How To Help

Become a Member

The Crane Trust is a self-sustaining non-profit organization that depends on your generous support to protect and preserve critical habitat for the endangered whooping crane, sandhill cranes, and other migratory birds along the Platte River for years to come. 

Thank you in advance for your generous support. It allows us to make a difference in habitat protection, habitat restoration, and outreach efforts to expose and spread our mission to the community. Your support goes a long way.

Please complete the registration form below for an annual membership. Memberships do not automatically renew so you have the option to renew it each year.


Donor Levels

MEMBER | $75-$99

GOLD MEMBER | $100-$249

  • Access to the Virtual Crane Tours live webcam during crane season
  • 10% discount in the Crimson Crown Gift Shop
  • Additional exclusive content throughout the year



TRAILBLAZER | $500-$999

Friends of the Trust and Trailblazers receive an annual, professionally printed, hardcover crane season book each spring with a variety of wonderful high-resolution pictures we all love from that crane season. In addition, Friends of the Trust and Trailblazers have access to priority VIP experience bookings for each crane season, and as a friend, we will do all we can to support any special requests you may have.


AMBASSADOR | $1000-$1499

CRIMSON COUNCIL | $1500-$2499

As an Ambassador or Crimson Council member, your thoughts and feelings towards the Trust and our work are vitally important. Members will, of course, receive the annual crane season photo book, but in addition, you will receive a quarterly personal letter from Crane Trust Chief Executive Officer Chuck Cooper, providing behind-the-scenes information on the challenges and triumphs the Trust experiences. You will receive priority VIP experience bookings and are encouraged to contact Chuck directly with any questions or concerns you may have.



TRUSTEE’S COUNCIL | $5000 and above

The President’s Council and Trustee’s Council are very important groups. These donors receive all of the above, plus each crane season, they are invited to the Crane Trust on a special night designated as the President’s Council VIP Crane Viewing Experience. During this time, you can meet with other members of this group and be briefed on the latest news from the Crane Trust. In addition, should you and your family wish to use our cottages outside of crane season when the Trust property is in full bloom, every possible effort will go into making your trip a memorable one. You may also contact the CEO directly and expect an immediate reply.


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*As a member, you will receive emails with important instructions for the Virtual Crane Tours, as well as updates from the Crane Trust throughout the year.

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