Audubon's Nebraska Crane Festival

March 21-24, 2019 - Holiday Inn and Convention Center, Kearney, Nebraska

Sandhill Crane Photo: Virginia Short

Audubon's Nebraska Crane Festival brings 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!

To register on-line, see our Registration page to get started. Write us to be put on a mailing list for updates

Festival Registration - $150/adult, $60/student, $20/child (prices increase after Feb. 15). Registration includes lunch Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner Saturday; and brunch Sunday; plus access to all main speakers and concurrent sessions. Registration does not include cost of field trips or hotel room. You must get your own hotel accomodations.

The Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Kearney is the location for the speakers and concurrent sessions, and the west entrance of the hotel is the location for the departure and return of all field trips.

Festival Headquarters Hotel:  Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 110 2nd Avenue, Kearney, NE  68848 - (308) 237-5971.

Blocks of rooms are being held exclusively for Audubon Nebraska at a discounted group rate of $109.95 per room, per night, plus tax on March 21 – 23, 2019, for the Holiday Inn and at these two hotels:

Holiday Inn Express:  (308) 234-8100, rooms available Thur – Sat, March 21 – 23.  Rate $109.95 per room, per night, plus taxes.  Complimentary breakfast.

Comfort Inn:   (308) 236-3400, rooms available Fri & Sat, March 22 – 23.  Rate $109.95 per room, per night, plus taxes.  Complimentary breakfast.

Call the phone numbers above and state you are attending the crane festival to make your room reservations. Rooms are held until February 21, 2019, and will be subject to availability after that date. 

If you can’t make the festival but still want to see the Sandhill Cranes, check out Rowe Sanctuary's website, or call (308) 468-5282 to learn about more crane viewing options.


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