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International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation exhibits (Photo: ICF)

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A world-class educational experience awaits the visitor at the International Crane Foundation, located between the Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo.  This unique 225-acre facility houses a collection of all 15 species of the world’s cranes.  The International Crane Foundation (ICF), a non-profit conservation, research and educational organization, hosts a captive flock of approximately 100 cranes.

African wattled crane and nest (Photo: International Crane Foundation)

African wattled crane and nest (Photo: International Crane Foundation)

The ICF campus offers live crane exhibits in natural outdoor settings– including an attractive exhibit of all of Africa’s cranes and a whooping crane marsh. The campus also has guided and self-guided tours, a visitor center and over four miles of nature trails set among 100 acres of restored tall grass prairie, oak savanna and wetlands.  The gift shop offers books, artwork and other items with a crane motif.   More than 26,000 visitors come to the Crane Foundation annually.

whooping crane with chick (Photo: International Crane Foundation)

whooping crane with chick (Photo: International Crane Foundation)

The Crane Foundation is the pre-eminent crane conservation and research institution in the world, and it supports projects wherever there are cranes.  ICF focuses its efforts on the most endangered crane species, primarily in North America, Africa and Asia.

There is a daily fee to visit ICF, although members get in for free.

Destination Information

Address:
E11376 Shady Lane Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913

Phone: 608-356-9462

Website: International Crane Foundation website

Size: 225 acres

Length: 4 miles

County: Sauk County

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Driving Directions: ICF is located between Baraboo and the Wisconsin Dells, north of the Ho Chunk Casino and east of U.S. Hwy 12 on Shady Lane Road.

Hours of Operations: ICF is open to the public every day between April 15 and October 31 from 9 am to 5 pm. From Memorial Day through Labor Day guided public tours are offered daily at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and on weekends ONLY in April, May, September and October. Public tours are free with general admission and there is no need to pre-register. Visitors may also explore the site on their own. We suggest visitors plan to stay at least two hours.

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