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CraneOutdoors Program

CraneOutdoors

Whether you’re looking for adventure, ready to try something new, or just love being outside, we’ve got something special for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages!

Hiking, Paddling, and Boating, Oh My!
CraneOutdoors offers a year-round lineup of exciting outdoor adventures designed to get you outside and enjoying one of The Trustees’ most beautiful properties. With over 2100 acres of beach, dunes, woodlands, and marsh and a network of miles of trails, we’re going to bet we can give you an experience you’ll never forget!

Most outdoor adventure events are geared towards adults, but some are family friendly – check the event description or call or email for specific information.

Get Outside Together
CraneOutdoors also runs family and drop-off programs with the goal of getting the next generation outside and encouraging a lifelong enjoyment of nature. Get your feet wet (metaphorically but sometimes literally!) with a Trustees Trekkers Family Hike or Family Full Moon Hike. Forge deep ties to the enviornment early while building creativity, confidence and wonder with our Preschool Nature Explorers program. Give your children the gift of time outside, away from screens with our After School Nature Play, SpringQuest (spring vacation), and WinterQuest (winter vacation) drop-off programs. And don’t forget about the Ultimate Summer Adventure: SummerQuest day camp!

CraneOutdoors Private Experiences
Are you visiting the area? Maybe staying at the Inn at Castle Hill? Or are you a family, friend, mom, or adventurous bachelor(ette) group? A corporate group? If you’re looking for a tailor-made outdoor adventure with an experienced guide in a gorgeous setting, let us build you something special. Contact tbarrieau@thetrustees.org for information.

Programs meet in different locations. Upon registration please remember to leave your email address, where we will send you pre-event information about where to meet, what to bring, and what to expect.

Register online by clicking on an event below or call or email:
Victoria Sindorf, Education Manager
Office: 978.356.4351 x4052
vsindorf@thetrustees.org

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Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!

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Upcoming Adventures:

July
19
Friday
Castle Neck Boat Tour
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
July
20
Saturday
Castle Neck Boat Tour
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
July
21
Sunday
Cancelled -- Yoga on the Estate
Reward yourself with an hour and a half of energizing, restorative yoga practice while taking in the fresh air and morning sunshine.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
July
23
Tuesday
After Work Adventure: Bonfire on the Beach
End your day in style with an after work bonfire on the beach!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
July
25
Thursday
Cancelled -- After Work Adventure: Salt Marsh Kayak
End your day with a kayak adventure in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
July
27
Saturday
Cancelled -- Sunset Kayaking and Cheese Tasting in the Crane Wildlife Refuge
End your day with a kayak trip and cheese tasting in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
July
28
Sunday
Yoga on the Estate
Reward yourself with an hour and a half of energizing, restorative yoga practice while taking in the fresh air and morning sunshine.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
July
28
Sunday
Choate Island Hike with Picnic Lunch
Take a boat ride over to Choate Island for a spectacular guided tour of cultural and natural history, ending with a picnic lunch.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
July
30
Tuesday
Cancelled -- Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River on the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
July
30
Tuesday
After Work Adventure: Sunset Stroll to the Tavern
End your day in style with a sunset hike that ends with drinks at an historical tavern!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
July
31
Wednesday
Cancelled -- Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River + Picnic Lunch
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River and enjoying a picnic lunch!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
2
Friday
Castle Neck Boat Tour
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
4
Sunday
Yoga on the Estate
Reward yourself with an hour and a half of energizing, restorative yoga practice while taking in the fresh air and morning sunshine.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
6
Tuesday
Cancelled -- Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River on the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
8
Thursday
After Work Adventure: Salt Marsh Kayak
End your day with a kayak adventure in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
11
Sunday
Family Full Red Moon Hike
Don't be afraid of the dark on this nighttime family adventure
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
11
Sunday
Yoga on the Estate
Reward yourself with an hour and a half of energizing, restorative yoga practice while taking in the fresh air and morning sunshine.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
13
Tuesday
After Work Adventure: Sunset Stroll to the Tavern
End your day in style with a sunset hike that ends with drinks at an historical tavern!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
13
Tuesday
Cancelled -- Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River on the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
14
Wednesday
Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River + Picnic Lunch
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River and enjoying a picnic lunch!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
14
Wednesday
Dunes by the Light of the Red Moon
See the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge cast in a whole new light and listen for nighttime sounds as you hike under the full red moon.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
15
Thursday
Cancelled -- Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River + Picnic Lunch
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River and enjoying a picnic lunch!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
16
Friday
Castle Neck Boat Tour
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
16
Friday
Cancelled -- Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River + Picnic Lunch
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River and enjoying a picnic lunch!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
17
Saturday
Kayak to Choate Island for a Picnic and Guided Hike
Kayaking, hiking, and a picnic—all in one adventurous outing!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
18
Sunday
Yoga on the Estate
Reward yourself with an hour and a half of energizing, restorative yoga practice while taking in the fresh air and morning sunshine.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
18
Sunday
Castle Neck Boat Tour
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
20
Tuesday
Cancelled -- Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River on the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
20
Tuesday
Cancelled -- After Work Adventure: Sunset Stroll to the Tavern
End your day in style with a sunset hike that ends with drinks at an historical tavern!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
21
Wednesday
Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River on the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
22
Thursday
After Work Adventure: Salt Marsh Kayak
End your day with a kayak adventure in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
24
Saturday
Sunset Kayaking and Cheese Tasting in the Crane Wildlife Refuge
End your day with a kayak trip and cheese tasting in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
25
Sunday
Yoga on the Estate
Reward yourself with an hour and a half of energizing, restorative yoga practice while taking in the fresh air and morning sunshine.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
27
Tuesday
After Work Adventure: Sunset Stroll to the Tavern
End your day in style with a sunset hike that ends with drinks at an historical tavern!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
28
Wednesday
Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River on the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
29
Thursday
Cancelled -- Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River on the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
30
Friday
Cancelled -- Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River + Picnic Lunch
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River and enjoying a picnic lunch!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
30
Friday
Night Sky Photography Workshop
Learn how to take amazing sunset and night sky photos from Crane Beach!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
30
Friday
Castle Neck Boat Tour
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
31
Saturday
Castle Neck Boat Tour
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
August
31
Saturday
Kayak to Choate Island for a Picnic and Guided Hike
Kayaking, hiking, and a picnic—all in one adventurous outing!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
2
Monday
Cancelled -- Family Hike: Tidepools and Wracklines
Get the whole family outside to learn more about the natural world on a walk guided primarily by children's curiosity.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
3
Tuesday
Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River on the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
3
Tuesday
After Work Adventure: Sunset Stroll to the Tavern
End your day in style with a sunset hike that ends with drinks at an historical tavern!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
5
Thursday
After School Nature Play Group
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon a week in nature (and give yourself the gift of an afternoon a week off!)
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
5
Thursday
After Work Adventure: Salt Marsh Kayak
End your day with a kayak adventure in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
5
Thursday
Preschool Nature Explorers
Spark a life of outdoor exploration with your preschooler with a weekly hands-on nature program at the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
7
Saturday
Choate Island Day
Celebrate all that Choate Island has to offer with landscape and historical house tours.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
11
Wednesday
Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River on the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
12
Thursday
Cancelled -- Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River + Picnic Lunch
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River and enjoying a picnic lunch!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
12
Thursday
Preschool Nature Explorers
Spark a life of outdoor exploration with your preschooler with a weekly hands-on nature program at the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
12
Thursday
After Work Adventure: Sunset Stroll to the Tavern
End your day in style with a sunset hike that ends with drinks at an historical tavern!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
12
Thursday
After School Nature Play Group
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon a week in nature (and give yourself the gift of an afternoon a week off!)
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
13
Friday
Family Full Corn Moon Hike
Don't be afraid of the dark on this nighttime family adventure
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
13
Friday
Castle Neck Boat Tour
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
14
Saturday
Cancelled -- Kayak to Choate Island for a Picnic and Guided Hike
Kayaking, hiking, and a picnic—all in one adventurous outing!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
14
Saturday
Dunes by the Light of the Corn Moon
See the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge cast in a whole new light and listen for nighttime sounds as you hike under the full corn moon.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
15
Sunday
Castle Neck Boat Tour
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
15
Sunday
Choate Island Hike with Picnic Lunch
Take a boat ride over to Choate Island for a spectacular guided tour of cultural and natural history, ending with a picnic lunch.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
17
Tuesday
Cancelled -- Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River on the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
18
Wednesday
Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River on the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
19
Thursday
Preschool Nature Explorers
Spark a life of outdoor exploration with your preschooler with a weekly hands-on nature program at the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
19
Thursday
After School Nature Play Group
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon a week in nature (and give yourself the gift of an afternoon a week off!)
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
19
Thursday
After Work Adventure: Bonfire on the Beach
End your day in style with an after work golden hour hike and a bonfire on the beach!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
19
Thursday
Cancelled -- Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River on the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
20
Friday
Castle Neck Boat Tour
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
21
Saturday
Sunset Kayaking and Cheese Tasting in the Crane Wildlife Refuge
End your day with a kayak trip and cheese tasting in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
24
Tuesday
After Work Adventure: Bonfire on the Beach
End your day in style with an after work bonfire on the beach!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
26
Thursday
After School Nature Play Group
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon a week in nature (and give yourself the gift of an afternoon a week off!)
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
26
Thursday
After Work Adventure: Sunset Stroll to the Tavern
End your day in style with a sunset hike that ends with drinks at an historical tavern!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
26
Thursday
Preschool Nature Explorers
Spark a life of outdoor exploration with your preschooler with a weekly hands-on nature program at the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
26
Thursday
Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River
Experience the natural beauty of The Great Marsh by kayaking The Castle Neck River on the Crane Estate!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
27
Friday
Castle Neck Boat Tour
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
28
Saturday
Choate Island Hike with Picnic Lunch
Take a boat ride over to Choate Island for a spectacular guided tour of cultural and natural history, ending with a picnic lunch.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
28
Saturday
Castle Neck Boat Tour
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
29
Sunday
Silent Meditation Hike
Take a few hours out of your busy life to commune with nature and re-center yourself with an evening of meditation and motion.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast