An extremely rare total solar eclipse is coming to the United States on August 21, 2017. Only 14 total solar eclipses have touched U.S. soil in the last one hundred years, the last one occurring in 1991. The Crane Trust has partnered with SolFest, a weekend festival in Hastings, to host an eclipse viewing in a location unlike any other. The Crane Trust’s viewing location features 2 minutes and 33 seconds of totality, one of the longest periods in the nation.

Individuals fly to the remotest deserts, frozen lands and desolate islands just to be in the path of a total eclipse, but not our guests. Come to the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center (9325 S Alda Rd, Wood River, NE 68883) on August 21, 2017 to hear a live speaker and witness the total eclipse.


10:00 a.m. Speaker Diana Nevins will discuss why the eclipse is occurring, what to expect, and safe viewing techniques
11:34 a.m. Beginning of Partial Eclipse
12:58.23-1:00.56 p.m. Total Eclipse (Total Eclipse will last 2 minutes and 33.1 seconds)
2:26 p.m. End of Partial Eclipse

Access to Crane Trust trails is FREE

What to bring:

Your viewing glasses. These will be available for purchase at the event, but purchasing them beforehand will save you a step. You’re encouraged to bring: chairs, umbrellas for shade, closed-toe or good walking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and water.
You can bring your own food and drink, but you are encouraged to “pack it in, pack it out”. Please help us keep our trails clean. No alcoholic beverages
No bicycles or motorized vehicles on any of the Crane Trust trails
No smoking
No RV or trailer parking – Parking will be limited so we encourage you to carpool or take a shuttle from SolFest.