Owls and flowers and deer, Oh my! You don't have to go to Oz to see these wonderful sights. Come to the Crane Estate Art Show and Sale: Nature's Wisdom and you'll see all kinds of natural wonders in paint, ink, photo, and sculpture.
Trustees of Reservations
Grab your snow shoes, hiking boots or cross country skiis and get the family outside between Christmas and New Years to seek out our elusive herd of wooden reindeer sculptures found throughout the Grass Rides. See how many you can find and leave a bell around each one's neck. Bells can be found at the bulletin board. This Self-guided program takes place on the Appleton Grass Rides entrance off of Highland St. Trustees members park free. Nonmember's are $5. Dogs are welcome in the grass rides!
Tap into your childhood and celebrate the season with this very special adult Gingerbread House workshop!! We’ll cover all things gingerbread from making and baking the gingerbread pieces, to learning how to easily assemble houses that won’t crumble! From there, it’s all about creative fun decorating your very own gingerbread house to display & eat throughout the holidays! Class includes hands-on assembly and decorating, instruction, printed recipes, and take-home gingerbread house. Byob beer & wine allowed.
This special culinary workshop celebrates the bounty of the farm harvest with inspirational dishes perfect for your Thanksgiving table and beyond! We’ll celebrate seasonal crops as we prepare delicious rustic dishes…..many of which can be made ahead to keep it stress-fresh for the big day. Our menu may include recipes such as Roasted Sugar Pumpkin Soup, Country Sausage Stuffing with Apples & Herbs, Spaghetti Squash Gratin, Maple & Bacon Roasted Brussels, and scrumptious Cranberry-Pear Fruit Strudels. Class includes hands-on cooking with chef instruction, printed recipes, and a wonderful harvest meal at the end of the evening. Byob beer & wine allowed.
Its pie time and we have you covered for the Thanksgiving holiday! Come to the farm kitchen to learn all the basics for making delicious country-style pies including techniques on tender pie crust, rolling & assembly, and proper baking.…..all while keeping it fun, simple, and stress-free. Class includes individual hands-on preparation of 9” deep dish Caramel Apple Pies using farm-fresh apples, with each participant taking home their very own unbaked pie to pop in the freezer and bake fresh for their holiday table! Additional pie recipes will be included in the recipe book, and class will enjoy coffee & pie at the end of the workshop
On this Friday before Thanksgiving, in the dark of the new moon, we’ll walk with tea lights (no open flames!) to illuminate our passage through the trails and along the rolling hills at the Crane Estate. While we walk, we’ll talk about the first Thanksgiving, and how giving thanks can make us appreciate all the good and wonder in our lives. You’ll be amazed at how fortunate you are when you stop taking things for granted! Come with an attitude of gratitude! Pre-registration is suggested.
Come explore the Crane Estate trails in this season between the chaos of summer and the quiet of winter. We’ll take note of the ways nature gets ready to rest – the preparations that plants and animals make to survive the snowfall that will arrive in a matter of weeks. Bring your sharp senses and your skills of observation! This is an outdoor adventure for the whole family! We’ll end our ramble with a campfire and hot chocolate.
Join The Trustees of Reservations for a harrowing Halloween Hike through the haunted trails of the Crane Wildlife Refuge! All Hallow’s Eve is a night when the creatures of the woods roam the paths and the dunes, silent and scary. Bring someone you can hold on to – and be prepared to hike through soft sand up and down hills for approximately 1.5 miles! We’ll finish our adventure with witches brew and pumpkin bread around a campfire on the beach.
This Columbus Day, join us at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a day of free outdoor family fun! Play lawn games including ring toss, corn hole, tic tac toe, checkers, bocce, and badminton. Visit our craft table and take home a treasure from the day. Go on a Fall nature-based scavenger hunt and explore the beautiful grounds and gardens.
Join longtime volunteers Katrina and Susan to delve into the history of this magnificent working landscape. You'll learn how the Appleton family worked the farm from 1636 through 1998, while exploring Harvard's Gore Hall granite pinnacles on the property, each dedicated to a different Appleton family member.
Tuesday, December 12
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