The Great Midwest Crane Fest

Celebrating Community and Conservation

Nov. 8 to 9, 2024 | Baraboo, Wisconsin

Welcome

Save the date for the Great Midwest Crane Fest – Celebrating Community and Conservation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, from Nov. 8 to 9, 2024, as thousands of Sandhill Cranes gather near the Wisconsin River before flying south for the winter.

What should I expect during the festival?

  • Wisconsin’s largest crane congregation
  • Guided crane-viewing tours
  • Presentations and workshops
  • And more!

You’ll also explore the beautiful landscapes and rich histories connecting the festival hosts, the International Crane Foundation and Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Photo: Sandhill Cranes taking flight by Ciming Mei

International Crane Foundation and The Aldo Leopold Foundation logos

Admission


$50 Early Bird General Admission
Friday and Saturday

$30 Early Bird Friday or Saturday Only

$8 Youth Admission (ages 6 to 17)

Ages 5 and under are free.

Add-on Events

$55 Flyover Sunrise or Sunset Viewing Tours

$75 or $106 Evening Crane Congregation Tours

Registration


Coming soon!

Please remember that the festival is rain or shine, and registration is non-refundable.


What Is Included in My Registration?

Festival registration includes entrance to the Aldo Leopold Foundation and International Crane Foundation and events at each site, including presentations and tours of the Cranes of the World and Leopold Shack.

Additional registration is required for add-on events, including crane viewing tours and workshops.

Aldo Leopold Foundation

Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9


The following events are included in your registration. Please note that capacity may be limited for select events.

  • We will share more details soon.

International Crane Foundation

Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9


The following events are included in your registration. Please note that capacity may be limited for select events.

  • We will share more details soon.
Private Property Sign

When Viewing Cranes in the Wild

  • Give cranes space and appreciate them from afar. Remain in your vehicle and get no closer than 100 yards.
  • Please remain concealed and do not speak loudly enough that the birds can hear you. If the cranes you are viewing change their behavior, such as going from feeding and relaxing to being alert, walking away, or flying away, you are too close to the cranes.
  • Finally, do not trespass on private, state or federal property in an attempt to view or photograph cranes – thank you!

Look for these signs between the International Crane Foundation and Aldo Leopold Foundation to identify private property.