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:

Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Sunday, April 29 | 7:30-9:30PM

According to The Farmer’s Almanac, April’s Full Pink Moon heralds the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. Among coastal tribes this moon was known as the Full Fish Moon, because shad swim upstream to spawn at this time of year. Other names are the Sprouting Grass Moon and the Egg Moon. Bring your own fun facts and folklore to share around the beach fire at the end of our hike!

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2½ -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; you will receive an email a few days before the hike with information as to where to meet, etc. Suggested ages 13 and older.



Member: $9;
Nonmember: $15;


A Fairy House Tea for Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 13 | 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!



Member Adult: FREE;
Member Child: $9;
Nonmember Adult: FREE;
Nonmember Child: $15;


Snakes Alive! Snake Hunt and Live Snake Show
Sunday, May 20 | 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!

Pre-registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.



Member Adult: $15;
Member Child: $9;
Nonmember Adult: $25;
Nonmember Child: $15;


Morning Sunshine! Yoga on the Roof
Sunday, May 20 | 8:30-10AM

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. Practice will be an hour and 15 minutes, followed by a cup of tea in the sunshine. What a great way to start the day and celebrate spring!



Member: $20;
Nonmember: $26;


Silent Meditation Hike
Saturday, May 26 | 8-10PM

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. Pre-registration required. Suggested ages 13 and older.



Member: $9;
Nonmember: $15;


Full Moon and Folklore Hike
Tuesday, May 29 | 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 beach fire at the end of our hike, so brush up on your lunar literacy! (We’ll also have lemonade and cookies to replenish our energy!)

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2½ -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. Suggested ages 13 and older.



Member: $9;
Nonmember: $15;


Boat Tour with Choate Hike & Picnic Lunch
Saturday, June 9 | 9AM-12:30PM

Join us for a morning cruise aboard the Osprey, 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 Miné 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 lunch catered by Ferreira Foods. Please note: Hike is approximately 4 miles roundtrip, and is somewhat strenuous. Pre-registration required. Limited to ages 15 and older.



Member: $48;
Nonmember: $60;


Kayak Fox Creek
Sunday, June 10 | 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 (sit on top) and lifejackets. Pre-registration required; limited to ages 15 and older.



Member: $36;
Nonmember: $45;


Morning Sunshine! Yoga on the Roof
Saturday, June 16 | 8:30-10AM

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. Practice will be an hour and 15 minutes, followed by a cup of tea in the sunshine. What a great way to start the day and celebrate spring!



Member: $20;
Nonmember: $26;


Castle Neck River Boat Tours
Saturday, June 16 | 1-2:30PM & 3-4:30PM

Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water. 

Pre-registration required as there is limited space.

TICKETS

1-2:30PM Tour >>

3-4:30PM Tour >>

 

 



Member: $24;
Nonmember: $30;


Castle Neck River Boat Tours
Saturday, June 23 | 9-10:30AM & 11AM-12:30PM

Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water. 

Pre-registration required as there is limited space.

TICKETS

9-10:30AM Tour >>

11AM-12:30PM Tour >>



Member: $24;
Nonmember: $30;


Castle Neck River Boat Tours
Sunday, June 24 | 9-10:30AM & 11AM-12:30PM

Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water. 

Pre-registration required as there is limited space.

TICKETS

9-10:30AM Tour >>

11AM-12:30PM Tour >>



Member: $24;
Nonmember: $30;


Full Moon & Folklore Hike
Thursday, June 28 | 8:15-10:15PM

Join us as we head into the dunes 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.

Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2½ -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. Suggested ages 13 and older.



Member: $9;
Nonmember: $15;


Progressive Dinner on the Crane Estate
Friday, June 29 | 6-10PM

Join us for a stroll to some of the lesser known sites on the Crane Estate, where you will be wined and dined through a sumptuous four-course meal. The settings and libation choices will complement the course: appetizers in the Rose Garden; the salad course atop the Chauffeur’s Garage looking out toward sunset; dinner on Steep Hill Beach; and dessert at the edge of the Grand Allée, looking out to sea. If we’re lucky, we’ll have a splendid view of the just-past-full moon. Our walk around the property will take us along seldom used trails, and will be about four miles in total. This is a 21+ event. Pre-registration required.

RAIN DATE: Saturday, June 30



Member: $100;
Nonmember: $125;


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