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Crane Outdoor Adventures Program

Crane Wildlife Refuge: kayaks

 

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:

Full Moon and Folklore Hike
Friday, June 13 | 8:30-10:30PM
The month of June's full moon is called the Full Strawberry Moon. Local Native American tribes knew it as a signal to gather ripening fruit. We’ll welcome the arrival of summer with fresh strawberries and a celebratory bonfire at the end of our hike.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2½ miles. 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. Pre-registration is required.

Members: $15. Nonmembers: $20. Suggested ages 13 and older.


Kayak to Choate Tour
Sunday, June 29 | 2-5PM
A paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer day? 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 continuing up to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, we’ll kayak around the island to enjoy the views from the water (tides permitting). Please note: You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience.

Members: $25 Nonmembers: $35; limited to ages 15 and older. Pre-registration required.


Kayak to Choate Tour
Sunday, July 6 | 2-5PM
A paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer day? 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 continuing up to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, we’ll kayak around the island to enjoy the views from the water (tides permitting). Please note: You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience.

Members: $25 Nonmembers: $35; limited to ages 15 and older. Pre-registration required.


Full Moon and Folklore Hike
Saturday, July 12 | 8:30-10:30PM
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 autumn. 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 2½-3 miles. 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. Pre-registration is required.

Members: $15 Nonmembers: $20; suggested ages 13 and older.


Kayak to Choate Tour
Sunday, July 20 | 2-5PM
A paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer day? 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 continuing up to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, we’ll kayak around the island to enjoy the views from the water (tides permitting). Please note: You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience.

Members: $25 Nonmembers: $35; limited to ages 15 and older. Pre-registration required.


Full Moon and Folklore Hike
Sunday, August 10 | 8-10PM
August’s full moon was called the Sturgeon Moon by North American fishing tribes, who knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full moon. Colonial Americans dubbed this moon the Dog Days Moon; it is also known as the Green Corn Moon, the Grain Moon, and the Red Moon, for the reddish hue it often takes on in the sultry summer haze.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2½ miles. 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. Pre-registration is required.

Members: $15 Nonmembers: $20; suggested ages 13 and older.


Kayak from the Boat Dock to Choate Island, with tour and picnic supper
Sunday, August 17 | 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.

Members: $50 Nonmembers: $60. Pre-registration required.


Labor Day Weekend Family Camp Out
Saturday, August 30 through Sunday, August 31
Arrival is Saturday, August 30 at 1PM. Departure is Sunday, August 31by 10AM.
Why fight the traffic of Cape Cod when you can spend Labor Day 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 annual overnight includes a choice of optional programs and activities on Saturday afternoon, which may include a Late Afternoon Creek Walk, a Dune Hike through Castle Neck, a Guided Kayak Paddle in Essex Bay or a Scavenger Hunt for the little ones. Of course, you are also free to lounge on the beach or explore the property on your own. There will be a camp out dinner, s’mores around the fire, and breakfast on Sunday. After the Camp Out is over, you are welcome to spend Sunday afternoon at the beach.

Members:  Adult $35, Child $20 Nonmembers: Adult $55, Child $30. Pre-registration required.


Beach Plum Picking & Canning Workshop
Wednesday, September 3 | 5-9PM
Join us to find and gather 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!

Members $30 Non Members $35 Pre-registration required.


View the Harvest Moon Rise!
Tuesday, September 9 | 7-10PM
Steep Hill at the end of the Grand Allée is the ideal vantage point to view the spectacular Harvest Moon as it rises from the horizon. Join us for a glass of wine and hors d‘oeuvres as we watch this majestic moon climb into the night sky. Known also as the Barley Moon and the Corn Moon, the Harvest Moon rise corresponds to the ripening of many of the Native American’s staple crops, and its particularly bright appearance and early rise allowed farmers to continue harvesting into the night. Traditionally, the name goes to the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox; once or twice a decade this moon rises in October.

Members: $50 Nonmembers: $60 This is a 21 and over event. Pre-registration required.


Choate Island Tours
Sundays, September 14, 21, 28 and October 5 |  2-5PM


Choate Island Tour
Sunday, September 14 | 2-5PM
Enjoy one stunning view after the next as we explore Choate Island, a drumlin that is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, an island-studded patchwork of salt marsh and tidal creeks located in Essex Bay. During this guided tour, participants will walk a spectacular network of carriageways and footpaths that link cobbled beaches and grassy fields with forested hillsides and historic buildings. We’ll take a look inside the 1778 Proctor Barn, and the Choate House, built around 1725, then continue up to the highest point on the island, where the Crane Family burial ground looks out over Plum Island Sound. This tour includes a complimentary boat ride to and from the refuge. Please note: the full round-trip hike is a distance of approximately four miles, and is fairly strenuous.

Members: $20  Nonmembers: $30  Children under 12: FREE


Choate Island Tour
Sunday, September 21 | 2-5PM
Enjoy one stunning view after the next as we explore Choate Island, a drumlin that is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, an island-studded patchwork of salt marsh and tidal creeks located in Essex Bay. During this guided tour, participants will walk a spectacular network of carriageways and footpaths that link cobbled beaches and grassy fields with forested hillsides and historic buildings. We’ll take a look inside the 1778 Proctor Barn, and the Choate House, built around 1725, then continue up to the highest point on the island, where the Crane Family burial ground looks out over Plum Island Sound. This tour includes a complimentary boat ride to and from the refuge.
Please note: the full round-trip hike is a distance of approximately four miles, and is fairly strenuous.

Members: $20  Nonmembers: $30  Children under 12: FREE

Choate Island Tour
Sunday, September 28 | 2-5PM
Enjoy one stunning view after the next as we explore Choate Island, a drumlin that is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, an island-studded patchwork of salt marsh and tidal creeks located in Essex Bay. During this guided tour, participants will walk a spectacular network of carriageways and footpaths that link cobbled beaches and grassy fields with forested hillsides and historic buildings. We’ll take a look inside the 1778 Proctor Barn, and the Choate House, built around 1725, then continue up to the highest point on the island, where the Crane Family burial ground looks out over Plum Island Sound. This tour includes a complimentary boat ride to and from the refuge.
Please note: the full round-trip hike is a distance of approximately four miles, and is fairly strenuous.

Members: $20  Nonmembers: $30  Children under 12: FREE

Choate Island Tour
Sunday, October 5 | 2-5PM
Enjoy one stunning view after the next as we explore Choate Island, a drumlin that is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, an island-studded patchwork of salt marsh and tidal creeks located in Essex Bay. During this guided tour, participants will walk a spectacular network of carriageways and footpaths that link cobbled beaches and grassy fields with forested hillsides and historic buildings. We’ll take a look inside the 1778 Proctor Barn, and the Choate House, built around 1725, then continue up to the highest point on the island, where the Crane Family burial ground looks out over Plum Island Sound. This tour includes a complimentary boat ride to and from the refuge.
Please note: the full round-trip hike is a distance of approximately four miles, and is fairly strenuous.

Members: $20  Nonmembers: $30  Children under 12: FREE


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

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

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