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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:

Silent Meditation Hike
Saturday, April 29 | 7:30-9:30PM

Take a few hours out of your busy life to commune with nature and re-center yourself -- and join us for an evening of Mindfulness and Meditation on Crane Beach! The evening will begin with a brief introduction to Mindfulness with some deep breathing and stretching exercises, followed by a walk through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge. The  hike itself will be silent, so that you can get the most of your mindfulness experience. The hush and calm of the evening, and the beauty of the dunes in the darkness will rejuvenate your soul. At the end of the hike, we will relax by the ocean’s edge for a 20-minute meditation on the beach.

 



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Wednesday, May 10 | 8-10PM

Join us for a hike under the Full Flower Moon. The Algonquin tribes named this moon for the abundance of wild flowers starting to bloom this time of year. Other Native American tribes called this moon Mother's Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon; temperatures are warm enough for animals to safely bear their young, and with a near end to late frosts, planting can begin.  We’ll share other facts and folklore around a bonfire at the end of our hike, so brush up on your lunar literacy!



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

The Long Way Around Hike
Saturday, May 13 | 10AM-3PM

This hike explores the wild wonders of the Crane Estate!  We’ll launch our long walk at the Cedar Point Trail and follow it to the Ipswich River, then meander along the beach and through seldom-traveled paths to the trailhead at the Crane Wildlife Refuge. We’ll wander the dunes to Essex Bay, then make our way along the backside of Crane Beach to reach the Essex River. A bag lunch will be delivered to us at the approximate halfway point, and will give us the sustenance we’ll need to finish the hike! Come prepared for a leisurely long-way-around walk of about 9 miles.  

(Bag Lunch included!)



Members: $28 Nonmembers: $35

A Fairy House Tea for Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 14 | 1-3PM

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a magical tea party! We’ll start with a walk to the Pine Grove, then create special fairy houses to visit for teatime. Join in the wonder of making a tiny world with nature’s treasures, and linger for a cuppa and a snack to honor the awe-inspiring marvels of Mothers!



Members: Adult $FREE; Child $9. Nonmembers: Adult $FREE; Child $15

Snakes Alive! Snake Hunt and Live Snake Show
Sunday, May 21 | 1-3PM

An afternoon designed to make every herpetologist happy! We’ll start with a hunt for local snake species around the Crane Estate, looking under logs and around the stone walls that lace the property. Capture will be strictly catch and release! We’ll then make our way to the Barn where Rick Roth, founder and executive director of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team and local snake expert, will present "Snakes of New England and the World." Rick cares for over 100 snakes of all different species -- even if we don’t find any slithering friends on our hunt, there will be plenty of snakes to see and learn about during the show!



Members: Adults: $15 Child: $9. Nonmembers: Adults: $25, Child: $15

Morning Sunshine! Yoga on the Roof
Sunday, May 21 | 8-9:30AM

Rise and shine and meet us on the roof of the Great House for a morning stretch! 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 and celebrate spring!



Member: $17; Nonmember: $28

Kid’s Night Hike
Friday, May 26 | 7:30-9:30PM

An evening adventure for the whole family! Join us for a hike down the Cedar Point trail to Steep Hill Beach, and experience the hush of dusk as the sun fades and the creatures of the marsh prepare for nightfall. We’ll stop for a while to stargaze, then finish our hike with s’mores around a campfire in the Pine Grove!



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

Kayak Fox Creek
Saturday, May 27 | 9:30-11:30AM

Have you ever wanted to kayak the winding waters that meander through the marsh between the Ipswich River and Essex Bay? Join us at Steep Hill Beach for this early-in-the-day adventure as we paddle Fox Creek, the oldest man-made tidewater canal in the United States! As we wend our way through the marsh, we’ll be on the lookout for herons, egrets, and other shore birds -- with luck we’ll spot an osprey hunting for its supper! We’ll supply the kayaks and lifejackets; please call to learn more.



Members: $36 Nonmembers: $45

Kayak Fox Creek
Sunday, June 4 | 8-10AM

Have you ever wanted to kayak the winding waters that meander through the marsh between the Ipswich River and Essex Bay? Join us at Steep Hill Beach for this early-in-the-day adventure as we paddle Fox Creek, the oldest man-made tidewater canal in the United States! As we wend our way through the marsh, we’ll be on the lookout for herons, egrets, and other shore birds -- with luck we’ll spot an osprey hunting for its supper! We’ll supply the kayaks and lifejackets; please call to learn more.



Members: $36 Nonmembers: $45

Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Friday, June 9 | 8-10PM

Join us as we head into the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge for a hike under the Full Strawberry Moon. Local Native American tribes knew this moon as a signal to gather ripening fruit. We’ll welcome the arrival of summer with a snack involving fresh strawberries and a celebratory bonfire at the end of the evening.



Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15

Kayak Fox Creek with Picnic
Sunday, June 11 | 11AM-2PM

Join us as we kayak the winding waters that meander through the marsh between the Ipswich River and Essex Bay. We’ll start our adventure at Steep Hill Beach, then paddle into the Ipswich River to Fox Creek, traveling through the oldest man-made tidewater canal in the United States! As we wend our way through the marsh, we’ll be on the lookout for herons, egrets, and other shore birds -- with luck we’ll spot an osprey hunting for its supper! A picnic lunch will be waiting for us when we arrive at our destination. We’ll supply the kayaks and lifejackets; please call to learn more.



Members: $44 Nonmembers: $55

Father’s Day Weekend Family Camp Out
Saturday, June 17 | 11-11AM

Celebrate Father's Day with an adventure-filled weekend of 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. We’ll make a delicious, nutritious camp out supper – and follow that with s’mores around the campfire on Saturday night. A light breakfast will be 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).



Members Only: Adult $45, Child $25

Yoga On Steep Hill Beach!
Sunday, June 25 | 7:30-9AM

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 Island
Sunday, June 25 | 8:30-10:30AM

A paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer morning? 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 continuing to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, we’ll kayak around the island to get the views 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.



Members: $36 Nonmembers: $45

The Water Telescope and A Tidepooling Adventure
Thursday, June 29 | 10-11:30AM

Water telescopes are long tubes with glass at the bottom to view things underwater. Fishermen in Norway have used them for centuries to search for herring and cod. We’ll make our own water telescopes, and then head to the beach to try them out in the tide pools. So many interesting plants and creatures live hidden in the rocks – who knows what we’ll discover!



Members: $12 Nonmembers: $20

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