Are the cranes at your site wild?
No. ICF is home to a captive population of cranes that we care for year round. Our birds do not migrate. As a visitor to ICF you have the opportunity to meet all 15 crane species during our visitor season April 15 - October 31.
Do we need reservations for a group tour?
Yes. All groups must have advance registration for tours. Group tours and school field trips can be scheduled by contacting ICF's Education Department at (608) 356-9462, ext. 127.
How long should we plan on staying?
Most visitors spend at least two hours on site. It is best to schedule two to four hours.
Do you have a gift shop?
Yes. The ICF Gift Shop offers a wonderful array of items from around the world as well as clothing, books, light snacks and drinks.
How long is the guided tour?
Guided tours usually last 1.5 - 2 hours.
How far is the guided walking tour?
The entire paved trail system through our crane exhibit area, including the Donnelley Family Education Center, is approximately half a mile long. The walking tour is very slow paced and there are benches, drinking water, and covered seating throughout the site.
How hilly is your site?
ICF's main exhibit area, where tours take place, has paved ADA accessible trails with gentle slopes. However, the unpaved nature trails do traverse several larger hills and some are uneven and steep.
Is the tour indoors or out?
Tours begin indoors in the Cudahy Visitor Center theatre. The remainder of the tour is outdoors. Tours go out rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. However, guided tours will not go outside when it is lightning.
Is there shade available during the tour?
There are several shaded areas in our Spirit of Africa exhibit and our Amoco Whooping Crane Exhibit. However, please be prepared for exposure to sun during your visit.
What is the latest that we could schedule a guided tour?
The latest a tour can be scheduled is 3:30 p.m. to accommodate for a 1.5 - 2 hour tour prior to our site closing.
Can the picnic area or covered gazebo be reserved for our group?
The open picnic area in front of the Donnelley Family Education Center is available on a first-come-first-serve basis only. The covered gazebo can be reserved in advance by calling (608) 356-9462 ext. 127.
Are there vending machines or food available at ICF?
ICF ‘s gift shop sells beverages and a variety of healthy snacks. There are no concessions on our site.
Are there hotels, restaurants or campgrounds nearby?
Our site is located a short distance from Baraboo and the Wisconsin Dells.
For information on restaurants and lodging, please visit:
• Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau
• Wisconsin Dells Chamber of Commerce
• Baraboo Chamber of Commerce
Do I have to take a guided tour?
No. You may also explore the site on your own.
When is the best time to see cranes dancing?
Cranes dance and call throughout the year. These behaviors tend to be more frequent during breeding season in spring and early summer.
When is the best time of year to visit ICF?
Each season offers something different at ICF. Spring flowers and dramatic threat displays from the cranes greet our early season visitors. Summer treats visitors to an explosion of color in our exhibits and on our prairie. And autumn colors are spectacular on our site and all over south-central Wisconsin.
When is the best time of day to visit in order to avoid crowds?
ICF hosts approximately 8,000 school children each year. During the months of April, May and early June, please consider visiting us in the afternoon or on the weekends if you would prefer to avoid large school groups.
Do you have any wheelchairs available?
We have several wheelchairs and individual motorized scooters available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Is there a storage area available?
There are no lockers or storage areas on the ICF site.
Do you have baby changing facilities on site?
Baby changing facilities are available in the Cudahy Visitor Center's and the Donnelley Education Center restrooms.
Can I feed the cranes?
No. Our cranes are given scientifically formulated diets. To ensure the health and well-being of our cranes, please do not feed them.
Can I pet the cranes?
No. For the safety of you and the cranes, please do not attempt to touch the birds.
If I visit in the fall, will your cranes have already migrated?
The cranes that live at ICF are captive birds and do not migrate.
Can I bring a camera and/or video camera?
YES! We encourage you to take a lot of photos and video! ICF is the only place in the world where visitors can see all 15 species of cranes.
Can I bring my pet to ICF?
ICF does not allow pets beyond the admissions area for the safety of our birds. We appreciate your cooperation.
If I find an injured crane, can I bring it to ICF?
ICF does not accept injured or orphaned animals. Please contact the National Wildlife Rehabilitator's Association.
at 608 356-9462 ext. 127.