Our crane exhibits connect people to the birds, their native lands and habitats we seek to protect. The planned improvements at our headquarters include enlarged exhibits with ponds and a new visitor center.
Upgrading crane environments
Each exhibit will feature ponds that better simulate the natural habitats of each crane species. Murals in several exhibits will tell the story of the landscape, people and communities where the cranes live. Exhibits will provide memorable stories about our important conservation work in places like Africa, Southeast Asia and China.
Enhancing the visitor experience
A new, improved and larger visitor center will allow visitors to connect with our foundation’s mission on multiple levels. The center will offer dynamic interpretive elements, an indoor viewing opportunity for the Sandhill Crane exhibit, an expanded gift shop, member information and a new theater.
The larger theater will showcase innovative technology that immerses visitors in the experience of crane migration. Through this technology, visitors will experience the sights and sounds of 400,000 Sandhill Cranes flying overhead during spring migration and witness Siberian Cranes arriving on their wintering grounds.
A new Sandhill Crane exhibit with an indoor viewing pavilion within the visitor center welcomes guests as they begin their journey of discovery about the worldwide work of the International Crane Foundation.
The Cranes and Culture exhibit will highlight traditions that connect people and cranes throughout the world.
Other site improvements
- Improved, greater space for school groups to meet, including a new bus drop-off and loading area, providing safe, easy access to the visitor center.
- An informative and artistic Cranes and Culture display honoring the cultural connection of cranes throughout history.
- Upgrades to the beloved Whooping Crane exhibit.
- A completely new habitat and home for our Critically Endangered Siberian Cranes, including a large wetland area.
- Beautiful crane sculptures illustrating the various crane behaviors and life stages throughout the site.
- A larger picnic area and more parking spaces.