Nature & Visitor Center
The Crane Trust is home to a beautiful Nature and Visitor Center that welcomes guests to the Crane Trust’s rare, protected lands year round—and to the great sandhill crane migration in the spring.
You’ll have full access to the center and when you venture outside, you’ll encounter our butterfly garden, a herd of American bison and roughly 10 miles of nature trails along the Platte River.
» The Hornady Art Gallery
Artists/photographers interested in displaying in the gallery may contact Cheryl Jones, Visitor Center Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Wild About Nature Display
Once inside, visitors will find larger-than-life murals and window graphics depicting Nebraska’s spring migration of sandhill cranes; native wildlife exhibits; and 70-inch touch-screen displays programmed with the latest information on surrounding habitats and Crane Trust research/conservation programs. Also, one of only three special travel kiosks in the state — sponsored by the Nebraska Tourism Commission – gives travelers easy access to updates on attractions and events across the state.
» The Crimson Crown Gift Shop
» Butterfly Garden
With the help of staff and volunteers, the garden was designed to provide food sources desirable to butterfly larvae, while adults would probe flowers for nectar.
The Crane Trust and other organizations have hosted a variety of events in this space, including a Wine & Music Under the Stars event and evening bonfires during fall events.
» Rent Our Facility
The room accommodates up to 17 people. The rectangular table provided comfortably seats 13. Room comes equipped with dim and full lighting, TV, DVD player, and wall mounted white board. Wireless internet access is available. The room is quiet, comfortable, and secluded, with outside windows.
- $200/Half Day (Monday – Friday)
- $300/Full Day (Monday – Friday)
- $300/Half Day (Saturday and evenings)
- $450/Full Day (Saturday and evenings)
Central Meeting Room
Accommodates 100 people lecture style or 75 people banquet style at rectangular tables. Round banquet tables are available and can seat up to 48 comfortably. Room comes equipped with dim and full lighting, 2 big screen TVs, DVD player, sound system, and projection screen wall. Wireless internet access is available. The room is lined with Nebraska art work. Executive Boardroom can be added to this rental, when available, for an additional $50.
- $300 Monday – Friday
- $450 Saturday and evenings
Rental times are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. All other times are considered after hours and are billed at the evening rate. Rates include coffee service in the morning and ice water in the afternoon.