Audubon's Nebraska Crane Festival

March 22-25, 2018

Photo: Erv Nichols

Festival registration is now open. Click here to begin your registration.

Directions for Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival registration.

To assist you through the registration process, please read the following:

Registrations can be done for one person or a group. Groups will be registered one person at a time; at checkout you will be able to pay for everyone in your group with one payment.

Note: Your registration fee ($150/adult, $60/student, and $20 for child) provides meals at the Holiday Inn for Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday morning (plus Friday lunch if offered) and access to all speakers and presentations. Field trips have separate charges that will be paid along with your registration fee in step 6 below.

The registration fee does not include your hotel room. You will need to arrange for your room(s) on your own. Kearney has lots of places to stay, but rooms fill up fast as the town is busy during March. (Exception: the two overnight prairie grouse trips have lodging included in trip fees.)

  1. After clicking the registration link, begin with the first person you are registering by selecting General Attendee (adult) or College Student. (If you are a student – high school or above – but not at a college, you may select this option.) Children (ages 12 and under) may be added at step four below. Fill out the personal information (items in red are required) and click NEXT.

  2. Select the field trips you wish to purchase. If you do not want to purchase a trip, click NEXT (at bottom of page).

  3. To sign up a child, select ADD CHILD, and continue with step 2 above. If you are not signing up a child, click NEXT.

  4. Review your choices. If you wish to register another person, select ADD PERSON and begin filling out information for that person (step 2). If you don’t know the person's specific information (e-mail address, phone number, etc.), that’s okay, just use your information EXCEPT for the e-mail; each person will need a different e-mail address (you can use a different one of your e-mails if you wish). When all guests have been registered and you are ready to checkout, select FINISHED ADDING PEOPLE to complete registration.

  5. Choose your method of payment and fill out necessary information. Click FINISH.

  6. You will receive a confirmation e-mail detailing your registration. Please review this and let us know of any changes that need to be made. A copy of your registration will be present at the festival check-in booth at the Holiday Inn.

Refund Policy: Festival registration fee (including field trip fees except for both prairie grouse trips) is refundable up to 7 days prior to the start of the festival, but subject to a 5% charge on your purchase total. Note: Field trips are non-refundable after February 15, 2018.

Audubon's Nebraska Crane Festival will take place March 22-25, 2018, bringing together hundreds of crane lovers from around the country to Kearney, Nebraska, to interact with a wide range of environmental speakers, take part in incredible birding trips, and, best of all, experience the world's largest gathering of Sandhill Cranes!

Check this website for updates about the festival's line-up of exciting concurrent sessions, field trips, and more (see the drop-down menus above). If you would like to be a presenter at the festival, see the festival drop-down menu above and select "Speakers" to download a presentation submission form.

You can also connect with the festival's Facebook page.

To receive periodic e-mail updates on festival news and activities, please write If you can’t make the festival but still want to see the Sandhill Cranes, call Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary, (308) 468-5282, to learn about more crane viewing options.


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