Indoor Crane Viewing Experience

Watch Sandhill Cranes return to their river roost from the comfort of the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center.  This program begins with our Crane Behavior Basics class and then follows with crane viewing from the visitor center. Most appropriate for those who wish to avoid cold weather or are unable to make it to our viewing blinds. Visitor center is wheelchair accessible. This experience is NOT ideal for photography.

Reservations can be made on-line or by calling 308-468-5282 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday.  Please review the information below prior to making a reservation.

Tour Start Times: (Note change in start times due to Daylight Saving Time)
5:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.  - March 1- March 9
6:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.  - March 10 - April 7

$20 + taxes and fees/person. Experience lasts approximately three hours.

Pre-payment is required and can be done with Visa, MasterCard & Discover.
Note: Cancellations are refundable up to 14 days prior to your trip, but are subject to a 5% charge on your purchase total.

Where to Meet:
Meet at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center. Directions: Take I-80 Exit 285 (Gibbon exit) and drive south two miles to Elm Island Road, turn west (right) onto Elm Island Road and travel two miles to the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center parking lot entrance located on the north side of the road.

Drive time from south Kearney to the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center is 20-25 minutes.  From Grand Island, drive time is 45-50 minutes.

N 40° 40.178
W 98° 53.088

What to Bring:

  • Binoculars

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