Platte River: Crane Safari

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 southcentral Nebraska, in this unique itinerary developed only for the Minnesota Zoo.

We’ll 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. We’ll enjoy delicious meals and 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 new education of prairie ecosystems.

Dates: March 8th-10th, 2017
We will meet in Grand Island, NE on March 8th. You are responsible for your own transportation between your point of origin and Grand Island. Please arrive sometime before 4 p.m. on March 8 and the program officially concludes around noon on the 10th.
Age: Adults age 21+
Cost: $740/person for double occupancy (additional $740 for solo travelers if you need your own room, otherwise solo travelers will be paired up in double rooms)*
CEUs: Available upon request

Registration Deadline: February 10, 2017

*If you want the solo room option, please email us and we will add that add-on to your order after you register.

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.

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If you would like more information, or to be placed on the interested list for any future trips, please e-mail Liz Dengate at