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“Great place to experience the Platte River”

Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed September 1, 2012

This nature center is a hidden gem located at Exit 305 on I-80. A short walk gets you to a channel of the Platte River. On your way you'll see their young bison herd. There's a cool observation tower that's about 25 feet tall so you get great views of the river valley. Two pedestrian bridges cross the river allowing you to hike the wet meadow prairie on the island to the south. The nature center offers dawn and evening tours during the Sandhill and whooping crane migration each spring. During the tours you stand on the south bridge and have cranes a short distance from you feeding both in the wet meadow and standing in the river. This is a bucket list experience. Since the nature center is right off Interstate 80, it is a great place to stop to stretch your legs and engage your mind on a trip across Nebraska. The Center recently changed it 's name to the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center.

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Reviewed January 8, 2012

great place to go in the spring and view the cranes and other water fowl

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Reviewed December 30, 2011

There is a good hiking trail that goes to the Platte River. Visitors from states far away visit this area.

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Reviewed March 21, 2010

Nothing to do there except bird watch. If that's your kind of thing (and apparently some people like to do it, because that's the only time we get tourists here) then go for it, but otherwise, try something else.

5  Thank CarouselRiot
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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2015

Thank you for visiting the Nature & Visitor Center and taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate our visitors critiques and hope to keep expanding and improving the experience here. Since 2010 we have introduced many new experiences and features. We now have a heard of over 50 head of genetically pure bison, there's over 10 miles of hiking trails with new informational displays being installed, there are touch-screens in the lobby full of information, videos and more plus a beautiful art gallery and gift shop! Please come by for a visit to discover the improved Nature & Visitor Center if you're able.

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Reviewed March 29, 2017
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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2017

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