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.

Come inside to discover our interactive Flyway Map and migratory species display. Shop the Crimson Crown Gift Shop and view magnificent photographs and art in the Hornady Art Gallery. Venture out the back doors to find the butterfly garden and a small research herd of American bison along the path to a 35-foot observation tower. If you'd like to keep exploring, cross two footbridges to access nature trails along the Platte River. We have something for everyone!

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

Phone: (308) 382-1820

MARCH Visitor Center Hours

Daily 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (before time change); 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (after time change)
Crimson Crown Gift Shop CLOSES 30 minutes before Visitor Center closes during March

Nature Trails open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in March
(Trail hours vary to protect roosting and/or loafing cranes in the area.)

April - February Visitor Center Hours

Monday – Saturday, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Closed on holidays and December 25 – January 1

April - February Nature Trail Hours

Daily 9:00am – 5:00pm