A moment when impressions exceed expectations.
Capture That Unforgettable Moment.
Photograph one of nature’s oldest and largest migrations of over half-a-million Sandhill Cranes as they arrive along the Platte River during the spring at the Crane Trust in Wood River, Nebraska. The Crane Trust is offering these photo workshops to capture unforgettable moments while supporting the Crane Trust’s conservation efforts.
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BE INSPIRED, Photograph, Learn:
Stay Immersed the Entire Trip.
OVERVIEW

Crane Trust Photo Workshops are designed for the intermediate and advanced photographer using a digital SLR camera. Participants will have numerous opportunities to photograph from custom built Crane Trust VIP photo blinds on the Platte River as thousands of sandhill cranes leave the river at first light and return to the river at sunset.

Additionally, we will photograph cranes and other migrating waterfowl from nearby county roads as well as get up close to the Crane Trust’s genetically pure bison herd as they roam the prairie. Midday we will download and edit images, have group and individual critiques, and attend lectures about photography, the Platte River, and the Crane Trusts’s conservation efforts.

Workshops are limited to a maximum of 10 participants. Private workshops are also available. Please call 308.384.4633 for more information.

Sample Schedule:

  • Light breakfast and coffee
  • Positioned in blind for morning photo shoot
  • Morning photo shoot
  • Hot breakfast
  • Free time to upload and sort through photos
  • Lunch
  • Group critique and afternoon workshop
  • Optional afternoon photo shoot
  • Social time with light hors d’oeuvers and drinks
  • Positioned in blind for evening photo shoot
  • Evening photo shoot
  • Dinner and social time
  • High-end, comfortable cottages
  • Delicious meals and beverages
  • Custom built photo blinds
  • Largest roost in the world at the end of your lens
  • Workshop classrooms at headquarters
  • Instructors will be on-site 24-hours to help answer your questions
  • Access to thousands of acres of historic prairie full of wildlife, including the Crane Trust’s herd of genetically pure bison
  • Display your favorite photo at the Crane Trust’s Hornady Art Gallery
  • Long telephoto lens in the 400-600mm range with teleconverters for dancing cranes and flight photos
  • Mid-range telephoto zoom that you can handhold for clusters of birds in flight
  • Wide angle lens for scenic views of the river with thousands of cranes
  • Tripod and/or monopod
  • Laptop with image processing software
  • Layered clothing with wind and water protection, warm boots, gloves, and warm head-wear
  • Proper wildlife and nature photography techniques
  • Utilizing light and exposure to capture stunning images
  • How to convey a one-of-a-kind, intimate, experience through photography
  • Crane biology and behavior
  • Crane Trust’s conservation efforts
Sandhill Crane Workshop Wildflower & Bison Fall Landscapes & Bison

LOCATION

CRANE TRUST WILD ROSE RANCH
6611 W Whooping Crane Drive
Wood River, Nebraska 68883

DATES

Cheryl and Rick:

Instructors to be determined
July 28th - 30th

Instructors to be determined
October 20th - 22nd

Deposit & tuition

Details coming soon!

Deposit: $500
Tuition: $1,300/cottage room
$2,050/private suite

A portion of your tuition is tax-deductible.

Deposit: $500
Tuition: $1,300/cottage room
$2,050/private suite

A portion of your tuition is tax-deductible.

Workshop tuition includes delicious meals and lodging in elegant cottages located at the Crane Trust headquarters, steps away from the workshop classroom and a short distance from the blind. If the cottage’s windows were open, you could hear the Sandhill Cranes sing as you drift off to sleep. You’ll also have extra opportunities to converse with your instructors while you enjoy your meals. Transportation during your stay is included.

At the end of the workshop, there will be an opportunity to display your favorite photo at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center’s Hornady Art Gallery for the general public to view and enjoy. You will also receive a souvenir book capturing memories from your unforgettable experience.

Workshop tuition includes delicious meals and lodging in elegant cottages located at the Crane Trust headquarters, steps away from the workshop classroom and a short distance from the blind. If the cottage’s windows were open, you could hear the Sandhill Cranes sing as you drift off to sleep. You’ll also have extra opportunities to converse with your instructors while you enjoy your meals. Transportation during your stay is included.

At the end of the workshop, there will be an opportunity to display your favorite photo at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center’s Hornady Art Gallery for the general public to view and enjoy. You will also receive a souvenir book capturing memories from your unforgettable experience.

Workshop tuition includes delicious meals and lodging in elegant cottages located at the Crane Trust headquarters, steps away from the workshop classroom and a short distance from the blind. If the cottage’s windows were open, you could hear the Sandhill Cranes sing as you drift off to sleep. You’ll also have extra opportunities to converse with your instructors while you enjoy your meals. Transportation during your stay is included.

At the end of the workshop, there will be an opportunity to display your favorite photo at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center’s Hornady Art Gallery for the general public to view and enjoy. You will also receive a souvenir book capturing memories from your unforgettable experience.

Student:Instructor Ratio: 5:1
INSTRUCTORS

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Find Us!

CRANE TRUST WILD ROSE RANCH

6611 W Whooping Crane Drive
Wood River, Nebraska 68883

Reserve your experience on the prairie today:
Call 308-382-1820