Silhouetted against an orange sky, sandhill cranes fly near the Platte River in Nebraska.
Sandhill cranes come to roost along the Platte River in Nebraska. © Chris Helzer/The Nature Conservancy

Legacy Journeys

Platte River

Relish the wide-open spaces of Nebraska's Great Plains and witness one of the greatest migrations on Earth.

This trip is full. To join the waitlist, contact Peg Abbott at
(866) 900-1146 or

Vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all travelers on 2022 Legacy Journeys.

Explore the Journey

March 13-19, 2022

Full Itinerary

March 13-19, 2022 | WELCOME TO THE GREAT PLAINS OF NEBRASKA, and the heart of the Central Flyway, where a 75-mile stretch of nature hosts an annual migration of sandhill cranes that’s as old as time itself. With wings spanning more than 6 feet, these majestic creatures can’t be missed, especially at sunset, when thousands descend on the wetlands surrounding The Nature Conservancy’s private duck blind, which we’ll visit on the banks of the Platte River. We’ll also explore other natural hot spots within this Midwestern mosaic of farms, wetlands and woodlands, including the Calamus Reservoir to look for bald eagles and American white pelicans, and get an insider’s look at a working ranch in the Nebraskan Sandhills.


  • Witness the spectacle of sandhill crane migration when numbers peak in the hundreds of thousands.
  • Take a tour of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, frequently ranked as one the world’s best zoos.
  • Attend a demonstration about how TNC processes native seeds for prairie restoration.

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Information & Reservations

Reservations for all trips will open on Tuesday, September 14 at 12 p.m. ET. and can be made with the trip specialist listed below.

Peg Abbott
Phone: (866) 900-1146


Vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all travelers on 2022 Legacy Journeys.