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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

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Address: 9325 S Alda Road, I-80 Exit #305, Grand Island, NE 68883
Phone Number: +1 308-382-1820
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is the public face of the Platte River...
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 5 miles of walking trails, an observation tower, small 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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Crane education

Saw oodles of cranes here and learned a lot from the knowledgeable staff. Don't miss it if you're in Nebraska during crane season.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Portland, OR USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Saw oodles of cranes here and learned a lot from the knowledgeable staff. Don't miss it if you're in Nebraska during crane season.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Drove out to see the migration of the sandhill cranes. The visitor center gave a great introduction of what we were going to see. If you are interested in seeing the cranes stop here first and they will give you the low down. Very informative.

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

A magnificent spectacle of nature that's not to be missed. Dress WARM and if at all possible, book 2 days in case the cranes don't cooperate and they don't appear one of the days.

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Sturtevant
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The Crane Trust Nature & Visitors Center is Located Off of I-80 Exit 312 South and is just right off of the exit. From there if you proceed south on Alda road approx 1.5 mile to Shoemaker Island Road. There is an observation bridge to view the cranes on the Platte River at sunrise and sunset. Go another .5 miles... More 

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Omaha
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Each springr 500,000 sandhill cranes transit the center part of Nebraska on their way to summer breeding grounds. This migration is listed on many bird watching lists as among the ten best places in the world to see birds. If you have not seen the birds you are cheating yourself. This year I went to the Crane Trust blinds in... More 

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Emmaus
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259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This is a very nice Nature Center close to the biggest concentration of Sandhill Cranes in the state during migration. Try to be here from early-March to mid-April to see the largest number of birds.

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MN
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Stopped here to get information about the Cranes. Everyone was very knowledgeable and more than willing to go the extra mile to help out, provide directions, and times we should be out to see the cranes arrive and leave. Lots of good information in the Center itself, wonderful pictures.

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The magnificent views in the sky lines, the wonderful displays and the knowledge of the woman at the desk. A clean place full of historical information. The public platform for viewing was well kept and located right at the Platte River.

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Minneapolis, MN
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

If you are at the center to see the sandhill crane migration, be sure to walk the path. Lots of information in the center, and good guides for the viewing. And don't miss the buffalo, a herd of 40 genetically pure bison!

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Overland Park
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Great facility, trail and tours. Nice gallery and gift shop. The staff was very knowledgable. Took the sunrise crane tour. Very nice

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Additional Information about Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

Address: Address: 9325 S Alda Road, I-80 Exit #305, Grand Island, NE 68883
Phone Number: +1 308-382-1820
Location: United States  >  Nebraska (NE)  >  Grand Island
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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