Tour

Undercover with the Piping Plover

Learn about piping plovers of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on this ranger guided tour.

Join park staff from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge to learn about the federally – threatened Atlantic coast piping plover nests and how it raises its young on Plum Island’s beaches from April through August. Join a refuge ranger for a chance to glimpse this native species in its wild habitat and to hear the story of how biologists work to conserve the plover under the Endangered Species Act.

When: 
Friday, June 16, 2017 9-11am

Kayak to Choate Island

Take a guided kayak paddle to Choate Island with the Trustees of Reservations!

Join The Trustees of Reservations for a paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer afternoon? Paddle across Essex Bay from the Trustees of Reservations boat dock to Choate Island. We’ll beach our boats for a tour of the island, stopping in at the Proctor Barn, the White Cottage and the Choate House, then continuing to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, we’ll kayak around the island to get the views from the water (tides permitting).

When: 
Saturday, July 8, 2017 2-5PM
Saturday, August 12, 2017 2-5PM

Morning Kayak to Choate Island

Take a guided kayak paddle to Choate Island with the Trustees of Reservations!

Join The Trustees of Reservations for a paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer morning? Paddle across Essex Bay from the Trustees of Reservations boat dock to Choate Island. We’ll beach our boats for a tour of the island, stopping in at the Proctor Barn, the White Cottage and the Choate House, then continuing to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, we’ll kayak around the island to get the views from the water (tides permitting).

When: 
Sunday, June 25, 2017 8:30-10:30am

Kayak Fox Creek

Kayak the twists and turns of Fox Creek in Ipswich with the Trustees of Reservations

Join The Trustees of Reservations to kayak the winding waters that meander through the marsh between the Ipswich River and Essex Bay. We’ll start our adventure at Steep Hill Beach, then paddle into the Ipswich River to Fox Creek, traveling through 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.

When: 
Sunday, June 4, 2017 8-10am

Mothers Day Brunch Picnic and Lilac Festival

Come enjoy the fantastic lilace display in the gardens and a Mother's Day Brunch at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place.

Get outside with your family this Mother’s Day and celebrate Mom with a picnic at The Stevens-Coolidge Place. Enjoy live music. Explore the garden with your little ones. Play croquet, bocce, ring toss, and other lawn games that will be set up throughout the garden. Take a family photo with a professional portrait photographer among the beautiful gardens.  Tea, coffee, pastries and fruit will be provided!

When: 
Sunday, May 14, 2017 10am-1pm

Tulip Festival Open House

Come enjoy the fantastic tulip display in the gardens at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place. Photo: John O'Neill

Come enjoy the exquisite Tulip display at The Stevens-Coolidge Place. The historic house will also be open which will provide a window into the history of a simple farm house turned elegant country estate. Not only will select rooms of the house be open to explore but there will also be an exhibition of Stevens-Coolidge Place inspired artwork for sale by local artists Ana Smyth, Mary Gimon and Francisco Colom.

When: 
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10am-2pm

Snowman Building Contest on the Grand Allée

Come join the fun and make snow people at the Trustees of Reservations' Crane Estate in Ipswich Masaachusetts

Looking for an outdoor activity to enjoy during school vacation? Come build snow people with the Trustees! 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.

When: 
Friday, February 24, 2017 1-3PM

Cedar Point Trail | Winter Wander

The Cedar Point Trail at the Crane Estate winds through varied terrain to the be

An outdoor adventure for the whole family!  An easy rambling walk that will take us along the Cedar Point Trail to Steep Hill Beach with naturalists from The Trustees of Reservations. We’ll take 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.

When: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 1-3:30PM

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