Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the International Crane Foundation (ICF). Our education department, staff and volunteers, would be delighted to share the story of ICF and the world’s 15 crane species with you and your group. We have a variety of field trips and look forward to working with you and your class, youth group, scout troop, or club.
Our education department, staff and volunteers, have extensive experience teaching youth groups and want to provide your students with a tour that is challenging, age-appropriate, and enjoyable.
Standard tours include an introductory multi-media, slideshow presentation; guided tours of our live crane exhibits; and a visit to our interactive education center. During your tour, your group will have an opportunity to observe the 15 crane species of our world; learn about crane biology; investigate the current threats to crane survival; discover methods used to conserve endangered species; hear about ICF’s international work and initiatives; and learn about how individual action, including your own, makes all the difference.
We would be glad to modify our tour to enhance your group’s experience by aligning our material to your curriculum or the specific needs and interests of your group. Please let our staff know of your specific needs when you request a reservation.
If you would like additional activities taught to meet specific needs, additional fees may apply. Examples of non-standard tours for which additional fees may apply include extended interpretive tours, guided hikes, seed collecting opportunities, radio telemetry demonstrations, discussions with crane care specialists or biologists, and presentations.
Have questions about visiting our site? View our Guest Services and Common Questions.
Whooping Crane and chick at ICF's Amoco Whooping Crane Exhibit.
In order to increase the impact of our educational programs and tours we have prepared age-appropriate activity packets for your use. Our intention is for you to use these materials prior to visiting ICF.
Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat to view these activity packets.
Level I: Preschool to 2nd Grade “Chick Chat”
This activity packet includes information about cranes and provides young students with a variety of activities to help raise their awareness about cranes.
Level II: 3-5th Grade “Cranes, Kids and Wetlands” This activity packet includes information about cranes and the ecosystems on which they depend.
Level III: 6-8th Grade "Cranes, Communities and Cultures"
This activity packet includes information about cranes, their habitats, and the cultural significance of cranes in our world.
Level IV: 9-12th Grade "Crane Conservation: Studies in Crane Behavior, Genetic Diversity, and Links between People and Cranes"
This activity packet includes an introduction to ethnology, genetics, cultural connections between cranes and humans, and information on crane biology. This packet also includes a field guide to crane behavior.
Tour reservations are required and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to schedule your tour with us at least two weeks in advance to ensure availability for your group. Note that May and early June are particularly popular months for pre-scheduled tours. If only certain dates and times will work for you during this time period, you may want to consider booking your group’s visit a number of months in advance.
Tours are approximately 1.5 hrs. - 2 hrs. in length and will occur rain or shine. Students, teachers, and chaperones should be prepared to spend the entire tour outdoors. Please encourage students to dress appropriately for the weather (i.e. comfortable, closed-toed shoes; raincoats; jackets; hats and gloves).
If you need to cancel your reservation please provide us with as much advance notice as possible.
To request a tour, please complete the Tour Reservation Request Form. If you need additional assistance contact the
at (608) 356-9462 ext. 127.
Youth groups are charged $2.00 per student. There is a minimum charge of $45.00.
One adult is admitted free of charge for every 12 students. Other adults are admitted at a discounted rate of $7.00 per person.
Payments can be made upon arrival using credit card (Mastercard, Visa, Discover), cash, or check. Checks can be made out to the International Crane Foundation.