Guest Services

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ADA accessible, paved trails constructed of recycled glass wind through our Spirit of Africa exhibit.
Photo by Deb Johnson, ICF Volunteer

Resources

ADA Accessibility & Scooters: Accessibility and safety are very important at ICF. The main trails throughout the crane exhibit area are paved and are easily accessed by visitors utilizing wheelchairs, strollers or scooters. ICF offers individual motorized scooters at no additional charge for those visitors who may need assistance walking. The scooters are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Some of our nature trails are not handicap accessible. We encourage visitors to consult our site map and ICF staff regarding those areas that may present challenges to wheelchairs, strollers or motorized scooters.

Parking space is reserved for disabled guests, and visitors are welcome to drop disabled visitors off directly at the Visitor Center entrance if preferred. For assistance with additional handicap parking, please inquire at the Welcome Desk upon arrival.

Accessibility features of our site include:

• Paved trail system throughout our main exhibit area

• Handicap accessible restrooms

• Handicap accessible parking spaces

• ADA approved door handles

• Handicap accessible Visitor Center and Gift Shop

• Highly visible enclosures for crane observation

For more information about accessibility, please contact ICF's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (608) 356-9462, ext. 127.


Policies

Pets: Pets, leashed or unleashed, are not allowed past the Cudahy Visitor Center entrance. Please make appropriate accommodations for your pets during your visit.

Cameras: Visitors are welcome to take pictures and video during their visit. Flash photography is allowed.

Food and beverages: Visitors are encouraged to enjoy lunch or a snack while at ICF. Visitors can bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to ICF or purchase snacks and beverages in the gift shop. There are a number of picnic tables and spots on our site that are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. There is a covered gazebo that can be reserved for group tours by calling 608-356-9462 ext. 127.

Smoking: ICF is a non-smoking facility.

Individual motorized scooters: ICF offers individual motorized scooters on a first-come-first-serve basis at no additional charge for those visitors who may need assistance walking. For safety reasons, these scooters are not allowed on unpaved trails.

Nature trails: Visitors are encouraged to explore ICF's three miles of nature trails weaving through prairie, oak savanna, wetland, and oak forest ecosystems. However, walking off trails is not allowed, since the restorations and fragile ecosystems could be damaged. Flowers and grasses should not be picked to allow them to develop seeds, and to allow all ICF visitors to enjoy them.

Feather collection: Visitors are not allowed to take crane feathers off the ICF site. Each crane species is protected by a variety of laws, and permits are needed to obtain or hold crane feathers. Please contact an ICF staff member at 608-356-9462 ext. 127 if you have questions regarding feather collection regulations.

Littering: Cranes may ingest bits of metal, plastic or other litter they find. Please be careful with litter while you are visiting ICF. Trash cans and recycling bins are located throughout our site.

Interacting with exhibit birds: The cranes found in our exhibit area may walk to the front of their enclosures as visitors approach. This is not a friendly behavior indicating the birds are hungry or curious. This behavior is an aggressive protection of their territory. Please respect our cranes by not reaching past the fences and guard rails that surround their enclosures, vocalizing with the birds, or mimicking their movements.

Cancellation policy: If you need to cancel your tour reservation please provide us with as much advance notice as possible.

Skateboards: No skateboards, roller blades, bicycles, tricycles, or scooters are allowed past the admissions area of ICF. Please feel free to park bicycles near the Cudahy Visitor Center entrance.

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Shade shelters throughout the crane exhibit area provide comfortable areas to relax and enjoy nature (above, our Amoco Whooping Crane Exhibit).

 

Evening with the Cranes

Our annual summer celebration, An Evening with the Cranes, pairs local food, wine, live music and cranes! View our calendar of events to plan your visit. Photo by Christina Beam Photography