For one weekend every June, the barns at the Cox Reservation are transformed with color and form as paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, monoprints, ceramics and pottery, and sculpture in wood and iron adorn the walls, window sills, tables, stairs and every nook and cranny of our rustic barns. Artists generously donate 50% of their sales to support the land conservation mission of Essex County Greenbelt Association.
Berlin-based contemporary artist Alicja Kwade (b.1979, Poland) has long been engaged with value systems, philosophical questions about the essence of reality, and with attempting to examine, if not resolve, issues of inherently subjective concepts such as space and time. In her sculptures, as well as installations, photographs, and films, Kwade occupies herself with the structural properties of everyday objects and questioning the veracity of matter, revealing possibilities for alternate realities, while examining social agreements and supposed truths.
Have you ever wanted to kayak the winding waters that meander through the marsh between the Ipswich River and Essex Bay? Join The Trustees of Reservations 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.
Calling all Super Dads! Bring the whole family along for Rockport father’s day 5k/10k road race. The Rockport Father’s Day 10K is hands down the most spectacular race course in New England! Run, walk or stroll(er) this beautiful course as it winds its way along the rocky coast of Rockport. Same views, shorter course is the 5K sister race to this Father’s Day tradition.
The US Coast Guard and the Ipswich Harbor Master have teamed up to bring the residents of Ipswich a boating safety course that will provide a great foundation for a Summer of fun on the water! Kids ages 12-15 who operate boats and teens 16-17 who operate personal water craft will fulfill their Massachusetts Boater Education requirement in this course. Attendees will learn about safe navigation, communication skills, weather information, personal water safety and how to handle an emergency situation on the water.
Celebrate spring's arrival by star gazing with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy ClubGirls in grades K-5 are invited to bring a friend to register for Girl Scouts at the next North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club Star Party! We’ll look at the stars through the large telescopes at High Rock Tower and Observatory and be treated to two hands-on workshops from an amateur astronomer or GSEMA staff. Space snacks will be provided!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate for a special Mother's Day tea! 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!
Come to Appleton Farms for this very special workshop with chef Carolyn Grieco as we explore the wonderful world of ancient grains and how to incorporate them in your daily cooking. Locally grown and milled grains are popping up everywhere and their culinary popularity continues to grow. We’ll explore many different varieties of grains along with their flavor & texture profiles, nutritional benefits, and how to handle them in the kitchen. We’ll prepare unique recipes incorporating some of these grains, and enjoy a wonderful dinner at the end of the evening. Class includes hands-on cooking with professional chef instruction and printed recipes. BYBO beer & wine allowed.
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!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate in search of the American Toad in Ipswich, Massachusetts! 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 awesome amphibians!