International Crane Foundation



Adventure Pass to International Crane Foundation @ International Crane Foundation
Jul 30 – Oct 31 all-day

We are delighted to be partnering with the Baraboo Public Library this summer to create an Adventure Pass program, to offer surrounding communities an opportunity to learn more about the services provided by the library and visit the world’s 15 species of cranes for FREE.

The Adventure Pass program allows patrons of the South Central Library System to check out a pass through the Baraboo Public Library and receive free admission to our headquarters. The Adventure Pass program is available from July 30 through Oct. 31, 2018. Ten passes are available, and library patrons may check out an Adventure Pass for one week. The pass allows admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children, ages 6 through 17.

Learn more about the Adventure Pass program.

The Adventure Pass program is supported in part by a grant from the Sauk County UW-Extension, Arts and Culture Committee and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Journey of the Whooping Crane – Complimentary screening of new documentary @ Baraboo Arts Banquet & Convention Center
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Member Appreciation Day @ International Crane Foundation
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Your membership makes a difference for cranes worldwide, and we want to thank you for your support. Please join us for this fun-filled day with behind-the-scenes tours, special programs and lectures – dedicated to you!

Our very popular Crane City tours will be at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Got lunch? This year Branding Iron Roadhouse from Limeridge, Wisconsin will be selling their delicious wood-fired pizzas for lunch – yum! View the lunch menu.

Click here to view the full schedule for the day!

Special thanks to our sponsor Sullivans Two Unlimited of Baraboo for helping us make this event possible, as well as Coffee Bean Connection for donating their delicious coffee and Festival Foods for providing breakfast treats!

Registration is now closed for this year’s Member Morning – an exclusive guided tour at our headquarters with Crane Research Coordinator Anne Lacy from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. 

Harvest Moon Festival @ Lussier Family Heritage Center
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Stop by the International Crane Foundation’s exhibit at the Harvest Moon festival on September 28, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin. Celebrate the beginning of autumn while learning about cranes and our global conservation programs!

Cranes and Culture Art Series @ International Crane Foundation
Oct 6 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The International Crane Foundation is hosting a new Cranes and Culture Art Series throughout the 2018 visitor season.

Each month local artists will present a complimentary workshop to showcase their work – everything from photography to painting and dance. Participants will learn the cultural relevance of the art and how it relates to cranes and wetland conservation. After each artist presentation, participants can meet the artists, ask questions and most importantly, make their own art with the artists!

The Cranes and Culture Art Series will highlight the work of eight gifted artists in the community:

•  April 21 Woodworker Brian Wilbrandt of Cazenovia and Fiber Artist Sharon Nicholas of Dodgeville, Wis.

•  May 5 – Photographer Stan Tekiela of Minneapolis, Minn.

•  June 16 – Illustrator Kim Russell of Spring Green, Wis.

•  July 8 – Ho-Chunk Experience – Wasira Native Dance Show of Baraboo, Wis.

•  Aug. 11 – Painter Janet Flynn of Reedsburg, Wis.

•  Sept. 15 – Graphic Designer Amie Van Susteren of Lone Rock, Wis.

•  Oct. 6 – Painter Ellen McGaughey of Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

This project is funded in part, by Jodi K. Kingdon and Henry S. Kingdon, M.D., Ph.D. and a grant from the Sauk County UW Extension, Arts & Culture Committee and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Science Festival @ UW-Madison Campus
Oct 11 – Oct 14 all-day

Join us at the Wisconsin Science Festival October 11, 12 and 14! Learn about Whooping Crane conservation and dress up in a crane-rearing costume at the Discovery Expo, and keep an eye out for Hope, our Whooping Crane mascot. Click here to plan your visit.

Fermentation Fest – Pasture Performance
Oct 13 all-day

Stop by the International Crane Foundation’s Pasture Performance on October 13, 2018, during the annual Fermentation Fest in and around Reedsburg, Wisconsin.

“Experience the yearly cycle of a Whooping Crane through an interpretive play by the International Crane Foundation. In the 1980s, we began experimenting with costume-rearing cranes. Today, our staff care for young Whooping Cranes while wearing full-length crane costumes to hide their human form. We use hand puppets that mimic an adult crane’s head to interact with the chicks. Try on a costume and migrate with us as we learn about this endangered bird species and the work being done to protect them!

Click here to view the festival’s performance schedule.

Good Neighbor Day @ International Crane Foundation
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Bring a non-perishable food donation to the International Crane Foundation for the Baraboo Food Pantry and receive FREE admission to see the world’s cranes. Click here to plan your visit.



Gates Close for the 2018 Season @ International Crane Foundation
Oct 31 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Stay in touch with us throughout the year – sign up for email updates and join our social media community!

Sandhill Crane Festival, Lodi CA
Nov 2 – Nov 4 all-day

Join us for the 22nd Annual Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi, California November 2 to 4, 2018. Click here to learn more.