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CraneOutdoors

CraneOutdoors Program

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 >
Winter Beach Adventures
Join us for our Snowy Owl Prowls and Crane Beach Safaris.

Learn more >
Castle Neck Boat Tours
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey!

Learn more >

Upcoming Adventures:

January
30
Thursday
Cancelled -- January 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
Ipswich | Northeast
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January
30
Thursday
January After School STEM in Nature
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon a week in nature
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
1
Saturday
Morning Crane Beach Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand adventure!
Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
1
Saturday
Afternoon Crane Beach Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand adventure!
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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February
1
Saturday
Sold out: Self-Care Spa Day
Unwind, relax, and pamper yourself!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
1
Saturday
Snowy Owl Prowl
Trek the dunes of Castle Neck in search of the beautiful Snowy Owls - winter visitors to our shores
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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February
2
Sunday
Neighbor Property Hike: Winter at Ravenswood Park
Get out and explore the Trustees properties of the Northeast!
Ravenswood Park, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Gloucester | Northeast
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February
2
Sunday
Castle Hill 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
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February
2
Sunday
Make A Valentine
Learn paper making to create a beautiful, handmade valentine for (or with) someone special!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
6
Thursday
February After School STEM in Nature
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon a week in nature
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
6
Thursday
February 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
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
8
Saturday
Afternoon Crane Beach Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand adventure!
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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February
8
Saturday
Cancelled -- Family Full Snow 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, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
9
Sunday
Partner Yoga and Herbal Chocolate Workshop
Celebrate this Valentine's Day with your beloved with extra sweetness!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
9
Sunday
Snowy Owl Prowl
Trek the dunes of Castle Neck in search of the beautiful Snowy Owls - winter visitors to our shores
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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February
9
Sunday
Dunes By the Light of the Snow 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, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
13
Thursday
February After School STEM in Nature
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon a week in nature
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
13
Thursday
February 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
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
15
Saturday
Snowy Owl Prowl
Trek the dunes of Castle Neck in search of the beautiful Snowy Owls - winter visitors to our shores
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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February
15
Saturday
Give Yourself a Hygge
Learn about the Danish concept of “hygge” and create a beautiful candle while enjoying refreshments in the Great House
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
16
Sunday
Afternoon Crane Beach Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand adventure!
Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
16
Sunday
Morning Crane Beach Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand adventure!
Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
16
Sunday
Winter Fun at Castle Hill
Outdoor and indoor activities for an exciting and cozy February vacation week!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
17
Monday
Winter Fun at Castle Hill
Outdoor and indoor activities for an exciting and cozy February vacation week!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
17
Monday
Castle Hill 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
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February
18
Tuesday
Winter Fun at Castle Hill
Outdoor and indoor activities for an exciting and cozy February vacation week!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
18
Tuesday
WinterQuest at the Crane Estate
A morning of outdoor adventure, STEM, and fun for February break!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
19
Wednesday
Winter Fun at Castle Hill
Outdoor and indoor activities for an exciting and cozy February vacation week!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
19
Wednesday
WinterQuest at the Crane Estate
A morning of outdoor adventure, STEM, and fun for February break!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
20
Thursday
WinterQuest at the Crane Estate
A morning of outdoor adventure, STEM, and fun for February break!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
20
Thursday
Winter Fun at Castle Hill
Outdoor and indoor activities for an exciting and cozy February vacation week!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
February
20
Thursday
February After School STEM in Nature
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon a week in nature
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
February
21
Friday
WinterQuest at the Crane Estate
A morning of outdoor adventure, STEM, and fun for February break!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
21
Friday
Winter Fun at Castle Hill
Outdoor and indoor activities for an exciting and cozy February vacation week!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
21
Friday
Cancelled -- Afternoon Crane Beach Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand adventure!
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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February
22
Saturday
Family Snowy Owl Prowl
Get the family outside together on a prowl for our most striking winter guests - Snowy Owls!
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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February
22
Saturday
Crane Beach Photo Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand photography adventure!
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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February
22
Saturday
Winter Fun at Castle Hill
Outdoor and indoor activities for an exciting and cozy February vacation week!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
27
Thursday
February After School STEM in Nature
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon a week in nature
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
February
27
Thursday
February 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
Ipswich | Northeast
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February
29
Saturday
Leap Year Adventure in the Castle Neck Dunes
A once every 4 year opportunity for a bonus dune exploration!
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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February
29
Saturday
Crane Beach Birding Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand birding adventure!
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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March
1
Sunday
Afternoon Crane Beach Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand adventure!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
1
Sunday
Morning Crane Beach Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand adventure!
Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
5
Thursday
March After School STEM in Nature
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon a week in nature
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
5
Thursday
March 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
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
7
Saturday
Snowy Owl Prowl
Trek the dunes of Castle Neck in search of the beautiful Snowy Owls - winter visitors to our shores
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
7
Saturday
Family Full Worm 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, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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March
8
Sunday
Dunes by the Light of the Worm 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, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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March
12
Thursday
March 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
Ipswich | Northeast
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March
12
Thursday
March After School STEM in Nature
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon a week in nature
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
14
Saturday
Snowy Owl Prowl
Trek the dunes of Castle Neck in search of the beautiful Snowy Owls - winter visitors to our shores
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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March
14
Saturday
Neighbor Property Hike: Almost Spring at Agassiz Rock
Get out and explore the Trustees properties of the Northeast!
Agassiz Rock, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Manchester-by-the-Sea | Northeast
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March
15
Sunday
Morning Crane Beach Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand adventure!
Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
15
Sunday
Afternoon Crane Beach Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand adventure!
Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
19
Thursday
March 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
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
19
Thursday
March After School STEM in Nature
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon a week in nature
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
21
Saturday
Spring Equinox Outdoor Celebration
Welcome spring with an afternoon hike to a drink around the camp fire!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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March
22
Sunday
Crane Beach Photo Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand photography adventure!
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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March
22
Sunday
Seed Bombing!
Prepare for spring by creating seed bombs!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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March
22
Sunday
Afternoon Crane Beach Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand adventure!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
26
Thursday
March 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
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
26
Thursday
March After School STEM in Nature
Give your kids the gift of an afternoon a week in nature
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
28
Saturday
Morning Crane Beach Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand adventure!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
March
28
Saturday
Spring Mindfulness and Movement Morning Retreat
Welcome the spring with a nourishing, refreshing morning retreat on the grounds of Castle Hill.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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March
28
Saturday
Crane Beach Birding Safari
Take advantage of the winter beach for an over-sand birding adventure!
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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