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Crane Outdoor Adventures Program

Crane Outdoor Adventures

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.

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:

Victoria Sindorf, Education Manager
Office: 978.356.4351 x4052
vsindorf@thetrustees.org

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

Take a look at all of our events statewide >

Upcoming Adventures:

April
6
Saturday
Neighbor Property Hike: Agassiz Rock
Get out and explore the Trustees properties of the Northeast! The glacial erratics of Agassiz Rock await.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Agassiz Rock
Ipswich | Northeast
April
13
Saturday
Create Your Easter Tree
Create a stunning centerpiece and new family tradition with an Easter Tree!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
April
15
Monday
Family Hike: For The Birds
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
Ipswich | Northeast
April
17
Wednesday
SpringQuest at the Crane Estate
The summer camp experience comes to spring break with this special half-day program.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
April
19
Friday
Dunes By The Light of the Pink 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 moon.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
May
1
Wednesday
May Day Hike with Picnic
Take a break mid-week to celebrate spring by getting outside.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
May
2
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
Ipswich | Northeast
May
4
Saturday
Make Mom a Gift From Nature
Make mom a gift she will cherish at this fun, nature-themed crafting party!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
May
5
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
May
11
Saturday
Neighbor Property Hike: Coolidge Reservation (with picnic)
Get out and explore the Trustees properties of the Northeast! Whet your appetite for natural history before a picnic on the Ocean Lawn.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Coolidge Reservation
Ipswich | Northeast
May
12
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
May
12
Sunday
Mothers Day in the Garden
Moms will enjoy a family friendly tea party in the formal gardens of the Crane Estate and leave wearing flower crowns they created!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
May
18
Saturday
Dunes By The Light of The Flower 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 moon.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
May
19
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
May
25
Saturday
Choate Island Hike
Take a boat ride over to Choate Island for a spectacular guided tour of cultural and natural history.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
May
25
Saturday
Morning Bird Walk
Take a walk with birder Dave Williams to learn the hobby and spot some spring migrants alongside Crane Estate regulars.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
May
26
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
May
26
Sunday
Sounds of the Night Hike
Let your ears guide you when your eyes can’t during this nighttime dune exploration.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
May
27
Monday
Family Hike: Spring Eye Spy
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
Ipswich | Northeast
June
1
Saturday
Kayak Skills Workshop
Get geared up for summer by working the kinks out of your paddle skills on the beautiful waters of the Crane Wildlife Refuge.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
June
2
Sunday
Castle Neck Boat Tour - Morning
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
June
2
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
June
2
Sunday
Castle Neck Boat Tour - Noon
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
June
2
Sunday
Choate Island Hike
Take a boat ride over to Choate Island for a spectacular guided tour of cultural and natural history.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
June
7
Friday
Castle Neck Boat Tour - Afternoon
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
June
8
Saturday
Castle Neck Boat Tour - 5:00pm
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
June
8
Saturday
Choate Island Hike
Take a boat ride over to Choate Island for a spectacular guided tour of cultural and natural history.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
June
8
Saturday
Castle Neck Boat Tour - 3:00pm
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
June
9
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
June
9
Sunday
Neighbor Property Hike: Ravenswood Park
Get out and explore the Trustees properties of the Northeast! Ravenswood Park´s magnolias beckon.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ravenswood Park
Ipswich | Northeast