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Join us for the 2018 Whooping Crane Festival in Princeton, Wisconsin

September 7 - 9 - in and around beautiful Princeton, Wisconsin


 Field trips - Workshop - Speaker sessions - Silent auction - Children's Entertainer, David Stokes - Trivia contest -  Food & Fun

Saturday, September 8th all day festival includes activities for all ages! Kids can take part in all the FREE activities such as building a bird house, have their face painted and learn about frogs, snakes, and other critters with the ever popular David Stokes! Spend time in the artisan and vendor area to get a jump on holiday shopping or place a bid (or two) on the great silent auction items!

Enjoy a pancake breakfast in the cafeteria, or lunch served up by the Princeton Lions Club (Be sure to find the most delicious cheesecake you will ever find).

Take in one or all of the speaker sessions... and attend our Festival kick-off dinner on September 7th at the Green Lake Legion Post 306!

Schedule of events includes:


Friday, September 7 at 10 am: Field trip to EAA!

The Experimental Aircraft Association is located just 30 minutes from Princeton and is dedicated to the preservation and display of historic and experimental aircraft as well as antiques, classics, and warbirds. We will have a guided tour of the museum, which now features one of the Operation Migration ultralights, which was used to lead endangered Whooping cranes from Wisconsin to Florida.

Transportation - Drive on your own or carpool from the triangle parking lot in downtown Princeton.

Triangle Parking lot across from the Princeton Library. (see map page)

Register: $12

Friday, September 7 Evening: Our festival kick-off dinner gets underway at 5:30 at the American Legion in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Our dinner buffet menu will include roast chicken, beef tips, a variety of sides, salads and rolls. After dinner, Operation Migration's Volunteer of the Year will be awarded and Professor Misty McPhee will give an informative  presentation about the Whooping crane reintroduction in Wisconsin. 

Misty has been the lead researcher at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge for the past 3 years and will share her findings in determining the post-hatch/pre-fledge whooping crane chick mortality issue. 

Cash bar available / Silent Auction / Cocktails at 5:30 pm. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm. 

Dress - Casual

Register  $30 


Saturday, September 8th features the all day FREE festival at the Princeton School!

Beginning at 8am, enjoy the pancake breakfast put on by the students of Princeton School!


 Visit the popular marketplace!  Educational Displays  Trivia Night Fun includes pizza/pasta/salad
and a LOT of laughs!

Stroll through the Vendor's and Artisan's area to get a jump on your holiday shopping. See one-of-a-kind items and stop by the educational displays - all while listening to the soothing sounds of Cheryl Murphy and her harp.

CLICK to access our Speakers' line-up!

FREE - Kids can build a bird house or have their face painted. Children's edu-tainer David Stokes will present TWO fun and interactive shows for everyone. Times: 10 am and 1pm. 


So who is David Stokes?

He is that guy with the beard and bald head who happens to be a Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Teacher of the Year and an “Aldo Leopold” award winner. The Northshore United Educators (WEAC) honored David for educational excellence.

David has received the Master Front-line Interpreter award from the National Association for Interpretation. He sings and engages audiences of all ages in nature study.

Using live creatures and animal artifacts, songs and short stories, David gets down with his audiences, and makes learning fun.



Adults - be sure to visit the artisan and vendor area to get a jump on holiday shopping! Browse the great silent auction items and be sure to get in your best bid on your favorite item.

Enjoy lunch served up by the Princeton Lions Club and take in one or all of the speaker sessions. 

Activities for everyone!



 Whooping cranes! (of course)  Facepainting for the kids!  Field Trips


Saturday, September 8, 6pm:  Pizza, Pasta and Trivia party at the VFW Lodge in Princeton.
Cash bar available.

A FUN way to wind down after the festival...

We'll host our 4th annual Crane Trivia challenge to see if "The Colts" trivia team consisting of Nina Lewis, Bev Birks, Teri Bultman and OM's very own Jo-Anne Bellemer can hold onto the Trivia title for a second year! 

Teams are formed at the event and consist of 4 persons so as soon as you get there, start scouting out teammates!

 Register: $15 Includes dinner


 Sunday, September 9, 8am: Details pending


Sunday, September 9 at 10am: Hunting Glass Studio Tour and Demonstration

Attendees will enjoy a demonstration in studio glass production. We will be creating a handblown glass vessel, using a variety of American and Italian glass blowing techniques. We will describe all the processes involved in making the decorative elements that make up the imagery in our work. We will also describe or demonstrate the "cold-working" and polishing processes involved in modern glass art production.


Hunting Glass Studio

W5257 Oak Tree Lane  
Princeton, WI 54968

Register: $15



  Useful Links

Gettin' around (map page)

Registration Page

Accommodations in the area 

Princeton, WI Chamber of Commerce

White River Marsh State Wildlife Area Map





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