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Crane Outdoor Adventures Program

Crane Wildlife Refuge: kayaks

Contact Information

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

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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:

The Great Rowing Adventure: Adult Camp Out!
Friday, August 18 | 4PM-11AM

Looking for a different kind of vacation this summer? Something restorative, yet challenging? Active, yet relaxing? Educational and FUN?  Join us for a weekend rowing adventure in Essex Bay! We’ll set off in traditional wooden boats to explore the creeks and coastline, stopping to hike Choate Island and tour the Choate House (circa 1725). Activities include a trip to Lowell’s Boat Shop, the oldest continuously operating boat shop in America; a visit to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum; a sail on the Pinky Schooner Ardelle; and a tasting to celebrate the area’s rum-running heritage. Cookouts on the beach, camping under the stars – you’ll never want to leave!

This is a 21 and over weekend. Space is limited.



Member: $360; Nonmember: $450

Cancelled -- Yoga on Steep Hill Beach!
Sunday, August 20 | 7:30-9AM
This event has been cancelled.

Rise and shine and meet us on the sandy stretch of Steep Hill Beach for a vinyasa flow session! We’ll combine breathing techniques with breathtaking views, and pull poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $12; Nonmember: $15

Cancelled -- Castle Neck River Boat Tour
Sunday, August 20 | 9-10:30AM & 11AM-12:30PM
This event has been cancelled.

Join us for a relaxing cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water.  



Member: $24; Nonmember: $30

Tidepools & Wracklines
Thursday, August 24 | 9-11AM

Join us as we investigate the tidepools and the wrackline on Steep Hill Beach to discover and record the many creatures that live along the shore. We’ll (carefully and gently!) use nets to capture specimens and magnifying glasses to take an up-close-and-personal look, before releasing our new friends back to where we found them. We’ll talk about our observations and discoveries – and surprise ourselves with how much we can learn by looking. An educational adventure for the whole family.



Member Adult: $9; Member Child: $6; Nonmember: Adult: $15; Nonmember Child: $10

Cancelled -- Castle Neck River Boat Tour
Sunday, August 27 | 1-2:30PM & 3-4:30PM
This event has been cancelled.

Join us for a relaxing cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water.  



Member: $24; Nonmember: $30

Cancelled -- Yoga on Steep Hill Beach!
Sunday, August 27 | 7:30-9AM
This event has been cancelled.

Rise and shine and meet us on the sandy stretch of Steep Hill Beach for a vinyasa flow session! We’ll combine breathing techniques with breathtaking views, and pull poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $12; Nonmember: $15

Labor Day Family Camp Out
Saturday, September 2 | 11AM Saturday through 11AM Sunday

Spend an adventure-filled 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 overnight includes a choice of optional programs and activities on Saturday afternoon, which may include a Great Marsh Creek Walk, a Dune Hike through the Crane Wildlife Refuge, a Guided Kayak Paddle in Essex Bay, or a Scavenger Hunt for the little ones. Of course you are also free to simply lounge on the beach, or explore the property on your own. Bring a bag lunch for Saturday. There will be a camp out dinner and s’mores around the fire on Saturday night, and breakfast provided on Sunday morning. After you pack up on Sunday morning, you are welcome to spend Sunday afternoon at the beach (parking in the lot by the Barn only).

Pre-registration required.   Members Only



Member Adult: $45; Member Child: $25. Members Only.

Cancelled -- Castle Neck River Boat Tour
Sunday, September 3 | 9-10:30AM & 11AM-12:30PM
This event has been cancelled.

Join us for a relaxing cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water.  



Member: $24; Nonmember: $30

Cancelled -- Yoga on Steep Hill Beach!
Sunday, September 3 | 7:30-9AM
This event has been cancelled.

Rise and shine and meet us on the sandy stretch of Steep Hill Beach for a vinyasa flow session! We’ll combine breathing techniques with breathtaking views, and pull poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $12; Nonmember: $15

Beach Plum Picking & Jam Workshop
Tuesday, September 5 | 5-9PM

Join us to gather these sweet and tart 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! 

Adults only. Pre-registration required. 



Member: $44; Nonmember: $55

Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Wednesday, September 6 | 7-9PM

When the Harvest Moon falls in October, the September Full Moon is known as the Full Corn Moon or the Barley Moon because it traditionally corresponds with the time to harvest corn and thresh the ripened barley.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 3 - 3½ miles – a fairly strenuous hike. 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 & up.



Member: $9; Nonmember: $15

Choate Island Day
Saturday, September 9 | 10AM-3PM

Explore an amazing island where deer, foxes, osprey, and other magnificent creatures roam. Once home to generations of the Choate family and later a retreat for Cornelius and Mine Crane Choate Island, Choate Island remains a magical place boasting miles of walking trails, historic buildings, and breathtaking views of Essex Bay. Park at Crane Beach, catch the  shuttle at the boat dock, and your adventure begins...



Member Adult: $12; Member Child: $6; Nonmember: Adult: $20; Nonmember Child: $10

Cancelled -- Castle Neck River Boat Tour
Sunday, September 10 | 1-2:30PM & 3-4:30PM
This event has been cancelled.

Join us for a relaxing cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water.  



Member: $24; Nonmember: $30

Cancelled -- Yoga on Steep Hill Beach!
Sunday, September 10 | 7:30-9AM
This event has been cancelled.

Rise and shine and meet us on the sandy stretch of Steep Hill Beach for a vinyasa flow session! We’ll combine breathing techniques with breathtaking views, and pull poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

Cancelled -- Yoga on Steep Hill Beach!
Sunday, September 17 | 7:30-9AM
This event has been cancelled.

Rise and shine and meet us on the sandy stretch of Steep Hill Beach for a vinyasa flow session! We’ll combine breathing techniques with breathtaking views, and pull poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

Cancelled -- Castle Neck River Boat Tour
Sunday, September 17 | 9-10:30AM & 11AM-12:30PM
This event has been cancelled.

Join us for a relaxing cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water.  



Member: $24; Nonmember: $30

The Choate Challenge SUP Race!
Saturday, September 23 | 1-3PM

Join us for the Choate Challenge, a SUP race that starts and ends on the beautiful Crane Estate property in Ipswich. Two options make this race ideal for both veteran racers and recreational enthusiasts. Both routes start at Steep Hill Beach and wind through Fox Creek out into Essex Bay; the 6.3 mile stretch loops around Choate Island, while the somewhat shorter 4-mile paddle steers directly to the boat dock. Come for the challenge and the spectacular views of the marsh and the Crane Wildlife Refuge – and the after-party! Food and libations will be served at Steep Hill after the race. Race entry is capped at 100, so be sure to register early. www.thetrustees.org/craneoutdooradventures Please be sure to include your cell number when registering.

If you need a board for the race, please contact our friends at Cape Ann SUP http://www.capeannsup.com/



Members: $55 Nonmembers: $67

Kayak to Choate!
Sunday, September 24 | 2-5PM

A paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer afternoon? 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 we’ll continue on to the highest point on the island to take in the spectacular views from the summit where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, we’ll kayak around the island to see the island from the water (tides permitting).

We’ll supply the kayaks and lifejackets. Please note: You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience. Pre-registration required.



Member: $36; Nonmember: $45

Cancelled -- Castle Neck River Boat Tour
Sunday, September 24 | 1-2:30PM & 3-4:30PM
This event has been cancelled.

Join us for a relaxing cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water.  



Member: $24; Nonmember: $30

Cancelled -- Yoga on Steep Hill Beach!
Sunday, September 24 | 7:30-9AM
This event has been cancelled.

Rise and shine and meet us on the sandy stretch of Steep Hill Beach for a vinyasa flow session! We’ll combine breathing techniques with breathtaking views, and pull poses from various practices to give each muscle group a luxurious lengthening workout. What a great way to start the day! All levels welcome.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

Kayak to Choate!
Saturday, September 30 | 2-5PM

A paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer afternoon? 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 we’ll continue on to the highest point on the island to take in the spectacular views from the summit where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, we’ll kayak around the island to see the island from the water (tides permitting).

We’ll supply the kayaks and lifejackets. Please note: You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience. Pre-registration required.



Member: $36; Nonmember: $45

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