International Crane Foundation

 
School Field Trip

School Field Trips

School field trips include fun, age-appropriate activities designed to engage students and their teachers. Our education department, staff and volunteers, would be delighted to share the story of the International Crane Foundation 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.

Tour Details

Our education department, staff, and volunteers have extensive experience teaching youth groups. We strive to provide your students with a tour that is challenging, age-appropriate, and enjoyable.

Standard tours include an introductory video presentation and guided tours of our live crane exhibits. During your tour, your group will have an opportunity to:

  • Observe the world’s 15 crane species
  • Learn about crane biology
  • Investigate the current threats to crane survival
  • Discover methods used to conserve endangered species
  • Hear about the International Crane Foundation’s international work and initiatives
  • Learn about how individual action — including your own — makes all the difference!

We would be glad to modify the 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.

Tour Reservations

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 hours – 2 hours 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 Conservation Education Department at (608) 356-9462 ext. 127.

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Admission

Youth groups are charged $2.00 per student. There is a minimum charge of $40.00.

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 (American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Discover), cash, or check. Checks can be made out to “International Crane Foundation.”

We look forward to welcoming you and your students to the flock!

Whooping Crane exhibit

Activity Packets

In order to increase the impact of our education 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 us.

Click here to view and download our activity packets for preschool through 12th grade. We also offer select activities in Spanish.