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Crane Outdoor Adventures Program

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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:

Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Tuesday, December 13 | 6-8PM

In December, the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. The Algonquin tribes aptly named this full moon the Long Nights Moon or the Cold Moon. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. This midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is diametrically opposite to the low Sun. This particular full moon coincides with the peak of the Geminid Meteor Showers. Weather permitting, we’ll end our hike with hot chocolate around a bonfire on the beach. Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 3-3½ miles – a strenuous hike. Recommended for ages 13 & up. Pre-registration is required.



Member: $9; Nonmember: $15.

Ornaments from Nature
Saturday, December 17 | 10AM-12Noon

Join us as we gather washed-ashore treasures from the beach to create beautiful and unique ornaments and decorations to celebrate the Holidays! Fun for the whole family! 



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

Snowy Owl Prowl
Sunday, December 18 | 10AM-12Noon

Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, they 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! Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2½-3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.



Member: $9; Nonmember: $15.

Dunes to Tavern Solstice Stroll
Wednesday, 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, rum, 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 2½-3 miles – a fairly strenuous hike. This is a 21 and older event. Pre-registration required.



Member: $28; Nonmember: $35.

In With the New Hike
Sunday, January 1 | 1-3PM

Begin the New Year with a brisk hike through the Crane Wildlife Refuge! The starkly beautiful landscape of the dunes, the smell of the sea in the air – what a perfect way to welcome 2017! At hike’s end we’ll let go of the old by burning our regrets around a small beach fire – and warm up with hot cider and tea.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½ - 3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.



Member: $9; Nonmember: $15

First Friday Night Hike
Friday, January 6 | 7-10PM

Celebrate the first Friday of the New Year with an evening hike through the Crane Wildlife Refuge! We’ll wander the trails through the dunes -- an eerily beautiful landscape at night – and revel in the hush and shadows we don’t experience in the daylight hours. After the hike we’ll relax and warm ourselves with hot toddys and refreshments in front of the fireplace in the Tavern.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½ - 3 miles. This is a 21 and older event. Pre-registration required.



Members: $28 Nonmembers: $35

Snowy Owl Prowl
Sunday, January 8 | 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!

 

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½ - 3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Thursday, January 12 | 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 beach fire at the hike’s end.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½-3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Winter Wander
Monday, January 16 | 1-3:30PM

An easy rambling walk that will take us along the Cedar Point Trail to Steep Hill Beach. We’ll take note of how winter has changed the landscape, and how plants and animals adapt to survive this “dormant” season. Our wander will end in the Pine Grove, where we’ll warm up with hot chocolate around a campfire.

Please note: We will be hiking for approximately 2 miles. Suggested ages 6 and older. Pre-registration required.



Members: Adult $9, Child $6; Nonmembers: Adult $15, Child $10

Snowy Owl Prowl
Saturday, January 21 | 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!

 

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½ - 3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Snowy Owl Prowl
Sunday, January 29 | 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!

 

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½ - 3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Friday, February 10 | 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 beach fire at the hike’s end.

 

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½-3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Snowy Owl Prowl
Saturday, February 11 | 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!

 

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½ - 3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Snowy Owl Prowl
Sunday, February 19 | 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!

 

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½ - 3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Tracks & Telltales for Kids
Tuesday, February 21 | 1-3PM

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. Using our skills of observation, we’ll find footprints and feeding sites, homes and hiding places. We’ll warm up after our trek with hot chocolate in the Pine Grove.

This walk is about 3/4 mile each way. We will go at an easy pace so little legs can keep up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.



Members: Adult $9, Child $6; Nonmembers: Adult $15, Child $10

Winter Wander
Thursday, February 23 | 1-3:30PM

An easy rambling walk that will take us along the Cedar Point Trail to Steep Hill Beach. We’ll take note of how winter has changed the landscape, and how plants and animals adapt to survive this “dormant” season. Our wander will end in the Pine Grove, where we’ll warm up with hot chocolate around a campfire.

Please note: We will be hiking for approximately 2 miles. Suggested ages 6 and older. Pre-registration required.



Members: Adult $9, Child $6; Nonmembers: Adult $15, Child $10

Snowman Building Contest on the Grand Allée
Friday, February 24 | 1-3PM

Looking for an outdoor activity to enjoy during school vacation? Come build snow people with us! What better place to form gigantic snowballs than the rolling hills at the Crane Estate? We’ll have a contest to determine the best winter characters – which snowman is the most traditional?  The most creative? The one that best represents Ipswich history? The one that best represents the Crane family? At the end of the day we’ll enjoy some hot chocolate to warm up.

Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult.



Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10

Winter Birding Along the Beach
Saturday, February 25 | 1-3PM

Join Ranger Dave Williams for a walk along Crane Beach to look for birds that frequent the shore during winter. Birders will enjoy the opportunity to spot species they don’t often see, while beginners will learn what to look and listen for to help identify these feathered friends. Bring your binoculars and your life list!  



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Winter Birding Along the Beach
Sunday, March 5 | 1-3PM

Join Ranger Dave Williams for a walk along Crane Beach to look for birds that frequent the shore during winter. Birders will enjoy the opportunity to spot species they don’t often see, while beginners will learn what to look and listen for to help identify these feathered friends. Bring your binoculars and your life list!  



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Stop, Look & Listen Tour
Saturday, March 11 | 1-3PM

An outdoor adventure for the whole family! We’ll walk from the Barn to the Pine Grove, investigating the trail for tracks and signs left behind by travelers that passed through before us, and piece together the evidence that will help us see the story in the landscape. Bring your sharp senses and your skills of observation! At the end of the hike we’ll warm up with hot chocolate around a campfire.

This walk is about 3/4 mile each way. We will go at an easy pace so little legs can keep up. Children must be accompanied by and adult.



Members: Adult $9, Child $6; Nonmembers: Adult $15, Child $10

Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Sunday, March 12 | 6-8PM

Join us as we celebrate the Algonquin Worm Moon with a night hike through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge! At the time of this almost-spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.  At the end of our walk we’ll warm ourselves with hot cider around a  beachfire.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½-3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Snowy Owl Prowl
Sunday, March 26 | 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!

 

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½ - 3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Out Like A Lamb Hike
Friday, March 31 | 7-9PM

Join us as we celebrate the last evening of the month of March with a night hike through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge! We’ll hope for the almost-spring temperatures of the month going out like a lamb, but we’ll have a great hike even if the roaring cold lion is still around!  At the end of our walk we’ll warm ourselves with hot cider around a beach fire.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½-3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

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