International Crane Foundation


AZA Party for the Planet Volunteer Work Day

04/20/2019 all-day
International Crane Foundation
E11376 Shady Lane Rd
WI 53913

Spring into Action for Cranes this Earth Day!

The International Crane Foundation will host a family volunteer opportunity to recognize Earth Day on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at its headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

“We are excited to host a Party for the Planet event and restore natural crane habitat within Sauk County,” said Andy Gossens, International Crane Foundation’s North American Crane Project Manager. “This event will offer individuals and families a hands-on opportunity to learn about their local AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium, celebrate the Earth’s biodiversity and discover how they can take action to make a difference in their own backyard.”

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by springing into action and working with your community to better our planet? AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America, including the International Crane Foundation, are throwing a Party for the Planet, making it one of the largest combined Earth Day celebrations this year.

Local AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are the perfect places to connect with nature and conservation in your community.

As part of the Party for the Planet “Spring into Action” initiative, staff at the International Crane Foundation will coordinate volunteers to improve crane habitat at its facility by providing maintenance to its existing tallgrass prairies, clearing and cutting brush, and removing invasive species as part of this stewardship activity and family volunteer opportunity.

Beginning in fall 2018, the International Crane Foundation embarked on a $10 million expansion and renovation. Improvements include a new visitor center and ten updated crane exhibits. As a result, the International Crane Foundation headquarters will be closed for the 2019 visitor season.

“We plan on reopening the site in 2020,” said Pamela Seelman, International Crane Foundation Marketing Communications Director. “This event is evidence that we’re open for business on five continents and more than 50 countries, carrying out our worldwide conservation efforts, even while our visitor center is closed for renovation.”

The International Crane Foundation works across the globe to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds and flyways on which they depend, Seelman added.

Activities will take place rain or shine. Registration is required, as space is limited. Contact Cully Shelton at 608-356-9462 ext. 114 or email cshelton@savingcranes.org to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Snacks and tools will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a water bottle, pair of leather work gloves, and wear layers of clothing appropriate for the weather, such as long sleeved shirt, long pants and closed toed shoes.