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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:

Full Moon and Folklore Hike
Saturday, April 4 | 7-9PM

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. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon. Bring your own fun facts and folklore to share around the bonfire at the end of our hike!Suggested ages 13 and older.



Member:$15. Nonmember:$25.

Toad Trek: In Search of Bufo Americanus
Saturday, April 18 | 7-9PM

Ever wonder what that screeching sound is on damp spring evenings? The cacophonous chorus of toads and Spring Peepers means winter is finally coming to an end. In the early evening darkness we'll quietly make our way through the dunes to the bogs and puddles that serve as breeding pools for the American Toad, and hope to catch a glimpse of them (and other species too!) as they call to find a mate. These are the toads you most often see around your yard – but there's a lot to learn about them! Come with us as we get up close and personal with these bumpy jumpers!
*Children must be accompanied by an adult.



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

Full Moon and Folklore Hike
Monday, May 4 | 7:30-9:30PM
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 bonfire at the end of our hike, so brush up on your lunar literacy!Suggested ages 13 and older.

Member: $15 Nonmember: $25

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 | 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!

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: $15 Nonmember: $25

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

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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Register online by clicking on the event title or call or email:
Dorothy Antczak
978.356.4351, x4052 or
978.810.5892
dantczak@ttor.org

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