Crane Trust’s 40th Anniversary

The Crane Trust is celebrating 40 years of conservation work along the Big Bend Region of the Platte River Valley. We wish to show our gratitude to the community that supports our efforts by having several days of fun activities and events on our historic prairie. Help us kick off the next 40 years of meaningful work at the Crane Trust.



» Thursday, May 31st +
Tri-Cities Business After Hours | 5:00PM-7:00PM

All Regional Chamber Members are invited to come explore the historic prairie from our private headquarters location during the Tri-Cities Business After Hours. You can tour the Crane Trust VIP accommodations, photograph our bison herd and enjoy breathtaking views of the prairie. Free drinks and appetizers provided.

Go 2.7 miles southeast of the Nature Center to 6611 W Whooping Crane Dr., Wood River, NE 68883.

Crane Trust Business After Hours Flyer

» Friday, June 1st +

Third Annual Great Plains Art Show & sale / Artist Reception | 5:00pm-7:00pm

We hope to see you at our 40th Anniversary celebration kickoff! You will meet artists from our third annual art show and sale and enjoy music by a symphony harpist along with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. We have invited many of the Friends of the Trust and look forward to hosting everyone for a delightful evening of art, conversation and good company.

Featured Artists:
Abby Jensen
Deb Goodenberger
Desiree Hajny
Diana Robinson
Cheryl Opperman
Ingrid Finn
Jack Nordeen
Jean Jensen
Jennifer Radil
Jerry Hall
Jim McClelland
Jim Miklavcic
Judy Martindale
Julie Crocker
Kathy Chase
Kris Khan
Kristine Chavez
Paula Wallace
Rick Rasmussen
Ron Jensen
Roy Swoboda
Susan Tubens
Terry Koopman

» Saturday, June 2nd +

Buffalo Stampede Bike Ride | 8:00AM – REGISTER HERE

10, 35, and 45 Mile Ride
In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, we are hosting the first annual Buffalo Stampede bike ride! Rider check-in begins at 8:00am and the ride begins at 9:00am. There will be 35-mile and 45-mile route options as well as a 10-mile family route. All routes are on the road and will have rest stops for riders.

Register by Mon., May 14th to receive a ride t-shirt. Follow the link above to register for the ride.


Third Annual Great Plains Art Show & Sale
Live Music, Food Trucks and Family Friendly Activities | 12:00PM – 5:00PM
12PM – 3PM: The Bottle Tops
Come enjoy this husband and wife duo, Mike and Kerry Semrad, that share a kindred spirit of music. Kerry, coming from a background of gospel and blues, lends vocals to Mike’s country and rock influences to make a sound that can only be described as Americana.

12PM – 5PM: Family friendly activities will be taking place throughout the day including our exploratory touch tanks with reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery will have birds of prey on site (exact time TBD). There will also be guided educational hikes every hour with photo opportunities and don’t miss our genetically pure bison near the 35-foot observation tour and two footbridges.

Wine and beer will be available along with a Angus McGee’s Food Truck and Tropical Sno / Hastings snow cone truck.

» Sunday, June 3rd +

Third Annual Great Plains Art Show & Sale

This will be the final day of the art show and sale. Come out to view and support Nebraska artists and spend the day on the prairie.

Featured Artists:
Rick Rasmussen / Grand Island, NE
Jude Martindale / Lincoln, NE
Deb Goodenberger / McCook,NE
Jennifer Radil / Omaha, NE

» Tuesday, June 5th - Wednesday, June 6th +

13th Platte River Basin Ecosystem Symposium

Restoring, conserving, and understanding the Central Platte River Valley from wet meadows to Whooping Cranes: where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going.

As part of our 40th anniversary celebration at the Crane Trust, we will be hosting the 13th Platte River Basin Ecosystem Symposium on June 5th and 6th of 2018. Originally coordinated by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Platte Watershed Program and funded by the Environmental Protection Agency from 1990 to 2001, the conference sought to increase cooperation and shared understanding of conservation issues in the Platte River Basin. With the support of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Water Center, we are reconvening this conference with the same intent. After over 40 years of conservation work by a wide variety of organizations it is a good time to take stock of where we are at and where we are going. The focus of conservation in the Platte River Valley has broadened to include a wider variety of species, we have learned a significant amount regarding our ecosystem, and new conservation threats have emerged in recent decades. On June 5th the symposium will convene at 8:00 am for presentations followed by an interactive workshop highlighting conservation needs and knowledge gaps on the morning of June 6th.

Registration: $25 for professionals and general public, $10 for students. Meals and snacks included.

13th Platte River Basin Ecosystem Symposium Schedule