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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

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Sandhill Crane viewing

Our visit to the Crane Trust visitor center and blind tour was well worth it. An experience that we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tom D
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Galena, Ohio
A Great Stop!

A great stop just off of I-80. Very informative visitor center. Free but be sure to leave a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tom F
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Perrysburg, Ohio
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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 1 week ago

Our visit to the Crane Trust visitor center and blind tour was well worth it. An experience that we will always remember. If you can do only one blind tour, I would recommend the evening tour. Wave after wave of cranes flying in to roost...More

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Nikki C, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the 5-star review, Tom! We hope to see you next crane season.

Reviewed 1 week ago

A great stop just off of I-80. Very informative visitor center. Free but be sure to leave a donation when you leave to support there work. Two very informative videos one on the Cranes and one Bison. Peak Crane migration is in March. Other times...More

Thank Tom F
Nikki C, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your 5-star review, Tom! We are glad you enjoyed the videos and found your experience informative. Stop by again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked the trip as an opportunity to observe and photograph the Sandhill Crane migration. Our guides were knowledgeable and polite and the photo blind was wonderful. The weather was perfect and we had a fantastic time. We even got photos of a solitary Whooper...More

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Nikki C, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your five-star review, John! We are glad you had a great time watching the cranes, were able to see a whooping crane and had nice weather. We hope to see you again this upcoming crane season!

Reviewed 25 June 2018

Didn't see any cranes during a brief morning visit; however, the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Took a brief hike and the scenery was just beautiful.

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Nikki C, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review! The cranes usually come through during March but we are happy you enjoyed the scenic views and our staff. If you can, you should travel back in March when we have up to 600,000 cranes!

Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

Come when the cranes are here. Mid October or mid March usually. The morning is best as the cranes in the river get ready to take off to feed for the day A bucket list mustMore

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Rick. The Sandhill Cranes gathering in astonishing numbers during the spring, usually late February to early April. They tend to pass over in the Fall, stopping only briefly and not in great numbers like in...More

Reviewed 11 April 2018

A must see! The staff are very knowledgeable. They will direct you to the best crane viewing sites. Take a short walk to see the natural tall grass prairie as it was hundreds of years ago. Take binoculars to see the bison and scads of...More

Thank ancientmoods
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review!

Reviewed 9 April 2018

We traveled from out of state for the Sandhill Crane migration and booked an evening blind tour with Crane Trust. It was in an excellent location - right in front of a roost that was even larger than the one near Rowe Sanctuary. Got to...More

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are happy to hear you had an excellent viewing experience and saw or heard a nice variety of wildlife. We are sorry to hear you were disappointed in the viewing windows. The full front...More

Reviewed 7 April 2018

Overnighted in one of the blinds on the river for wonderful photography opportunity. A one of a kind experience.

Thank Olivia S
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

We couldn't agree more! Thank you for your 5-star review, Olivia!

Reviewed 6 April 2018

Reserved a guided sunrise tour at the Crane Trust group blind. Arrived before sunrise to slip quietly into the blind by the river. As it grew light enough to see, what had looked like large, dark islands in the river were instead revealed to be...More

Thank Julie M
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Such a beautiful description, Julie! Thank you for leaving such a great review!

Reviewed 5 April 2018

I took my 2 grandchildren on a road trip to see the sandhill cranes. It was a great experience to see the thousands and thousands of birds. We stopped at the Crane Trust and the staff were so helpful and knowledgeable! And the Center is...More

Thank Pat5225B
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

We're thrilled to hear you brought your grandchildren out to experience the migration. Thank you for stopping at our center and leaving a wonderful review!

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1traveler49
7 August 2017|
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Response from Josie D | 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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