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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:

Solstice Stroll through Dunes with Hot Cider in Tavern
Sunday, December 21 | 6-9PM
Join us for a leisurely hike through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge to celebrate the winter solstice. On this, the shortest day of the year, we'll take advantage of the dark with a stroll beneath the stars. We'll warm up after our walk with hot cider and refreshments in the Tavern at the Inn at Castle Hill. The perfect balance to counteract the bustle of the holiday season!
Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2.5-3 miles. Dress for the weather to maximize comfort and minimize misery! Water is always good to have along. Suggested ages 15 and older. Pre-registration required.


Member: $20 Nonmember: $30

Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Monday, January 5 | 6-8PM
Join us as we celebrate the Wolf Moon with a night hike through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge! Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, wolf packs once howled hungrily outside Native American villages, prompting villagers to name January's full moon the Wolf Moon. It is also known as the Old Moon. We'll warm ourselves with hot cider around a crackling bonfire at the hike's end.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 .5-3 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.
Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.


Members: $15. Nonmembers: $25.

Snowy Owl Prowl
Saturday, January 10 | 1-3PM
Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Join us as we hike the dunes in search of these magnificent birds. Unlike most owls, snowy owls are diurnal�they hunt and are active both day and night � so we have a good chance of sighting one even in the daylight hours! We'll warm up with hot cider at the end of our hike.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 .5 miles. Dress for the weather to maximize comfort and minimize misery! Water is always good to have along. A spotting scope and/or binoculars are helpful when searching for snowy owls.
Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.


Member: $10. Nonmember: $15

Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Tuesday, February 3 | 6-8PM
Join us for a night hike through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge! Transformed and illuminated by the glow of the full moon on snow, the dunes are an eerily beautiful landscape. Traditionally a month of cold temperatures and heavy snow fall, February was known by Algonquin tribes as the month of the Snow Moon. As hunting was often difficult during this month, some Native American tribes also called this the Hunger Moon. We'll warm ourselves with hot cider around a crackling bonfire at the hike's end.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 .5-3 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.
Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.


Member: $15. Nonmember: $25.

Snowy Owl Prowl
Saturday, February 7 | 1-3PM
Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Join us as we hike the dunes in search of these magnificent birds. Unlike most owls, snowy owls are diurnal�they hunt and are active both day and night � so we have a good chance of sighting one even in the daylight hours! We'll warm up with hot cider at the end of our hike.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 .5 miles. Dress for the weather to maximize comfort and minimize misery! Water is always good to have along. A spotting scope and/or binoculars are helpful when searching for snowy owls.
Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.


Member: $10. Nonmember: $15

Tracks & Telltales for Kids
Tuesday, February 17 | 1-3PM
Looking for an outdoor activity during school vacation? Join us as we hike from the Barn to the Pine Grove, looking for tracks and telltales left behind by the creatures who roam the property surrounding the Crane Estate. We'll use our skills of observation to find footprints and feeding sites, homes and hiding places. We'll end our trek with hot chocolate in the Pine Grove.
This walk encompasses a loop of about 1 to 1 .5 miles. We'll go at an easy pace so little legs can keep up. Dress for the weather to maximize comfort and minimize misery! Water is always good to have along.
Pre-registration required.

Member: $5. Nonmember: $10.

Snowy Owl Prowl
Saturday, March 7 | 1-3PM
Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Join us as we hike the dunes in search of these magnificent birds. Unlike most owls, snowy owls are diurnal�they hunt and are active both day and night � so we have a good chance of sighting one even in the daylight hours! We'll warm up with hot cider at the end of our hike.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 .5 miles. Dress for the weather to maximize comfort and minimize misery! Water is always good to have along. A spotting scope and/or binoculars are helpful when searching for snowy owls.
Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.


Member: $10. Nonmember: $15

Stop, Look & Listen Tour
Saturday, March 28 | 1-3PM
An outdoor adventure for the whole family! We'll walk the Cedar Point loop, investigating the trail for tracks and telltales, piecing together evidence that will help us see the story in the landscape. Bring your sharp senses and your skills of observation! We'll end the hike in the Pine Grove with a bonfire and hot chocolate.
This walk encompasses a loop of about 1 to 1 .5 miles; for the most part the walk will follow a dirt road, but parts of the trail traverse soft sand and the beach. We will go at an easy pace so little legs can keep up. Dress for the weather to maximize comfort and minimize misery! Water is always good to have along, and if it is sunny you may want sunscreen and/or sunglasses.
Pre-registration required.


Member: $5. Nonmember: $10.

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

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