International Crane Foundation

Guest Services

Guest Services


ADA Accessibility & Scooters: Accessibility and safety are very important to the International Crane Foundation. The main trails throughout the crane exhibit area are paved and easily accessed by visitors utilizing wheelchairs, strollers, or scooters. We also offer 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. For safety reasons, these scooters are not allowed on unpaved trails.

Some of our nature trails are not handicap accessible. We encourage visitors to consult our site map and 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 our Conservation Education Department at (608) 356-9462, ext. 127.


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 visiting the International Crane Foundation. Visitors can bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages 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: The International Crane Foundation is a smoke-free environment.

Nature trails: Visitors are encouraged to explore our site’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 cannot be picked.

Feather collection: Visitors are not allowed to take crane feathers off the site. Each crane species is protected by a variety of laws, and permits are needed to obtain or hold crane feathers. Please contact a member of our 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. 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. Please feel free to park bicycles near the Cudahy Visitor Center entrance.

Thank you for observing our policies. Have a wonderful visit with the cranes!

Whooping Crane Exhibit

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

Photo by DZ Johnson