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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

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Address: 9325 S Alda Rd, I-80 Exit #305, Grand Island, NE 68883
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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is the public face of the Platte...

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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Overnight with tens of thousands of cranes

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... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Julie M
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 are "camping" in a wooden blind. Bring warm clothing, a sleeping bag and pad, hot... More 

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Thank Julie M
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

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. More 

Wisconsin
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 recommend.

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

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

New York
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 to dry out on a rainy day)! Word of advice - if you want to... More 

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

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

Cambridge, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Thank betsy1812
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

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. More 

Iowa City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 time, the blank waters of the river had several "gray islands" made up entirely of... More 

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

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

Rapid City, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Crane Trust building has expanded so much in the last twenty years! It is a beautiful facility now. My daughter and I did the evening blind tour last weekend. As always, the experience is amazing! The only negatives to this trip were the fact that the power was out to the building - so no introductory video - but... More 

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to say a few kind words! We'll make sure to address the issues you stated with the appropriate people. More 

Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Add this to your bucket list. Drive to the middle of America (Kearney, Nebraska) and view close-up at the Crane Trust viewing blind the annual arrival of thousands of cranes. They feed during the day in huge flocks in the corn fields which local farmers have incompletely harvested and spend the night in a big bend of the Platte River... More 

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving such a nice review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. The mission of the Crane Trust is to protect and maintain critical habitat for whooping cranes, sandhill cranes and other migratory birds along the Big Bend Region of the Platte River Valley which includes keeping the river and sandbars clear for the roost,... More 

Papillion, Nebraska
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The guides were very knowledgeable and were fun to be around. Just make sure you dress warm. The river is beautiful as the sun comes up and the sound of the Cranes as they wake up is incredible.

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving such a nice review. Glad to hear your enjoyed your time with us. More 

Elk River, Minnesota
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

small snafu at first with guide unable to enter center however he kept us all in the loop as far as plan, got us to blind and what a morning. also one guide stayed with me for a few minutes longer while rest of other patrons returned with the guide who had to leave a bit earlier. awesome! awesome! awesome!... More 

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

So happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and fulfilled a bucket list item. Thank you for taking the time to leave a nice review. More 

Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've noticed people stopping by off I-80 and being totally surprised at the beautiful visitor center celebrating the Sandhill crane spring migration phenomenon. From the gift shop to the educational videos to the snack bar, the staff and volunteers are there for you! The center is open all year, but the most tourists come during March for the morning and... More 

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

We're glad you stopped in, Linda! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. More 

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