for the 20-mile bike ride to their outpost camp June 8th-10th. Although the month is half-over, new participants can still (and are encouraged) to sign up! Just call the Iron County UW-Extension office and ask for Jake or Rissa.