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Crane Outdoor Adventures Program

Crane Wildlife Refuge: kayaks

Contact Information

Register online by clicking on the event title or call or email:
Dorothy Antczak
978.356.4351, x4052 or
978.810.5892
dantczak@thetrustees.org

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We're going to bet you've heard of Crane Beach, but have you ever wondered what else Crane has to offer? Well this spring, we're launching a full line up of new adventures around the Crane Estate to let you experience the beautiful, wild, and scenic parts of Crane that you haven't seen before.

Upcoming Adventures:

The Water Telescope and A Tidepooling Adventure
Thursday, June 29 | 10-11:30AM

Water telescopes are long tubes with glass at the bottom to view things underwater. Fishermen in Norway have used them for centuries to search for herring and cod. We’ll make our own water telescopes, and then head to the beach to try them out in the tide pools. So many interesting plants and creatures live hidden in the rocks – who knows what we’ll discover!



Members: $12 Nonmembers: $20

Yoga on Steep Hill Beach!
Sunday, July 2 | 7:30-9AM

Rise and shine and meet us on the sandy stretch of Steep Hill Beach for a vinyasa flow session! We’ll combine breathing techniques with breathtaking views, and pull poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

Landscape Painting for Families
Friday, July 7 | 10AM-12Noon

Come explore your inner Monet with your children! We’ll set up painting stations overlooking the gorgeous Great Marsh, and provide you with paper and paint and a few pointers on technique! There will also be lemonade and some artsy snacks to keep your inspiration up!



Member Adult: $9; Member Child: $6; Nonmember Adult: $15; Nonmember Child: $10

Kayak to Choate!
Saturday, July 8 | 2-5PM

A paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer afternoon? Join us as we paddle across Essex Bay from the Trustees of Reservations boat dock to Choate Island. We’ll beach our boats for a tour of the island, stopping in at the Proctor Barn, the White Cottage and the Choate House. Then we’ll continue on to the highest point on the island to take in the spectacular views from the summit where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, we’ll kayak around the island to see the island from the water (tides permitting).

We’ll supply the kayaks and lifejackets. Please note: You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience. Pre-registration required.



Member: $36; Nonmember: $45

Yoga on Steep Hill Beach!
Sunday, July 9 | 7:30-9AM

Rise and shine and meet us on the sandy stretch of Steep Hill Beach for a vinyasa flow session! We’ll combine breathing techniques with breathtaking views, and pull poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Sunday, July 9 | 8:30-10:30PM

 

Join us for a hike through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge beneath the light of the full moon! Native Americans named July’s full moon the Buck Moon in observance of male deer, who in July begin to re-grow antlers shed the previous winter. Other names for this full moon include Thunder Moon, for the month's frequent thunderstorms, and Hay Moon, after the July hay harvest. We might also call it the Armstrong Moon -- a nod to astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first footsteps on the moon on July 20, 1969. 

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 3 - 3½ miles (round-trip) – a fairly strenuous hike. Dress for the weather to maximize comfort and minimize misery! Water is always good to have along. You are welcome to bring a flashlight or headlamp; we may ask for moments of total darkness to fully enjoy the moon and the shadows it makes on the dunes.

Suggested ages 13 & up.



Member: $9; Nonmember: $15

A Friday for Fireflies! Night Hike for Families
Friday, July 14 | 8-9PM

An evening adventure for the whole family! Join us for a hike down the Cedar Point trail to the Pine Grove. We’ll look for the flash of fireflies in the fields that stretch to the marsh, along the fringes of the woods that line the trail to the Pine Grove, and in the dark of the Pine Grove itself. Did you know that different species of fireflies have different flash patterns? We’ll try to differentiate between our bioluminescent buddies and count how many different species of fireflies live around the Crane Estate. We’ll finish our evening observations with s’mores around a campfire in the Pine Grove!



Member Adult: $9; Member Child: $6; Nonmember: Adult: $15; Nonmember Child: $10

Fish Printing For Kids!
Sunday, July 16 | 9:30AM-12Noon

Come with us as we search for shapes in the wrackline to print and press! We’ll start with a walk on the beach to find fish, shells and seaweed. Then we’ll head to the Barn to learn how to transfer our treasures to t-shirts and art paper. Bring your creative imagination – and a smock!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required.



Member Adult: FREE; Member Child: $24; Nonmember: Adult: FREE; Nonmember Child: $30

Yoga in the Casino!
Sunday, July 16 | 7:30-9AM

Rise and shine and meet us in the Casino building at the Crane Estate! This special yoga session is geared toward those who need a little extra support while working through yoga poses. We’ll practice chair yoga and offer a slower, gentler flow of movement. We’ll combine breathing techniques with modified poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

Yoga in the Casino!
Sunday, July 23 | 7:30-9AM

Rise and shine and meet us in the Casino building at the Crane Estate! This special yoga session is geared toward those who need a little extra support while working through yoga poses. We’ll practice chair yoga and offer a slower, gentler flow of movement. We’ll combine breathing techniques with modified poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

Yoga in the Casino!
Sunday, July 30 | 7:30-9AM

Rise and shine and meet us in the Casino building at the Crane Estate! This special yoga session is geared toward those who need a little extra support while working through yoga poses. We’ll practice chair yoga and offer a slower, gentler flow of movement. We’ll combine breathing techniques with modified poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

Castle Neck River Boat Tour
Sunday, August 6 | 10:30AM-12Noon

Join us for a relaxing cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water.  



Member: $24; Nonmember: $30

Yoga in the Casino!
Sunday, August 6 | 7:30-9AM

Rise and shine and meet us in the Casino building at the Crane Estate! This special yoga session is geared toward those who need a little extra support while working through yoga poses. We’ll practice chair yoga and offer a slower, gentler flow of movement. We’ll combine breathing techniques with modified poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Monday, August 7 | 8-10PM

Join us for a hike through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge beneath the light of the full moon! Known as the Red Moon for the reddish hue it often takes on in the sultry summer haze, August’s full moon is also called the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon. Colonial Americans dubbed this moon the Dog Days Moon, while North American fishing tribes, who knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full moon, called it the Sturgeon Moon.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 3 - 3½ miles – a fairly strenuous hike. Dress for the weather to maximize comfort and minimize misery! Water is always good to have along. You are welcome to bring a flashlight or headlamp; we may ask for moments of total darkness to fully enjoy the moon and the shadows it makes on the dunes.

Suggested ages 13 & up.



Member: $9; Nonmember: $15

Clam-O-Rama!
Friday, August 11 | 6:30-9PM

An edible adventure for the whole family! Ipswich has long been renowned for its delicious soft-shell clams. Join us as we wander into Fox Creek to find out firsthand where our food comes from! We’ll dig for a variety of clams – and find some “vegetables” to go with them – then hike to the Pine Grove to cook and eat what we’ve gathered. You’ll want to bring a bag supper to supplement our harvest – clamming is harder than it looks! 

Pre-registration is required.



Member: $28; Nonmember: $35

Kayak to Choate!
Saturday, August 12 | 2-5PM

A paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer afternoon? Join us as we paddle across Essex Bay from the Trustees of Reservations boat dock to Choate Island. We’ll beach our boats for a tour of the island, stopping in at the Proctor Barn, the White Cottage and the Choate House. Then we’ll continue on to the highest point on the island to take in the spectacular views from the summit where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, we’ll kayak around the island to see the island from the water (tides permitting).

We’ll supply the kayaks and lifejackets. Please note: You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience. Pre-registration required.



Member: $36; Nonmember: $45

Viewing the Perseids Meteor Showers: A Family Night Hike
Saturday, August 12 | 10PM-12Midnight

A late-night stargazing adventure for the whole family! The Perseids meteor shower is one of the main celestial events of the summer, with peak meteor viewing at up to 60 per hour! Join us for a hike along the Beach – and bring a blanket so you can stretch out on the sand for optimal viewing. We’ll keep our energy up with s’mores and lemonade around a bonfire.          



Member Adult: $9; Member Child: $6; Nonmember: Adult: $15; Nonmember Child: $10

Yoga on Steep Hill Beach!
Sunday, August 13 | 7:30-9AM

Rise and shine and meet us on the sandy stretch of Steep Hill Beach for a vinyasa flow session! We’ll combine breathing techniques with breathtaking views, and pull poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

Castle Neck River Boat Tour
Sunday, August 13 | 1-2:30PM & 3-4:30PM

Join us for a relaxing cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water.  



Member: $24; Nonmember: $30

Kayak to Choate Island, with Tour and Picnic Supper
Sunday, August 13 | 3-7PM

Join us for an afternoon kayak paddle, followed by a leisurely walking tour of Choate Island. We’ll stop in to view the Proctor Barn and the Choate House, then continue on to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After marveling over the breathtaking views of the marsh and Essex Bay, we’ll make our way back to the Proctor Barn for a delicious picnic supper catered by Ferreira Foods. Please note: You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience. Pre-registration required.



Member: $48; Nonmember: $60

The Great Rowing Adventure: Adult Camp Out!
Friday, August 18 | 4PM-11AM

Looking for a different kind of vacation this summer? Something restorative, yet challenging? Active, yet relaxing? Educational and FUN?  Join us for a weekend rowing adventure in Essex Bay! We’ll set off in traditional wooden boats to explore the creeks and coastline, stopping to hike Choate Island and tour the Choate House (circa 1725). Activities include a trip to Lowell’s Boat Shop, the oldest continuously operating boat shop in America; a visit to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum; a sail on the Pinky Schooner Ardelle; and a tasting to celebrate the area’s rum-running heritage. Cookouts on the beach, camping under the stars – you’ll never want to leave!

This is a 21 and over weekend. Space is limited.



Member: $360; Nonmember: $450

Castle Neck River Boat Tour
Sunday, August 20 | 9-10:30AM & 11AM-12:30PM

Join us for a relaxing cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water.  



Member: $24; Nonmember: $30

Yoga on Steep Hill Beach!
Sunday, August 20 | 7:30-9AM

Rise and shine and meet us on the sandy stretch of Steep Hill Beach for a vinyasa flow session! We’ll combine breathing techniques with breathtaking views, and pull poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

Tidepools & Wracklines
Thursday, August 24 | 9-11AM

Join us as we investigate the tidepools and the wrackline on Steep Hill Beach to discover and record the many creatures that live along the shore. We’ll (carefully and gently!) use nets to capture specimens and magnifying glasses to take an up-close-and-personal look, before releasing our new friends back to where we found them. We’ll talk about our observations and discoveries – and surprise ourselves with how much we can learn by looking. An educational adventure for the whole family.



Member Adult: $9; Member Child: $6; Nonmember: Adult: $15; Nonmember Child: $10

Yoga on Steep Hill Beach!
Sunday, August 27 | 7:30-9AM

Rise and shine and meet us on the sandy stretch of Steep Hill Beach for a vinyasa flow session! We’ll combine breathing techniques with breathtaking views, and pull poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

Castle Neck River Boat Tour
Sunday, August 27 | 1-2:30PM & 3-4:30PM

Join us for a relaxing cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water.  



Member: $24; Nonmember: $30

Labor Day Family Camp Out
Saturday, September 2 | 11AM Saturday through 11AM Sunday

Spend an adventure-filled weekend camping at the Crane Estate! Our special site in the Pine Grove is an ideal location for both experienced campers and first-timers. This overnight includes a choice of optional programs and activities on Saturday afternoon, which may include a Great Marsh Creek Walk, a Dune Hike through the Crane Wildlife Refuge, a Guided Kayak Paddle in Essex Bay, or a Scavenger Hunt for the little ones. Of course you are also free to simply lounge on the beach, or explore the property on your own. Bring a bag lunch for Saturday. There will be a camp out dinner and s’mores around the fire on Saturday night, and breakfast provided on Sunday morning. After you pack up on Sunday morning, you are welcome to spend Sunday afternoon at the beach (parking in the lot by the Barn only).

Pre-registration required.   Members Only



Member Adult: $45; Member Child: $25. Members Only.

Yoga on Steep Hill Beach!
Sunday, September 3 | 7:30-9AM

Rise and shine and meet us on the sandy stretch of Steep Hill Beach for a vinyasa flow session! We’ll combine breathing techniques with breathtaking views, and pull poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

Castle Neck River Boat Tour
Sunday, September 3 | 9-10:30AM & 11AM-12:30PM

Join us for a relaxing cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water.  



Member: $24; Nonmember: $30

Beach Plum Picking & Jam Workshop
Tuesday, September 5 | 5-9PM

Join us to gather these sweet and tart beach plums at Crane Beach. We’ll then head up to the Great House kitchen to make beach plum jam. All materials will be provided and participants are welcome to take their hard work home! 

Adults only. Pre-registration required. 



Member: $44; Nonmember: $55

What is it?

A year-round line up of EXCITEMENT, designed to encourage people to enjoy the great outdoors at one of The Trustees of Reservations’ most beautiful properties. With more than 2,000 acres and miles of trails weaving through beaches, dunes, woodlands and marsh, The Crane Estate offers the ideal outdoor playground. The program offers two or three “adventures” each month featuring spectacular properties such as – the Crane Estate, the Crane Wildlife Refuge, Choate Island, or the nearby Hamlin Reservation. While some of these events are designed specifically for adult participants, most activities will be family-oriented for all to enjoy.

Programs meet in different locations. Upon registration, you will receive a detailed confirmation letter with information about where to meet, what to bring, and what to expect.

As always, we are here to help. If you have any questions, or to register, please call or email:

Dorothy Antczak
978.356.4351, x4052 or
978.810.5892
dantczak@ttor.org