An Evening with the Construction Cranes - International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation


An Evening with the Construction Cranes

Online registration is now closed. You may register at the event on Saturday, June 15, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Registration is open for our summer celebration – An Evening with the Construction Cranes – on Saturday, June 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at our headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Stroll our prairie trails and sample local gourmet food, craft beer and wines. Mix and mingle with fellow Craniacs and our international staff, including our VP International – Africa Kerryn Morrison, Southeast Asia Program Coordinator Tran Triet and our China team. This truly is a unique evening, and Mother Nature assures us of fine weather! Click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions for the event.

This year’s event includes tours of our $10 million renovation that began last fall. Be a part of this historic event, and be one of the first to view our new visitor center, being constructed now. Vogel Bros. Building Co. staff will be on hand to answer your questions.

More great news! The gift shop will be open for this event, with several new and exclusive crane items. Also new this year, an exclusive sneak peek into our Crane Care Unit, with Director of Conservation Medicine Dr. Barry Hartup. Learn about our Whooping and Sandhill Crane monitoring program, and tour our prairie, while enjoying a refreshing glass of Prairie Fumé!

For questions about registration please contact or 608-356-9462 ext. 807.

View the event program, including the schedule of events and listings of beverage and food stations.

4:30 p.m. | Registration and gift shop open – flash sales throughout the event!

5 to 6:30 p.m. | Behind-the-scenes construction tours with guides along the path start at the trailhead to the Spirit of Africa exhibit

5 to 6:30 p.m. | Meet our staff – Chief Operating Officer Kim Smith – Glass Station | Crane Care Unit Q&A with Director of Conservation Medicine Dr. Barry Hartup | Members of Team China – Welcome Station | Vice President International – Africa Kerryn Morrison – Station Three | Southeast Asia Program Coordinator Dr. Tran Triet and Vice President International – Asia Spike Millington – Station Four

6 and 7:15 p.m. | Guided prairie tours with Crane Project Manager Andy Gossens and USDA Ecologist Dr. Alison Duff – meet at the Prairie Highlights station

6:45 p.m. | Crane Ambassadors Flock Together! with Dr. Rich Beilfuss, President and CEO, Dr. George Archibald, Co-founder, and Tom Leiden, member and donor – Main Tent

5 to 8 p.m. | Construction Q&A with Vogel Bros. Building Co. staff and Creative Design and Conservation Education Manager Darcy Love – Visitor Center Theatre | Meet development staff – Donation Station | North American Program Highlights and Prairie Highlights with North American Team

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors! Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities.


Sarus Crane

Anonymous donor | Tom and Kathy Leiden


Siberian Crane


Red-crowned Crane

CLR Design

Blue Crane

The Baraboo State Bank | Beth Goethel, RE/MAX Grand | Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies | Thysse | The Voss Family


Demoiselle Crane

Alliant Energy | All Sky Energy | Atkin Analytics IT, LLC| Bischof Construction, LLC | Burkhalter Travel | Susan Carnahan | Dental Associates of Baraboo | Drexel Building Supply | Hill-Dale Veterinary Care | Marshfield Labs, Veterinary Services | Pizza Ranch | Pointon Heating and Air Conditioning | Schwarz Insurance | Webstix, Inc.


Cell.Plus II, Inc. | Coffee Bean Connection | Minuteman Press of Baraboo | Tents ‘n Events | Turner WaterCare | Wild Apples Floral | Wisco Pop! | Wisconsin Public Radio | Uno’s Pizzeria and Grill

The Barn Restaurant and Bar, Baraboo

Branding Iron Roadhouse, Lime Ridge

Carr Valley Cheese, La Valle

Coffee Bean Connection, Baraboo

Cowboy David’s Bake Shoppe, La Farge

Devil’s Lake Bistro, Baraboo

Hickory House HyVee, Madison

Neat-O’s Bake Shoppe, Baraboo

Port Huron Brewing Company, Wisconsin Dells

Vintage Brewing Company, Sauk City and Madison

Wisco Pop! Beverage Co., Viroqua

Planning to stay the night?

Our headquarters is located a short distance from Baraboo and the Wisconsin Dells.

For information on restaurants and lodging, please visit:

Visitors commonly stay at these nearby options:

  • Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wisconsin Dells (only a mile away).
    • For 2019, Ho-Chunk Gaming is offering a block of 20 hotel rooms, 10 with king beds, 10 with queen beds, at a group rate of $129.00 + taxes for June 15, 2019. Please reference the “International Crane Foundation Hotel Room Block,” or Booking ID#: 9781, to reserve a room with the group rate.  The cutoff date for the room block is Saturday, June 1, 2019.  Any reservations after the date will not be eligible for the group rate.
  • Hilton Garden Inn – Wisconsin Dells
  • Best Western – Baraboo, ask for International Crane Foundation rates
  • Clarion – Baraboo
  • Ringling House – A historic home in Baraboo
  • Pinehaven – Just outside of Baraboo in a peaceful river valley
  • Inn at Wawanisee Point – Luxury escape in the scenic Baraboo Hills
  • Ash Street Retreat – A historic home in downtown Baraboo