VolksWalking - Off the Beaten Path

About the Woodland Wanderers


The Woodland Wanderers, AVA-915, is a member club of the American Volkssport Association (AVA).

The Woodland Wanderers is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization under the laws of Colorado, and organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended, to promote the health, physical fitness and well being of the people of the United States by organizing, promoting, and conducting scheduled programs of noncompetitive, family-oriented, participatory lifetime sports, including but not limited to, walking (including jogging and running), bicycling, swimming, cross-country skiing, and such other events as may be sanctioned by the AVA.

To view the documentation required by the IRS, a separate page has been prepared.

National Newsletter


The American Volkssport Association publishes a monthly newsletter called The Checkpoint to keep the membership informed

  1. AVA Checkpoint

AVA National Management Team

The Woodland Wanderers is one of approximately 300 clubs throughout the United States. Our National Headquarters is located in Universal City, Texas. We are governed by a board of officers and Regional Directors.

  • President - Dennis Michele
  • Vice-President - Holly Pelking
  • Secretary - Sam Korff
  • Treasurer - Larry Lehman
  • Regional Directors
    • Atlantic Region - Tom Jackson
    • Pacific Region - Suzi Glass
    • Mid-America Region - Linda Neu
    • Rocky Mountain Region - Frank Sayers
    • North Central Region - Jerry Wilson
    • South Central Region - Glen Conyers
    • Northeast Region - Betty Green
    • Southeast Region - David Bonewitz
    • Northwest Region - Nancy Whittenberg
    • Southwest Region - Susan Medlin

Latest Updates

  • Seasonals Over for This Year

    All of the Seasonal Events of the Woodland Wanderers have completed their run for this year. We would like to give a hearty thanks to everyone that participated in our events. Please come back next year, starting April 1st, 2017. Many will have a new trail. Check back often for updates.

  • AVA Special Programs

    The AVA started a program a few years ago that allowed a club to create a Special Program allowing additional recognition for completing events that contain some items of specific interest. Generally, these are decreed to last three years. Then the old ones go away and new ones appear. That means, every year, the walk owners (that's Us!) must revisit every walk to try to determine if one of the new Special Programs apply, or if one of the old goes away. A couple of our events (Durango and Trinidad) have a huge number of these Special Programs that apply. Guess what I'll be doing?