Crane Safari EdVenture

The Minnesota Zoo and the Crane Trust are excited to invite you on an ancient flight of discovery. National Geographic has called it one of the greatest wildlife phenomena in North America. 50,000 cranes come, as they have for thousands of years, to this incomparable stretch of the Platte River to rest, feed, and gather in astonishing numbers before pushing on to their breeding grounds in the north. Now, as never before, you can experience the wonder of North America’s great Sandhill crane migration on rare Crane Trust lands in south central Nebraska, in this unique itinerary developed only for the Minnesota Zoo.

Spend three days and two nights watching the cranes from unique viewing blinds, learning from naturalists and biologists, viewing the local bison herds, and taking hiking and driving tours in the area along the river. Enjoy delicious meals, stargaze from the ranch’s outdoor deck, and stay in comfortable cabins nearby. This is a must-do trip for birders, photographers, and anyone interested in a unique view of prairie ecosystems.

This trip requires being able to walk a quarter mile over grassy, uneven terrain in seven-ten minutes (a normal walking pace). No pets, please.

Please find more detailed information in this link Crane Safari 2019 Itinerary, Packing List, & Other Info.

Dates: March 13-15, 2019
We will meet in Grand Island, NE on March 13th. You are responsible for your own transportation between your point of origin and Grand Island. Please arrive sometime before 4 p.m. on March 13th and the program officially concludes around noon on March 15th.
Age: Adults age 21+
Cost: $785/person for double occupancy (additional $785 for solo travelers if you need your own room, otherwise solo travelers will be paired up in double rooms)*

Register Online – We have opened up 2 more spots! Due to lodging availability, we can only add 1 female traveling alone and 1 male traveling alone. 

Trip Leader: Carol Strecker, Director of Education

If you have any questions or would like to be placed on the interested list for any future trips please email [email protected].