The Crane Trust’s Wild Rose Ranch is located in south-central Nebraska on 4,500 continuous acres of native grassland prairie and wet meadows that are owned and managed by the Crane Trust.
This rare ecosystem includes an uninterrupted seven-mile stretch of the historic Platte River, which has been preserved by the Crane Trust to mirror the unique and extraordinary habitat that has been used by the endangered whooping crane and two sub-species of sandhill cranes for millennia.
The main ranch facility includes the headquarters office, research laboratory, guest bunkhouse, Legacy Cabins, meeting/dining facilities, private crane-viewing blinds, and an outdoor deck and observation platform with breathtaking views of the tallgrass prairie and Platte River waterway.
In 2012, the Crane Trust acquired the Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center to help fulfill its mission by providing a more active gateway and resource for community outreach and education. The nature and visitor center welcomes guests to the Crane Trust’s rare, protected lands year round—and to the great sandhill crane migration in the spring. Outside you’ll find roughly 10 miles of nature trails along the Platte River, a herd of American bison, 35-foot observation tower and an outdoor picnic area in the butterfly garden. Inside there is an impressive array of nature-related fine art and photography in the fine art gallery, rental spaces including a central meeting room, executive boardroom, and catering kitchen and the Crimson Crown gift shop.