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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

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We were privileged to visit an evening blind tour on Thur March 21, 2019. Our guides were very... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bill A
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Lincoln, Nebraska
You do not have to be a birdwatcher to appreciate this place

Sand-Hill Crane Migration and Snow Geese Migration: these are two grandiose phenomena that... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
ihor s
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Toronto, Canada
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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...more
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9325 S Alda Rd, I-80 Exit #305, Grand Island, NE 68883-9565
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Reviewed yesterday

We were privileged to visit an evening blind tour on Thur March 21, 2019. Our guides were very knowledgeable and the sandhill cranes were amazing! As the sun set & in the twilight darkness the beautiful cranes descended on the river by the thousands like...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Bill A
Reviewed 2 days ago

Sand-Hill Crane Migration and Snow Geese Migration: these are two grandiose phenomena that Nebraska/Platte River offer to all nature lovers of the WORLD!!! Not only Americans!!! To see something like this .... you are forever left totally immersed in nature, in its beauty, in its...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ihor s
Nikki C, Relationship Coordinator at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for taking the time to leave a great review! Please come again soon.

Reviewed 3 days ago

A group of friends from various parts of the country wanted to gather to experience the Sandhill Crane migration in their home State of Nebraska. We decided to make it a couples event and chose the VIP Experience because for some it would be a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank NEraised
Nikki C, Relationship Coordinator at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the fantastic review! We are glad you enjoyed your VIP experience and all that it entailed. If you get the chance, please come visit us again.

Reviewed 3 days ago

The building is a terrific place to take a break from driving at any time. The amenities are first class. The photographs and paintings are exciting. The volunteers are friendly and knowlegeable. The trails are well marked and well kept. The traveler could spend as...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Galynn F
Nikki C, Relationship Coordinator at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for the great review, Galynn. We are glad you enjoyed all the Nature and Visitor Center has to offer and come back soon!

Reviewed 4 days ago

It was fun and I saw lots of interesting wildlife! The weather was nice and you were able to see the skies clearly.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jacqueline B
Nikki C, Relationship Coordinator at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for the 5-stars, Jacqueline! We are glad you saw lots of wildlife. Come again soon.

Reviewed 5 days ago

They run guided morning and evening tours to watch the cranes roost, very spectacular. Nice film on the crane biology. The cranes are on the river for two months, mid-Feb. to mid-April, that's the time to good. Very knowledgeable staff.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank snhandel
Nikki C, Relationship Coordinator at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! We are glad you enjoyed our facilities.

Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I booked the morning blind viewing group for March 17 at the Crane Trust. The idea was to get there early enough to catch the Sandhill cranes lifting up from the river at daybreak, a sight that is said to be breathtaking....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ElliesBoo
Nikki C, Relationship Coordinator at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for the review, Ellies. We are very sorry you didn't get to see the lift-off you wanted but we are glad you enjoyed the experience regardless. Come again soon!

Reviewed 6 days ago

I started stopping in for a break from I-80 a few years ago, but this year I made it a destination. The staff are friendly and great ambassadors for wildlife and habitat preservation. You can wander to the river, see beautiful artwork in the gallery,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kathy H
Nikki C, Relationship Coordinator at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the great review, Kathy! We take pride in our mission and sharing it with people like you.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful thing the Crane Trust is doing for these birds and prairie habitat. After a 2 day Photo Safari I left with amazing visions of massive Crane flights over their traditional rest stop. Everyone at the Trust was so pleasant and helpful. Everything...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Photogypsy434
Nikki C, Relationship Coordinator at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for the 5-stars! We are glad you had a good time. Please come again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

My first time to see the Cranes was in 2018 and we did an afternoon blind tour and was a little disappointed in the results, but was really outside of the Crane Trusts control. This time in 2019 we did the morning blind, and while...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mdowdall88
Nikki C, Relationship Coordinator at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the 5-stars! We are glad the birds didn't disappoint this year. If you are a photographer we would recommend going to our tripod blind, or one of our photography blinds through an Overnight Photography Tour next time. Hope to see you again soon.

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1traveler49
7 August 2017|
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Response from josiedevault | Property representative |
If you are passing through in August, you may find all sorts of things to do at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center. Aside from the fine art gallery, gift shop and educational displays inside, there are miles of hiking... More
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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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You can book tours by calling the visitor center at 308-382-1820/
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