Whooping Crane Trunk

The International Crane Foundation’s education staff and partner organizations are delighted to share the Whooping Crane’s story with you through the use of our educational Crane Trunk. Our Crane Trunks offer a variety of activities and information for the classroom to help students understand the historical and current efforts to save a species on the brink of extinction. These resources are available upon request.

Crane Trunk Details

Using a Crane Trunk in the classroom means that you and your students will have access to a wide variety of interactive learning tools. The trunk is designed to empower educators to share with their students the concepts of crane biology, ecology, conservation, captive breeding and reintroduction. The curriculum consists of a series of activities that are thoughtfully paired with hands-on learning tools, including a crane skull, bird flight diverters and a captive-rearing crane costume. View and download the Crane Trunk manual and activities.


Crane Trunks are available year-round. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, so please note that there may be a higher demand for trunks during the months of April, May, September and October. We cannot guarantee that our materials will be available on time with less than two weeks’ notice, so plan on requesting trunks at least one month in advance. Trunks can be picked up and dropped off at the International Crane Foundation’s headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin, at no cost, or materials can be shipped to you with a postage fee. If you would like to request specific items from our Crane Trunks, view an itemized list of the trunk contents.

To request a trunk, please complete the Crane Trunk Request Form. If you need additional assistance contact Stephanie Schmidt, Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator, at 608-356-9462 ext. 142.

Whooping Crane Trunk contents

Combine with a Field Trip!

Using a Crane Trunk in the classroom provides a unique opportunity for students to explore the many aspects of crane conservation.

Combining this exploration with a field trip to our site gives students a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience they will never forget. Learn more about our school field trips.

Our Whooping Crane trunk is sponsored by the Antonia Foundation – thank you!