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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:

July
14
Tuesday
After Work Hike for Beer
End your day in style with an easy evening hike that ends with sunset drinks at an historical tavern!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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July
15
Wednesday
Wednesday Evening Paddle
End your day with a kayak adventure in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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July
21
Tuesday
Evening Yoga on Castle Hill
Unwind with yoga on the grounds of the Crane Estate
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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July
22
Wednesday
Wednesday Morning Paddle
Start your day with a kayak adventure in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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July
25
Saturday
Kayak to Choate Island
Kayak and hike your way to the perfect summer day!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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July
28
Tuesday
After Work Hike for Beer
End your day in style with an easy evening hike that ends with sunset drinks at an historical tavern!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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July
29
Wednesday
Wednesday Evening Paddle
End your day with a kayak adventure in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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August
4
Tuesday
Evening Yoga on Castle Hill
Unwind with yoga on the grounds of the Crane Estate
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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August
5
Wednesday
Wednesday Morning Paddle
Start your day with a kayak adventure in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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August
9
Sunday
Kayak to Choate Island
Kayak and hike your way to the perfect summer day!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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August
11
Tuesday
After Work Hike for Beer
End your day in style with an easy evening hike that ends with sunset drinks at an historical tavern!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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August
12
Wednesday
Wednesday Evening Paddle
End your day with a kayak adventure in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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August
18
Tuesday
Evening Yoga on Castle Hill
Unwind with yoga on the grounds of the Crane Estate
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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August
19
Wednesday
Wednesday Morning Paddle
Start your day with a kayak adventure in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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August
25
Tuesday
After Work Hike for Beer
End your day in style with an easy evening hike that ends with sunset drinks at an historical tavern!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
open in a new window
August
26
Wednesday
Wednesday Evening Paddle
End your day with a kayak adventure in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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August
30
Sunday
Kayak to Choate Island
Kayak and hike your way to the perfect summer day!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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September
1
Tuesday
Evening Yoga on Castle Hill
Unwind with yoga on the grounds of the Crane Estate
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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September
13
Sunday
Sunset Kayak in the Crane Wildlife Refuge
End your day with a kayak trip in the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge!
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Ipswich | Northeast
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