Crane Meadows Nature Center


Monday through Friday - 9 to 5
Saturdays - 10 to 4
Spring migration (March 1 to April 7th) - 8am to 6 pm

Visitor Center:
FREE (donations welcomed)
Crane Meadows grounds:
$3.50 (includes tax)

Crane Meadows Calendar of Events

For a more detailed listing of guest speakers and events during spring migration, please revisit our web site after February 15, 2007.

Tour and Program Refunds and Cancellations
We will cancel and refund crane tour reservations only when I-80 is closed.

Self guided tours
If you prefer to be “on your own,” stop by the Crane Meadows Visitor Center and pick-up a Central Nebraska Wildlife Viewing Map.

At dawn and dusk, visitors can view Sandhill Crane flights from the public viewing platform on Alda Road. During the day, cranes forage in the farm fields on both sides of I-80. PLEASE resist the temptation to stop along the road and get out of your car. Cranes are afraid of humans on foot. They will fly away.

It is dangerous to stop on rural roads. Farm fields are private property. Please respect the rights of the people who live here - do not pull onto farm roads and block driveways. Please use the two “designated parking” areas for crane-watchers on South Platte River Road.

Group Tours and buses are WELCOME!!

Buses and RVs
The lot in front of the visitor center building is for cars only. Buses
will drop off visitors in front of the building and park across the
street to the west.

We We do not allow pets in the facilities. If you travel with your pets, please ask for the designated area to walk them. Seeing-eye dogs are always welcome.

Spring Events:

Additional programs are planned but not yet scheduled. Please revisit the web site after February 15, 2007, for a complete list of

Visitor Center facilities include:
Walking trails through the prairie, a treetop observation tower and two “accessible” pedestrian bridges spanning the middle channel of the Platte River.

Allow adequate time to visit the exhibit areas, indoor bird viewing
area and gift shop - stocked with distinctive made-in-Nebraska
products (food, beverages, clothing, jewelry, books and art).

Check your email:
We provide free high-speed internet access and wi-fi.

There are no camping and RV facilities at Exit 305. Please contact the Grand Island and Hastings Visitors Bureaus for information on campgrounds.