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:

Ornaments from Nature
Saturday, December 16 | 10AM-12Noon

Join us as we gather treasures from the beach and the Pine Grove to create beautiful and unique ornaments to celebrate the Holidays! Wreaths, cards, decorations -- nature will supply the materials, you'll need to bring your creative spirit! And a smock! Dress for the weather as much of this program will take place outside. Fun for the whole family! Registration required.



Member: $9 Nonmembers5: $15

Dunes to Tavern Solstice Stroll
Thursday, December 21 | 6:30-9:30PM

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: $32 Nonmember: $40

In With The New Hike
Monday, January 1 | 10AM-12Noon

Welcome the New Year with a brisk hike through the Crane Wildlife Refuge! We’ll begin with a small fire on the beach – bring a slip of paper with regrets from the past year, and we’ll send them up in smoke. Then we’ll cleanse our psyches with a trek through the starkly beautiful landscape of the dunes; trails winding along the sandy hills, blood pumping, the smell of the sea in the air – what a perfect way to to enter into 2018! At hike’s end we’ll warm up with hot cider.

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

An email with details about where to meet, what to bring, etc., will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the hike.



Member: $9 Nonmember: $15

Trivia in the Inn at Castle Hill
Wednesday, January 3 | 7-9:30PM

Nothing like a midweek mixer to vanquish the wintertime blahs! Join us on Wednesday evenings in the Inn at the Castle Hill to flex your mind’s muscles and brandish your brainpower in a rousing game of Trivia! Come with a group of your smartest friends, or team up with other singles to win the prize of the week!  We’ll have a toasty warm fire in the fireplace, bar snacks, and a cash bar with a selection of wine and beer. One free drink included with your registration. A great way to spice up a dark and chilly winter Wednesday!

Must be 21+. Register online at www.thetrustees.org/craneoutdooradventures. Please note: In the case of inclement weather, please check Facebook to be sure we are ON for the evening!



Member: $12; Nonmember: $20

Silent Meditation Hike: Intention
Saturday, January 6 | 6-8PM

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 at the Crane Estate! The evening will begin indoors with a brief introduction to Mindfulness and the theme of “Intention” with some deep breathing and stretching exercises, followed by a walk along the Cedar Point Trail and Steep Hill Beach. 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 marsh in the darkness will rejuvenate your soul. At the end of the hike, we will relax (indoors) for a 20-minute guided meditation.

Suggested ages 13 and older.

An email with details about where to meet, what to bring, etc., will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the event.



Member: $12 Nonmember: $20

Snowy Owl Prowl
Saturday, January 6 | 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, 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.

An email with details about where to meet, what to bring, etc., will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the event.



Member: $9 Nonmember: $15

Trivia in the Inn at Castle Hill
Wednesday, January 10 | 7-9:30PM

Nothing like a midweek mixer to vanquish the wintertime blahs! Join us on Wednesday evenings in the Inn at the Castle Hill to flex your mind’s muscles and brandish your brainpower in a rousing game of Trivia! Come with a group of your smartest friends, or team up with other singles to win the prize of the week!  We’ll have a toasty warm fire in the fireplace, bar snacks, and a cash bar with a selection of wine and beer. One free drink included with your registration. A great way to spice up a dark and chilly winter Wednesday!

Must be 21+. Register online at www.thetrustees.org/craneoutdooradventures. Please note: In the case of inclement weather, please check Facebook to be sure we are ON for the evening!



Member: $12; Nonmember: $20

Trivia in the Inn at Castle Hill
Wednesday, January 17 | 7-9:30PM

Nothing like a midweek mixer to vanquish the wintertime blahs! Join us on Wednesday evenings in the Inn at the Castle Hill to flex your mind’s muscles and brandish your brainpower in a rousing game of Trivia! Come with a group of your smartest friends, or team up with other singles to win the prize of the week!  We’ll have a toasty warm fire in the fireplace, bar snacks, and a cash bar with a selection of wine and beer. One free drink included with your registration. A great way to spice up a dark and chilly winter Wednesday!

Must be 21+. Register online at www.thetrustees.org/craneoutdooradventures. Please note: In the case of inclement weather, please check Facebook to be sure we are ON for the evening!



Member: $12; Nonmember: $20

Trivia in the Inn at Castle Hill
Wednesday, January 24 | 7-9:30PM

Nothing like a midweek mixer to vanquish the wintertime blahs! Join us on Wednesday evenings in the Inn at the Castle Hill to flex your mind’s muscles and brandish your brainpower in a rousing game of Trivia! Come with a group of your smartest friends, or team up with other singles to win the prize of the week!  We’ll have a toasty warm fire in the fireplace, bar snacks, and a cash bar with a selection of wine and beer. One free drink included with your registration. A great way to spice up a dark and chilly winter Wednesday!

Must be 21+. Register online at www.thetrustees.org/craneoutdooradventures. Please note: In the case of inclement weather, please check Facebook to be sure we are ON for the evening!



Member: $12; Nonmember: $20

Carnival Costume Ball
Saturday, February 10 | 7-10PM

The Krewe of Crane invites you to an evening of feasting and revelry to celebrate Carnival and Mardi Gras, with live music by the Squeezebox Stompers, food and drink. French for "Fat Tuesday", Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan celebrations of spring and fertility, like the wild Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Lupercalia. The current incarnation of Carnival, influenced by Christianity, allows for a period of excess and debauchery before the ritual fasting and abstinence of the Lenten season. We plan to indulge you with sumptuous treats, luscious libations, and music that will encourage you to dance with wild abandon. Costumes are encouraged! Cash bar; two drinks included with registration; www.thetrustees.org/craneoutdooradventures 

This is a 21 and over event. Registration required.



Member: $44 Nonmember: $55

Snowy Owl Prowl
Sunday, February 18 | 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.

An email with details about where to meet, what to bring, etc., will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the event.



Member: $9 Nonmember: $15

Winter Wander
Wednesday, February 21 | 10AM-12Noon

An easy rambling walk for curious kids! We’ll hike the Cedar Point Trail along the edge of the marsh to Steep Hill Beach, taking 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.

An email with details about where to meet, what to bring, etc., will be sent after you register.



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

This Hike Is For the Birds
Thursday, February 22 | 1-3PM

We’ll start this hike at the Barn on the Crane Estate, and wander the paths to the Pine Grove. On the way, we’ll use our skills of observation to see what kinds of birds are around in the winter – where are they hanging out, and what are they doing? What do they sound like? With the leaves gone from the trees, we may even see some abandoned bird nests – and we’ll take a peek to see who may have moved in! Once we get to the Pine Grove, we’ll collect pine cones to bring back to the Barn, where we’ll make unique bird feeders for you to hang up at home.

Please note: We will be hiking for approximately 1.5 miles. Suggested ages 4-10; children must be accompanied by an adult.

An email with details about where to meet, what to bring, etc., will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the event.



Member Adult: FREE, Member Child: $5; Nonmember Adult: FREE, Nonmember Child: $10

Snowman Contest on the Grand Allée
Friday, February 23 | 1-2:30PM

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.

An email with details about where to meet, what to bring, etc., will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the event.



Member: $5; Nonmember: $10

The “Energy Begets Energy” Hike
Sunday, February 25 | 1-3PM

It’s winter. The air inside is stale, you just ate a bag of chips for lunch, and the couch is calling your name. There’s stuff you should be doing, but you’re just not feeling it – and yet another nap seems so boring. We have just the thing to make you feel tip top in no time! Join us for an energetic hike around the Crane Estate! Route will be determined by weather. The pace will be brisk, the air will be fresh, the chips will be burned off, and you’ll leave feeling invigorated! 

Please note: We will be hiking for approximately 4 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older.

An email with details about where to meet, what to bring, etc., will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the hike.



Member: $9 Nonmember: $15

Full Moon and Folklore Hike
Thursday, March 1 | 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 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

An email with details about where to meet, what to bring, etc., will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the hike.



Member: $9 Nonmember: $15

Snowy Owl Prowl
Sunday, March 18 | 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.

An email with details about where to meet, what to bring, etc., will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the event.



Member: $9 Nonmember: $15

Spring Soirée
Tuesday, March 20 | 7-10PM

Gather at the Great House on the Crane Estate to mark the Vernal Equinox with music, libations and laughter! Winter is on its way out, and we’ll celebrate longer days and warmer weather with live music, dancing in the ballroom, delectable nibbles and a cash bar – your first drink to toast the season is included with your registration. Please bring your confirmation as your ticket; we’ll also have a reservation list at the door. Join us as we ring in the Spring!

This is a 21 and over event.



Member: $28 Nonmember: $35

The “Energy Begets Energy” Hike
Saturday, March 24 | 1-3PM

It’s winter. The air inside is stale, you just ate a bag of chips for lunch, and the couch is calling your name. There’s stuff you should be doing, but you’re just not feeling it – and yet another nap seems so boring. We have just the thing to make you feel tip top in no time! Join us for an energetic hike around the Crane Estate! Route will be determined by weather. The pace will be brisk, the air will be fresh, the chips will be burned off, and you’ll leave feeling invigorated! 

Please note: We will be hiking for approximately 4 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older.

An email with details about where to meet, what to bring, etc., will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the hike.



Member: $9 Nonmember: $15

Blue Moon and Brew Party
Saturday, March 31 | 7-9:30PM

Join us as we celebrate the second Blue Moon of 2018 with a hike on Crane Beach! After we view the moonrise, we’ll head up to the Tavern for a brew-tasting with Notch Brewery. A brisk hike, a warming fire in the hearth, something to nosh on, the company of friends, and great beer – a fine way to spend a Saturday night!

This is a 21 and over event. Cash bar; one drink and tasting included with registration.

Registration required. An email with details about where to meet, what to bring, etc., will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the event.



Member: $15; Nonmember: $25

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