Treasure Hunt

Cat's Meow at the Crane Estate

Kids will have a exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!

How do you like to spend your summer vacation?  On this interactive tour for younger visitors and their families, join a member of the Crane’s household staff to explore what made this a relaxing summer home.  Peak into some of their private rooms and discover the family cat’s favorite hiding places!

Fridays & Saturdays through Summer 2017 10-11am

Dirt Detectives

Come to Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm and give your kids a shot at archaeology!

Come to  Spencer Peirce Little Farm for a program for homeschool families. Whether attending the morning or afternoon session, families are invited to have lunch at the property. Students become archaeologists as they excavate a mock pit with actual tools of the trade and process (put together) reproduction artifacts in a field lab. Inside the museum, they explore building archaeology via trap doors. They analyze objects to learn about daily life at the farm over the last three hundred years.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9-11am or 1-3pm

Scavenger Hunt at Hamlin Reservation

Join the Trustees of Reservations on a treasure hunt at Hamlin reservation in Ip

Looking for something fun to do with the kids during school vacation? Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Hamlin Reservation on a treasure hunt and hike.  Kids will search for natural treasure (and some man-made as well!) as they walk through the gently rolling fields of this former farmland, then over a dike path that leads to a loop trail around Eagle Island in the marshes of Ipswich. Bring your sharpest skills of observation and a bag to collect your treasures!

Thursday, April 24, 2014 1-2:30pm

Old Newbury Day Open House & Bonfire

Come to Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm for an open house and winter bonfire!

Come to  Spencer Peirce Little Farm for a mid-winter open house and bonfire to celebrate the official purchase of the town of Newbury on January 13, 1701. As part of this community-wide event, tour the Spencer-Pierce-Little House, enjoy hot cider and donuts for sale in the visitor center, and then walk to the nearby town-sponsored bonfire fueled by Christmas trees in the growing fields of Tendercrop Farm!

Saturday, January 14, 2017 3 - 9pm
Tree Drop-off by Jan 13 at the Newbury Fire Department

Come on Sunday!

The Greening of the Great House is a weekend of festivities at Castle Hill Ipswi

Kick off your holiday season with The Trustees of Reservations! Tour the Great House at the Crane Estate beautifully decorated for Christmas. Get into the holiday spirit with Christmas at Castle Hill. We're celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with room decorations inspired by the classic song. Enjoy live music and dance, children's activities, a Twelve Days of Christmas treasure hunt, and self-guided tours. Complementary warm cookies and mulled cider included.

Saturday, December 3, 2016 10am-4pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016 12-4pm

Map and Compass Treasure Hunt

Learn the basics of map reading and orienteering in this IRWS workshop.

It's nice to have GPS, but do you know how to read a map or use a compass? What happens if you're out on the trail and your GPS malfunctions or the batteries die?  Are you instantly lost?  Bring your compass (or use one of ours) and learn to find north, orient yourself, count paces, and use the map and compass to find your way. After some basics, we'll hit the trails and use the new skills learned to search for some hidden natural treasures. No experience necessary. This program is a good introduction to orienteering for the whole family.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 10-11:30 am

Greening of the Great House: Saturday

The Greening of the Great House is a weekend of festivities at Castle Hill Ipswi

You're invited to celebrate the magic of the holidays as the Great House on Castle Hill is festively decorated by area florists and designers for the 'Greening of the Great House'. The Greening of the Great House is a weekend-long event where families will enjoy live music, a dance performance, a children's Eye Spy, refreshments, and more throughout the weekend.

Saturday, December 7, 2013 Noon-6PM
Sunday, December 8, 2013 12-4PM

Nature's Harvest Free-for-All!

Enjoy Sampling natures harvest from cranberries to seaweed salad at Joppa Flats

Nature's riches abound during this festive time of year. Sample delicious homemade treats made with local beach plums and cranberries. Inhale the aroma of white pine tea or a bayberry candle. Boldly bite into a seaweed salad or nibble on some pickleweed.

Sunday, November 13, 2016 10am - 3pm

Halloween Family Fun Free-for-All

Dress up the Kids and head over to Joppa Flats Education Center for Halloween

Get into the Halloween spirit! Examine live creepy crawlies, enjoy (semi) spooky attractions, and take home creative crafts. For ages 7 and up, explore a “crime scene” and perform a series of forensic investigations (e.g., soil sample comparisons, water sampling, chromatography, pH tests, and track identification) to solve the mystery and pinpoint the culprit. For ages 2 to 6, there will be stories and songs, silly and festive crafts, and a kooky treasure hunt. Family presentations will be offered at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Fly in on your broom for an hour or stay all day for some fun pre-Halloween family time!

Saturday, October 24, 2015 10am - 3pm

Breakheart Reservation Fall Festival

Come to Breakheart Reservation in Saugus to celebrate the arrival of Fall!

Breakheart Reservation invites you to an afternoon of family fun that celebrates the arrival of Fall! The fun and games include a free pumpkin for every child, scarecrow making, children's crafts, cider press, native wildlife, balloon art, face painting, Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment, Saugus River Watershed Council, and much more! Co-sponsored by the Friends of Breakheart Reservation.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 10am - 12pm


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