Crane Festival

Crane Festival Registration

2019 Crane Festival Registration

Festival Headquarters: Holiday Inn and Convention Center, Kearney, NE

Registration support:; 402-797-2301.

On-line registration has begun. Click here to begin. We strongly encourage everyone to read the instructions below that will help you through the registration process.

Directions for Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival registration.

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.

  1. After clicking the registration link above, on the next page click the Register button. 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 may be added at step 2 below.
    • Registration fees ($150/adult, $60/student, and $20 for child) provide meals at the Holiday Inn for Friday lunch; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday brunch, and access to all speakers and presentations. Field trips have separate charges that will be paid along with your registration fee in step 3 below.
    • The registration fee does not include your hotel room. You will need to arrange for your room(s) on your own. 
      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 Center110 2nd Avenue, Kearney, NE  68848 - (308) 237-5971.

      Block 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, at the Holiday Inn and at these other 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. Click the hotel link above to book on-line.

      Please note: if making reservations after February 21, 2019, it is necessary you phone the hotel to reserve your room. (Early arrivals or later departures will still receive the discounted rate, but must phone the hotel to make those reservations.)

       (Exception: the two overnight prairie grouse trips have lodging included in trip fees.)
  2. Fill out the personal information, contact information, etc. (items in red are required).
    • If you are not bringing a child, click NEXT at bottom right.
      • Select the field trips you wish to purchase, then click NEXT at bottom of page. If you do not want to purchase a trip(s), chick NEXT.
      • Review your choices. If you wish to register another person (general attendee, college student), select ADD PERSON and begin filling out information for that person. If you don’t know the specific information for a person, use your information EXECPT FOR THE E-MAIL ADDRESS. EACH PERSON MUST HAVE A UNIQUE E-MAIL. When all guests have been registered and you are ready to checkout, select FINISHED ADDING PEOPLE to complete registration (go to step 3).
    • If you are bringing a child, click Add Child and fill out name. Do this for each child, click Save, then click Next.
      • Select field trips that you wish to purchase for yourself and click NEXT at bottom of page. If you do not want to purchase a trip(s), chick NEXT. Then do the same for the child/children you are bringing.
      • When all trips have been selected for each person, review your choices as in step 2.a.ii. above.
  3. Choose your method of payment and fill out necessary information. Click FINISH.
  4. 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: Both prairie-chicken field trips are non-refundable, but all other field trips are refundable, but only through February 15, 2019.

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

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