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Crane Outdoor Adventures Program

Crane Wildlife Refuge: kayaks

 

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:

Kayak Fox Creek
Sunday, May 24 | 4-6PM
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 late-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. Limited to ages 15 and older.

Member: $35 Nonmember: $50

Snakes Alive! Snake Hunt and Live Snake Show
Saturday, May 30 | 10AM-12Noon
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!

Member: Adults: $15 Child: $10. Nonmember: Adults: $20, Child: $15.

Full Moon and Folklore Hike
Tuesday, June 2 | 8-10PM
The month of June’s full moon is called the Full Strawberry Moon. Local Native American tribes knew it 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 our hike.
Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2_ miles. 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 and older; pre-registration is required.

Member: $10 Nonmember: $15

Kayak Fox Creek
Sunday, June 7 | 3-5PM
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 late-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. Limited to ages 15 and older.

Member: $35 Nonmember: $50

Kayak Fox Creek
Sunday, June 14 | 9:30AM-12Noon
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!
We'll supply the kayaks and lifejackets; unfortunately we cannot allow you to use your own kayak, but you are welcome to bring your own Coast Guard-approved pfd if you wish. Please note: Limited to ages 15 and older. You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and pre-registration is required. We'll email a list of what to bring with your confirmation.


Member: $35. Nonmember: $45.

The Long Way Around Hike (Bag Lunch included)
Saturday, June 20 | 9AM-2PM

This hike explores the wild wonders of the Crane Estate and the Crane Wildlife Refuge, from the Ipswich River to Essex Point and back again! We'll launch our long walk with a stroll down the Cedar Point trail, and meander through Fox Creek to the Ipswich River. After a ceremonious baptism, we'll find our way to the Castle Neck dune trails, and make our way along the backside of Crane Beach to Essex Point, where we'll celebrate our arrival with a dip into the waters of the Essex River. We'll have swim breaks along the way -- and a bag lunch prepared by Ferreira Foods delivered to us at the approximate halfway point! Come prepared for a leisurely long-way-around walk of about 8 miles!

Recommended for ages 13 & up. Please note: Children ages 13 and older are welcome to participate if they are capable of keeping up with the group when hiking through soft sand for a distance of 8-8.5 miles (round-trip).



Member: $25. Nonmember: $35.

Solstice Sunset Salute
Sunday, June 21 | 7-9PM

Bring the whole family and come celebrate the Summer Solstice -- and Father's Day too! We'll gather around a bonfire on Crane Beach to watch as the sun sets on the longest day of the year. Bring a picnic if you like -- we'll supply s'mores and lemonade!



Member: Adult: $15; Child: $5 Nonmember: Adult: $30; Child: $10.

Kid's Night Hike
Friday, June 26 | 8-9:30PM
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 awhile to stargaze, then we'll finish our hike with s'mores around a campfire in the Pine Grove!
Pre-registration is required.

Member: Adult: $10; Child: $5 Nonmember: Adult: $15; Child: $10

Kayak to Choate Tour
Sunday, June 28 | 2-5PM

A paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer day? 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 up to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Mine Crane are buried. After the hike, we'll kayak around the island to enjoy the views from the water (tides permitting). Please note: Limited to ages 15 and older. You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience. Pre-registration required.



Member: $35. Nonmember: $45

Full Moon and Folklore Hike
Thursday, July 2 | 8-10PM

Native Americans named July's full moon the Buck Moon in observance of male deer, who in July begin to re-grow antlers shed the previous winter. Other names for this full moon include Thunder Moon, for the month’s frequent thunderstorms, and Hay Moon, after the July hay harvest. We might also call it the Armstrong Moon -- a nod to astronaut Neil Armstrong's first footsteps on the moon on July 20, 1969.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 3 - 3_ miles (round-trip). 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.

Pre-registration is required.

Recommended for ages 13 & up. Please note: Children under the age of 13 are welcome to participate in the Full Moon hikes if they are capable of keeping up with the group when hiking up and down dunes through soft sand for a distance of 3 - 3_ miles (round-trip).



Member: $10. Nonmember: $15.

Let's Make A Field Guide! What We Find at the Beach
Thursday, July 9 | 1-3PM

What better way to get to know the plants and animals that inhabit Crane Beach than to create our very own Field Guides? Join us as we investigate the tidepools and the wrackline to discover and record the many creatures that make their homes along the shore. We'll assemble one-of-a-kind booklets that you can write in -- draw, glue sand, make pencil rubbings (of the dead stuff!) – and then take your Field Guide home with you to remember all the amazing things you found during your day at the beach!

Suggested ages 6-10; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-registration is required.



Member: $5. Nonmember: $10

A Friday for Fireflies! Kid's Night Hike
Friday, July 10 | 8-9:30PM
An evening adventure for the whole family! Join us for a hike down the Cedar Point trail to the Pine Grove. We'll look for the flash of fireflies in the fields that stretch to the marsh, along the fringes of the woods that line the trail to the Pine Grove, and in the dark of the Pine Grove itself. Did you know that different species of fireflies have different flash patterns? We'll try to differentiate between our bioluminescent buddies and count how many different species of fireflies live around the Crane Estate. We'll finish our evening observations with s'mores around a campfire in the Pine Grove!

Pre-registration is required.

Member: Adult: $10; Child: $5 Nonmember: Adult: $15; Child: $10

Clam-O-Rama! Wild Edibles from the Marsh
Tuesday, July 14 | 5-7:30PM

An edible adventure for the whole family! Ipswich has long been renowned for it's delicious soft-shell clams. Join us as we wander into Fox Creek to find out firsthand where our food comes from! We'll dig for a variety of clams – and maybe find some vegetables to go with them – and then hike to the Pine Grove to cook and eat what we've gathered. You may want to bring a bag supper to supplement our harvest – clamming is harder than it looks!

Pre-registration is required.



Member: $15 Nonmember: $30

Kayak to Choate Tour
Sunday, July 19 | 2-5PM

A paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer day? 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 up to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Mine Crane are buried. After the hike, we'll kayak around the island to enjoy the views from the water (tides permitting). Please note: Limited to ages 15 and older.You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience.
Pre-registration required.



Member: $35. Nonmember: $45.

One Moon, Two Moon - It's a Blue Moon!
Friday, July 31 | 7:30-9:30PM
Join us as we celebrate the second full moon in July! We'll stroll along Crane Beach and watch the moonrise, then kick back in the sand and relax. We'll listen to some music, toast marshmallows over a bonfire -- maybe even do a little dancing in the moonlight! An evening adventure for the whole family to enjoy.
Pre-registration is required.


Member: $15. Nonmember: $20.

Tidepools & Wracklines
Wednesday, August 5 | 9:30-11:30AM
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. If time allows, we'll create a collaborative artwork in the sand, and allow the sea to erase it when the tide comes in � Nature's Etch-a-Sketch! An educational adventure for the whole family.
Pre-registration is required.

Member: Adult: $10; Child: $5 Nonmember: Adult: $15; Child: $10

Marsh Madness!
Thursday, August 6 | 10AM-12Noon
Join us for this mud-lucious adventure in the Great Marsh! We'll meander through the winding waterways that lead to Fox Creek, looking for the creatures that live and thrive with the rise and fall of the tides. As we explore the mudflats we'll dig for razor clams, cheer for green crabs as they race one another to the creek, and get as muddy as possible. Free spraying with hose after our adventure!
Pre-registration is required.

Member: Adult: $10; Child: $5 Nonmember: Adult: $15; Child: $10

Kayak to Choate
Sunday, August 9 | 2-5PM

A paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer day? 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 up to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Mine Crane are buried. After the hike, we'll kayak around the island to enjoy the views from the water (tides permitting). Please note: Limited to ages 15 and older. You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience. Pre-registration required.



Member: $35. Nonmember: $45.

View the Perseid Meteor Showers: A Family Night Hike
Wednesday, August 12 | 7:30-9:30PM
A stargazing adventure for the whole family! Join us for a hike down the Cedar Point trail to Steep Hill Beach � and bring a blanket so you can stretch out in the sand for optimal viewing as darkness falls. If we're lucky, we might see an earthgrazer � a long-tailed, meteor slowly traveling horizontally across the evening sky. Perseid earthgrazers only appear early to mid-evening, when the radiant point of the shower is close to the horizon. Though the best time to observe the meteor shower is just before dawn, we'll hope to catch a good number of falling stars before we end our evening with s'mores and lemonade around a bonfire.
Pre-registration is required.


Member: Adult: $10; Child: $5. Nonmember: Adult: $15; Child: $10.

Kayak to Choate, with Picnic Supper
Sunday, August 16 | 3-7PM

Join us for an afternoon kayak paddle, followed by a leisurely walking tour of Choate Island. We'll stop in to view the Proctor Barn and the Choate House, then continue on to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Mine Crane are buried. After marveling over the breathtaking views of the marsh and Essex Bay, we'll make our way back to the Proctor Barn for a delicious picnic supper catered by Ferreira Foods. Please note: Limited to ages 15 and older. You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience. Pre-registration required.



Member: $50. Nonmember: $65

Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Saturday, August 29 | 7-9PM
Known as the Red Moon for the reddish hue it often takes on in the sultry summer haze, August's full moon is also called the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon. Colonial Americans dubbed this moon the Dog Days Moon, while North American fishing tribes, who knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full moon, called it the Sturgeon Moon.
Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 3 - 3_ miles. 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.
Pre-registration is required.

Recommended for ages 13 & up. Please note: Children under the age of 13 are welcome to participate in the Full Moon hikes if they are capable of keeping up with the group when hiking up and down dunes through soft sand for a distance of 3 - 3_ miles (round-trip).

Member: $10. Nonmember: $15.

Beach Plum Jam Workshop
Wednesday, September 2 | 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: $75. Nonmember: $90.

Labor Day Weekend Family Camp Out
Saturday, September 5 | 11PM-11AM
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. Adult $40, Child $25

Painting Choate (Bag Lunch included)
Thursday, September 10 | 10AM-2PM
Pack your palette, your paintbrush, your easel and all the supplies you'll need � including a bag lunch and snacks for fortification! � to take full advantage of this rare opportunity to paint the coveted sights from Choate Island. Overlooking the Great Marsh with views that stretch to the coast of Gloucester, Choate is an ideal vantage point to capture spectacular images of this iconic landscape.
We will transport you and your materials to and from Choate Island by boat, then truck you to a general area of your choosing. Upon registration, we'll send a confirmation letter with suggestions of what to bring along to optimize comfort and minimize misery!
Pre-registration required.


Member: $40. Nonmember: $50.

Crane Contra Dance
Friday, September 11 | 6-8PM
A family-friendly event! All are welcome to join in this celebration of community as we gather musicians, callers and dancers together in the Italian Garden to dance in the early evening hours. If it rains, we'll hold the dance in the Barn. Food and drink will be available.

Pre-registration is required.


Member: Adult $20 Child $FREE Nonmember: Adult $25 Child $5

Choate Island Tour
Saturday, September 12 | 2-5PM
Enjoy one stunning view after the next as we explore Choate Island, a drumlin that is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, an island-studded patchwork of salt marsh and tidal creeks located in Essex Bay. During this guided tour, participants will walk a spectacular network of carriageways and footpaths that link cobbled beaches and grassy fields with forested hillsides and historic buildings. We'll take a look inside the 1778 Proctor Barn, and the Choate House, built around 1725, then continue up to the highest point on the island, where the Crane Family burial ground looks out over Plum Island Sound. This tour includes a complimentary boat ride to and from the refuge. Please note: the full round-trip hike is a distance of approximately four miles, and is fairly strenuous.
Pre-registration required.

Member: $20. Nonmember: $30. Children under 12: FREE

Choate Island Tour
Sunday, September 13 | 2-5PM
Enjoy one stunning view after the next as we explore Choate Island, a drumlin that is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, an island-studded patchwork of salt marsh and tidal creeks located in Essex Bay. During this guided tour, participants will walk a spectacular network of carriageways and footpaths that link cobbled beaches and grassy fields with forested hillsides and historic buildings. We'll take a look inside the 1778 Proctor Barn, and the Choate House, built around 1725, then continue up to the highest point on the island, where the Crane Family burial ground looks out over Plum Island Sound. This tour includes a complimentary boat ride to and from the refuge. Please note: the full round-trip hike is a distance of approximately four miles, and is fairly strenuous.
Pre-registration required.

Member: $20. Nonmember: $30. Children under 12: FREE

Choate Island Tour
Sunday, September 27 | 2-5PM
Enjoy one stunning view after the next as we explore Choate Island, a drumlin that is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, an island-studded patchwork of salt marsh and tidal creeks located in Essex Bay. During this guided tour, participants will walk a spectacular network of carriageways and footpaths that link cobbled beaches and grassy fields with forested hillsides and historic buildings. We'll take a look inside the 1778 Proctor Barn, and the Choate House, built around 1725, then continue up to the highest point on the island, where the Crane Family burial ground looks out over Plum Island Sound. This tour includes a complimentary boat ride to and from the refuge. Please note: the full round-trip hike is a distance of approximately four miles, and is fairly strenuous.
Pre-registration required.

Member: $20. Nonmember: $30. Children under 12: FREE

Choate Island Tour
Saturday, October 3 | 2-5PM
Enjoy one stunning view after the next as we explore Choate Island, a drumlin that is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, an island-studded patchwork of salt marsh and tidal creeks located in Essex Bay. During this guided tour, participants will walk a spectacular network of carriageways and footpaths that link cobbled beaches and grassy fields with forested hillsides and historic buildings. We'll take a look inside the 1778 Proctor Barn, and the Choate House, built around 1725, then continue up to the highest point on the island, where the Crane Family burial ground looks out over Plum Island Sound. This tour includes a complimentary boat ride to and from the refuge. Please note: the full round-trip hike is a distance of approximately four miles, and is fairly strenuous.
Pre-registration required.

Member: $20. Nonmember: $30. Children under 12: FREE

Choate Island Tour
Sunday, October 4 | 2-5PM
Enjoy one stunning view after the next as we explore Choate Island, a drumlin that is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, an island-studded patchwork of salt marsh and tidal creeks located in Essex Bay. During this guided tour, participants will walk a spectacular network of carriageways and footpaths that link cobbled beaches and grassy fields with forested hillsides and historic buildings. We'll take a look inside the 1778 Proctor Barn, and the Choate House, built around 1725, then continue up to the highest point on the island, where the Crane Family burial ground looks out over Plum Island Sound. This tour includes a complimentary boat ride to and from the refuge. Please note: the full round-trip hike is a distance of approximately four miles, and is fairly strenuous.
Pre-registration required.

Member: $20. Nonmember: $30. Children under 12: FREE

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

 
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Dorothy Antczak
978.356.4351, x4052 or
978.810.5892
dantczak@ttor.org

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