Visit Crex Meadows in October for our annual Fall Wildlife Festival! There will be Sandhill Crane Tours, property tours, an archery range, mucking in the education pond, live animals, and more! Some events may require pre-registration. Call the Visitor Center for more information or to register.


Morning with the Sandhills Tour

7:30 am– 9:30 am

Take a guided tour through Crex Meadows to watch the Sandhill Cranes fly out from their nighttime roosting grounds to their daytime feeding grounds. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

Raptor Center

10:00 am– 11:00 am

Join us for a presentation by the Raptor Center about birds in Wisconsin & Minnesota! This program will include a  LIVE  Bald Eagle!

Raptor Center Interpretive Booth

11:00 pm– 12:00 pm

Join the Raptor Center of MN after their presentation for an interpretive booth featuring LIVE ANIMALS!

Wildlife Ecology

11:00 pm– 12:00 pm

Join Chris Cold, WI DNR Wildlife Technician, for a presentation on Wildlife Ecology. This program will include LIVE ANIMALS!!

Sunset with the Sandhills Tour

5:00 pm– 7:00 pm

Take a guided bus tour through Crex Meadows to watch the Sandhill Cranes fly in from their daytime feeding grounds to their nightly roosting grounds. Also learn about the natural history of Sandhill Cranes, and why they are able to thrive in our area. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Archery Range

9:30am– 2:00 pm

Come learn how to shoot a compound bow! We will have several different targets out that both kids and adults can practice shooting at! Hit a bullseye to win a prize. Ages 10+.


Family Activities Classroom

10:00 am– 1:00 pm

Come to the classroom and surrounding trails for family activities including hikes, mucking in the pond, scavenger hunts, snacks, and more!


Mess Hall Fundraiser Lunch

11:00 am start

Join the Friends of Crex for a lunch in support of the Mess Hall Fund. Wild rice soup and sandwiches will be served. Donations are always appreciated!


Primitive Weapons Demonstration

1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Join Arthur Boehm for a demonstration on making primitive weapons. Learn about which materials are used and why, and learn how raw materials are harvested, processed and assembled to make the tools and weapons hat were an important part of survival for primitive cultures. 




  • Occurred Saturday, October 12th, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Occurred Saturday, October 12th, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Occurred Saturday, October 12th, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

102 E Crex Ave
Grantsburg, WI 54840

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is located in beautiful Burnett County, just north of the Village of Grantsburg. At 30,000 acres, Crex is one of the largest state owned wildlife areas in Wisconsin. Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is managed to provide opportunities