The Aldo Leopold Foundation will be closed to the public for a private event on Saturday, September 24.

Experience the Great Midwest Crane Fest

Great Midwest Crane Fest

Save the date for the first annual Great Midwest Crane Fest – Celebrating Community and Conservation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, from November 10 to 12, 2022, as thousands of Sandhill Cranes gather near the Wisconsin River before flying south for the winter.

Witness the marvel of Wisconsin’s largest crane congregation and participate in guided crane-viewing tours, photography and crane behavior workshops, conservation-related lectures, and extraordinary events. Explore the beautiful landscapes and rich histories connecting the festival hosts, the Aldo Leopold Foundation an the International Crane Foundation.

Registration & Admission

Registration for the Great Midwest Crane Fest will open in early September!

Early-bird registration through October 1, 2022:

$45 Friday and Saturday
$20 Single day Friday
$25 Single Day Saturday

Festival admission will include entrance to the Aldo Leopold Foundation and International Crane Foundation and free lectures at each site.

You may also add one or more workshops to your registration for an additional fee (prices TBD).

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

To view the schedule and register




The festival is located at the edge of the Driftless Area in southern Wisconsin, approximately a three-hour drive from either Minneapolis or Chicago:

International Crane Foundation
E11376 Shady Lane Road
Baraboo, WI

Aldo Leopold Foundation
E13701 Levee Road
Baraboo, WI