Nature & Visitor Center

Nature & Visitor Center

The Crane Trust is home to a beautiful Nature and Visitor Center that welcomes guests to the Crane Trust’s rare, protected lands year round—and to the great Sandhill Crane migration in the spring.

For COVID-19 safety reasons, please wear a mask and social distance when visiting the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

Come inside to discover the Wild About Nature Display including murals and touch-screens full of information, shop the Crimson Crown Gift Shop and view magnificent photographs and art in the Hornady Art Gallery. When you venture outside you’ll encounter the butterfly garden, a small research herd of American bison along the path to a 35-foot observation tower which is near two footbridges leading to roughly 10 miles of nature trails along the Platte River.

Address: 9325 South Alda Road
Wood River, NE 68883
Exit 305 towards Alda

Phone: (308) 382-1820

Normal Hours: 

Monday – Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hours change during migration season; Closed for holidays (including the week between December 25 and January 1).

Our trails are open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.