Photo Workshops That Also Support Conservation

Photograph one of nature’s oldest and largest migrations of over half-a-million Sandhill Cranes as they arrive along the Platte River during the spring at the Crane Trust in Wood River, Nebraska. The Crane Trust is offering two new Photo Workshops this coming 2017 migration season to capture unforgettable moments while supporting the Crane Trust’s conservation efforts.

© Cheryl Opperman - Crane Trust Photo Workshop Instructor

© Cheryl Opperman

Work with elite nature, wildlife and conservation photographers in an experience like no other. You’ll witness the largest sandhill crane roost in the world and capture absolutely stunning photographs. Document thousands of cranes filling brilliantly colored skies, as well as mating pairs dancing in the shallow waters of the river. There is no other location that offers such a large variety of photographic opportunities with these magnificent birds.

Crane Trust Photo Workshops are designed for the intermediate and advanced photographer using a digital SLR camera. Participants will have numerous opportunities to photograph from custom built Crane Trust VIP photo blinds on the Platte River as thousands of sandhill cranes leave the river at first light and return to the river at sunset. Additionally, we will photograph cranes and other migrating waterfowl from nearby county roads, as well as get up close to the Crane Trust’s genetically pure bison herd as they roam the prairie. Midday we will download and edit images, have group and individual critiques, and attend lectures about photography, the Platte River, and the Crane Trust’s conservation efforts. You’ll not only improve your photography, but will also make a significant difference to the Crane Trust’s conservation efforts.

© Michael Forsberg - Crane Trust Photo Workshop Instructor

© Michael Forsberg

Your all-inclusive workshop tuition includes delicious meals and lodging in elegant cottages located at the Crane Trust headquarters, steps away from the workshop classroom and a short distance from the blind. If the cottage’s windows were open, you could hear the Sandhill Cranes sing as you drift off to sleep. You’ll also have extra opportunities to converse with your instructors while you enjoy your meals. Transportation during your stay is included.

At the end of the workshop, there will be an opportunity to display your favorite photo at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center’s Hornady Art Gallery for the general public to view and enjoy. You will also receive a souvenir book capturing memories from your unforgettable experience.


2017 Photo Workshop:

© Rick Rasmussen - Crane Trust Photo Workshop Instructor

© Rick Rasmussen

Rick Rasmussen and Cheryl Opperman Photo Workshop: March 20-24, 2017

Workshops are limited to a maximum of 10 participants so reserve your spot as soon as you can. For more details and tuition cost, visit For additional questions, please call Ben Dumas, Excursion Manager, at 308.384.4633 or email

1 Comment

  • sanji bedi says:

    Really, it is very useful photo workshop to motivate the photographers who are at the advanced level and use a digital camera. I convey thanks to the organizer.

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