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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

Take a look at all of our events statewide >
Castle Neck Boat Tours
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!

Learn more >

Upcoming Adventures:

September
22
Sunday
Equinox Soul & Savasana with Live Music
Celebrate the start of autumn with revitalizing yoga session in nature
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
September
24
Tuesday
Cancelled -- 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
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
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
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
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
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
October
2
Wednesday
The Courage to Love: A Beginner's Meditation Series
Take time for yourself with this 4-week beginner's meditation workshop and create more love and peace in your life.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
3
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
Ipswich | Northeast
October
3
Thursday
After School Nature Play
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon in nature (and give yourself the gift of an afternoon off!)
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
4
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
Ipswich | Northeast
October
5
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 Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
5
Saturday
Choate Island Day - RESCHEDULED
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
October
5
Saturday
Gentle Yoga Flow
Warm up your weekend with a soothing yoga flow class.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
6
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 Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
9
Wednesday
The Courage to Love: A Beginner's Meditation Series
Take time for yourself with this 4-week beginner's meditation workshop and create more love and peace in your life.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
10
Thursday
After School Nature Play
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon in nature (and give yourself the gift of an afternoon off!)
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
10
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
Ipswich | Northeast
October
11
Friday
Family Full Hunters 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
Ipswich | Northeast
October
12
Saturday
Dunes by the Light of the Hunters 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
Ipswich | Northeast
October
12
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
October
13
Sunday
Trees of the Northeast Walk and Talk
Learn about our native trees with a breakfast talk followed by a walk to observe the trees of the Crane Estate.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
14
Monday
Family Hike
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
October
16
Wednesday
The Courage to Love: A Beginner's Meditation Series
Take time for yourself with this 4-week beginner's meditation workshop and create more love and peace in your life.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
17
Thursday
After School Nature Play
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon in nature (and give yourself the gift of an afternoon off!)
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
17
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
Ipswich | Northeast
October
18
Friday
Hike for Beer
A beautiful sunset hike takes you to a tasting of local beers
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
19
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 Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Cape Cod & The Islands
October
19
Saturday
Choate Island Hike with Crucible Showing
Take a beautiful hike on Choate Island, with a behind-the-scenes tour of the filming of the Crucible, before settling down for movie night!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
20
Sunday
Castle Neck Dunes Hike
Travel the full length of Castle Neck, with a picnic lunch at Essex Point.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
23
Wednesday
The Courage to Love: A Beginner's Meditation Series
Take time for yourself with this 4-week beginner's meditation workshop and create more love and peace in your life.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
24
Thursday
After School Nature Play
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon in nature (and give yourself the gift of an afternoon off!)
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
24
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
Ipswich | Northeast
October
25
Friday
Hike for Beer
A beautiful sunset hike takes you to a tasting of local beers
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
26
Saturday
Neighbor Property Hike: Autumn in Ravenswood
Get out and explore the Trustees properties of the Northeast!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ravenswood Park
Ipswich | Northeast
October
27
Sunday
Halloween Pumpkin Yoga!
Celebrate the Halloween spirit with a costumed yoga flow!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
October
27
Sunday
Nighttime Sounds under the New Moon
Brave the dark of the night in the Dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
November
2
Saturday
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
November
2
Saturday
Neighbor Property Hike: Autumn at Agassiz Rock
Get out and explore the Trustees properties of the Northeast!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Agassiz Rock
Ipswich | Northeast
November
2
Saturday
Setting up a Seasonal Nature Journal
Start your own seasonal nature journal with guidance from nationally-renowned author and naturalist, Clare Walker Leslie.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
November
3
Sunday
Hike for Beer
A beautiful sunset hike takes you to a tasting of local beers
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
November
7
Thursday
After School Nature Play
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon in nature (and give yourself the gift of an afternoon off!)
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
November
7
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
Ipswich | Northeast
November
9
Saturday
Cozy Flow and Restore with Sound Bowl Assists
Restore your mind and body with a cozy evening at Castle Hill!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
November
9
Saturday
Autumn Succulent Centerpiece Workshop
Spend a relaxed morning creating a beautiful autumn centerpiece with living succulents.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
November
9
Saturday
Family Full Beaver 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
Ipswich | Northeast
November
10
Sunday
Harvest Moon Fest
Celebrate the season with an afternoon hike to a party at steep hill and a sunset over the marsh.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
November
11
Monday
Family Hike
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
November
12
Tuesday
Dunes by the Light of the Beaver 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
Ipswich | Northeast
November
14
Thursday
After School Nature Play
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon in nature (and give yourself the gift of an afternoon off!)
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
November
14
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
Ipswich | Northeast
November
17
Sunday
Hike for Beer
A beautiful sunset hike takes you to a tasting of local beers
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
November
21
Thursday
After School Nature Play
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon in nature (and give yourself the gift of an afternoon off!)
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
November
21
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
Ipswich | Northeast
November
23
Saturday
Cranberry Discovery Hike and Demonstration
Cranberries are quintessential New England and Thanksgiving. Discover them in a whole new way on this combination hike and cooking demo.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
November
29
Friday
Green Friday Dunes Hike
Opt Outside for a green Friday hike in the dunes behind Crane Beach
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
November
30
Saturday
Hike for Beer
A beautiful sunset hike takes you to a tasting of local beers
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
December
8
Sunday
Family Full Cold 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
Ipswich | Northeast
December
13
Friday
Dunes by the Light of the Cold 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
Ipswich | Northeast
December
21
Saturday
Winter Solstice Dunes to Roof Hike
Relax and unwind with a sunset hike leading you to a seasonal celebration at the Great House!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
December
21
Saturday
Winter Solstice Yoga Flow and Restore with Live Music
Practice inner stillness as the sun stands still!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
January
1
Wednesday
First Day in the Dunes
Start the New Year outdoors in the beautiful Crane Beach dunes!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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