• Conveniently Located
    Conveniently Located

    The nature center is located right off of Interstate 80 and makes a great rest stop any time of the year.

  • Sandhill Crane headquarters
    Sandhill Crane headquarters

    The Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is the place to start your central Nebraska birdwatching adventure.

  • Beasts of the Grasslands
    Beasts of the Grasslands

    The nature center recently added a herd of bison to their prairies. They can be seen grazing as you hike the trails on the property.

  • Year-round family fun
    Year-round family fun

    Walk the trails at your own pace or explore river and prairie with a guided tour.

  • Showing Off
    Showing Off

    The nature center offers an art gallery, gift shop, static displays and meeting rooms year round.

  • Up close and personal
    Up close and personal

    The nature center also offers viewing blind tours in the early morning and evening, your best bet to get as close to the Sandhill Cranes as possible.

Nature & Visitor Center

The Crane Trust protects and maintains the physical, hydrological, and biological integrity of the Platte River's Big Bend area so that it continues to support whooping cranes and other migratory birds species. The trust currently owns and manages about 10,000 acres of land, including a nature center open to the public year-round.

"Nebraska is special to me. I've traveled far and wide, and coming to Nebraska, and seeing and hearing the cranes always restores my soul."
— Jane Goodall

The Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is your headquarters for the Spring Migration of the Sandhill Cranes. The nature center manages numerous blinds along the Platte River and offers public tours during the spring migration for an up close experience with the cranes. A few blinds are reserved for overnight viewing if you want to extend the adventure. A viewing bridge and tower along the river are an easy walk on a paved path from the center.

The center also has a butterfly garden, a growing herd of genetically pure bison and walking trails along the river. Inside you’ll find an art gallery, static wildlife displays and a gift shop. Crane Trust Excursions offer visitors the opportunity to take tailor-made adventures on the river and prairie.

The facility is also available to rent for meetings.