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:

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
Saturday, March 3 | 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

Cancelled -- Spring Soirée
Tuesday, March 20 | 7-10PM
This event has been cancelled.

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