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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