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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

9325 S Alda Rd, I-80 Exit #305, Grand Island, NE 68883
+1 308-382-1820
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Wonderful and informative

We love stopping at the Crane Trust nature center! Gives you an up close and personal view of many... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kloverfield
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Nebraska
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A cool experience.....

We visited the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center as part of the Nebraska Passport program and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
AlexanderDelarge
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is the public face of the Platte River Whooping Crane Maintenance Trust. We are a nonprofit whose mission is the preservation and restoration of Platte River Valley habitat for whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, and other migratory birds. The Nature & Visitor Center has 10 miles of walking trails, an observation tower, a bison herd, art gallery, gift shop, and informational exhibits about cranes. We also offer tourism information for the state of Nebraska. During the spring crane migration, we offer viewing blind tours to see cranes up close on their river roosts, and driving maps of the area so visitors can see the cranes while they are in the fields feeding.
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
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9325 S Alda Rd, I-80 Exit #305, Grand Island, NE 68883
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+1 308-382-1820
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love stopping at the Crane Trust nature center! Gives you an up close and personal view of many local wildlife displays including a whooping crane. Great location just west of Grand Island and right off I-80.

Thank kloverfield
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to leave a nice review. We truly appreciate it.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center as part of the Nebraska Passport program and loved it! The location is very easy to find as it is located directly south of I-80 off of Exit 305, about 15 minutes west of Grand Island....More

1  Thank AlexanderDelarge
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us and for your detailed review. We're are happy to hear you enjoyed your stop!

Reviewed 23 May 2017

Awesome stuff to do and beyond educational (the fun kind). Had a birthday here years ago and it was really special. Something for everyone and def. something you will all remember!

Thank Nattie G
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for leaving a wonderful review.

Reviewed 11 May 2017

It was a well organized event with things to do and see at the meeting point before leaving for the site. The actual viewing location is a short drive from the headquarters. It is a nice sized blind close to the river (it's a shed...More

1  Thank Eddie919
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2017

Thank you for your detailed review. We appreciate you taking the time to write it and are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 27 April 2017

This is an exceptional educational experience when looking to learn about and see the Sandhill Cranes.

Thank shellynlsn1
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your experience.

Reviewed 20 April 2017

I stayed in the overnight blind. Although I don't doubt that this would not be for everyone, for those who come prepared to spend a possibly very cold night on the ground, this is a premium spot to camp out. Instead of a tent, you...More

Thank Julie M
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2017

Sounds like you had quite the experience. Thank you for sharing it and leaving such a nice review. We'd love to see your photos if you have them on a website. Please share it on our facebook page.

Reviewed 12 April 2017

Viewing the sandhill crane migration from a Crane Trust blind is a great, up-close experience. Dress warm and you'll be amazed at the sights and sounds of these magnificent birds as they circle the sky and prepare to roost along the Platte River overnight. Highly...More

Thank Lowland76
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. We hope you join us again next year. Thanks for the wonderful review!

Reviewed 8 April 2017

Although the cranes are EVERYWHERE in the fields during migration, a visit to the CraneTrust visitor center really enhanced our experience. They have maps that help you explore on your own, wonderfully helpful and friendly volunteers, and an informative video (plus a clean, warm place...More

Thank OutandAbouttheWorld
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience at our Nature Center. We're so happy you enjoyed yourself and hope you come back again!

Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

The Sandhill crane migration is almost over but there is still much to see and do. Very nice and informative volunteers and staff. Highly recommend.

Thank betsy1812
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

You are so right! There is so much to do out here! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and for leaving such a nice review.

Reviewed 5 April 2017

We did an evening bird blind tour and will never forget the sense of wonder and joy watching wave after wave of birds land first across the river from our blind and then begin to roost on the sandbars in the river. In a short...More

Thank Dana5169
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

Your review paints a wonderful picture of the experience. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to articulate your time with us.

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ChgoJudyMc
21 March 2015|
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Response from Karen K | Property representative |
There's always something to see here! June will find the prairie wildflowers blooming in abundance, and grassland birds will be everywhere. Our smaller bison herd is on exhibition at the nature and visitor center year-round... More
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Marilyn E
27 January 2015|
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Response from Karen K | Property representative |
You can book tours by calling the visitor center at 308-382-1820/
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Marilyn E
22 January 2015|
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The Whooping Cranes migrate through at a later time than the Sandhill Cranes, generally late March through April. Their migration is vastly different from the Sandhills; given that there are just over 300 in this migratory... More
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