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Crane Foundation Tour

  • Tue, June 07, 2022
  • 10:00 AM
  • International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI


The Crane Foundation was established between Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo by George Archibald. He is an Ornithologist and a visionary leader in international conservation efforts. In 1973, when cranes were in a perilous situation and many were on the brink of extinction, Archibald, along with Cornell University colleague, Ronald Sauey, Ph.D., established the International Crane Foundation (ICF). The foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin is the world center for the study and preservation of cranes. 

If you have never visited the International Crane Foundation or haven’t visited in the last 5 years, you will want to join us on an upcoming day trip planned by the UWRA Travel Committee.  The ICF has expanded the habitats for the cranes.  It is the only place on Earth where you can see all 15 of the world’s crane species!

We will have a guided tour of the foundation.

We will meet at 10am on Tuesday, June 7.  The tour begins at 10:15am.


This is an in-person event, however for the safety of our members, it is a self-drive day trip.  If you are comfortable, you may want to carpool.

Directions via U.S. Hwy. 12 – The former U.S. Hwy. 12 is now Cty. Hwy. BD between Baraboo and the Wisconsin Dells. To reach us from the U.S. Hwy. 12 bypass connecting Baraboo and the Wisconsin Dells use the following directions:

Westbound on U.S. Hwy. 12 – Take exit 214 (North Reedsburg Rd.) and turn right (east) towards Cty. Hwy. BD and the Ho-Chunk Casino. At the intersection with Cty. Hwy. BD turn left (west) until you reach Shady Lane Rd.

Eastbound on U.S. Hwy. 12 – Take exit 212 (Cty. Hwy. BD and Fern Dell Rd.) and travel south (west) towards the Ho-Chunk Casino until you reach Shady Lane Rd.


$35/person. Fee includes a boxed lunch, admission to the ICF, and tour guide.  Box lunches provided by TnT's Catering and Event Services in Middleton.

Please note:  ICF members will be unable to use their ICF membership for admission since we will have a guided tour.

Menu choice – box lunches include kettle chips, pickle, chocolate chip cookie, and bottled water

  • Black Forest ham wrap (black forest ham, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and red onion in a flour tortilla with mustard and mayo packets on the side) 
  • Roast turkey wrap (roasted turkey, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and red onion in a wheat tortilla with mustard and mayo packets on the side)
  • Veggie hummus wrap (housemade roasted red pepper hummus, spinach, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, olives, red pepper, green pepper, onions in a spinach tortilla)


Trip Coordinator Ted Collins at or UWRA Office 608-262-0641.


Registrations must be received no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Register online.   Mailed in reservations using the Registration Form and checks are accepted. 

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