Outdoor Activity

Crane Beach WinterFest

Bring the whole family out to celebrate the season at the Trustees of Reservations Crane Beach in Ipswich Massachusetts

Nothing is more magical than Crane Beach in the winter time! Bring the whole family out to celebrate the season at Crane Beach. Enjoy the serene winter landscape of one of New England’s most treasured coastal destinations while enjoying the band and a hot beverage around a warm glowing fire. Cap off the evening with a visit to the Beach Store for your favorite gear and a star-soaked view of Crane Beach after sunset!

When: 
Friday, February 24, 2023 6-9pm

CraneExplorer: It’s a Wild Life! Winter Survival in the Dunes

Come explore the dunes on Castle Neck and Crane Beach in Ipswich Massachusetts

Join The Trustees of Reservations to explore the dunes on Castle Neck and Crane Beach, where we will learn how animals and plants survive our New England winters in this unforgiving habitat. Learn the basics of animal tracking, plant survival adaptations, and discover the human history of survival in our coastal habitats, with the rich history of The Crane Estate providing a glimpse into the evolving human uses of the land, from the indigenous Pawtucket through early European settlers and into the modern era. A sighting of a resident snowy owl is always a possible bonus!

When: 
Sunday, February 5, 2023 10am-Noon
Saturday, February 11, 2023 Noon-2pm
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 1-3pm
Sunday, March 5, 2023 10am-Noon
Sunday, March 19, 2023 10am-Noon

Wonderful Winter Birding

Beginning winter birding is held on the 3rd Sunday of each Winter month

Join us at Halibut Point State Park, along the Atlantic migratory path, is an excellent locale for winter birding species you rarely see anywhere else. Winter brings birds and ducks to Halibut’s rocky shore. Join us for a short, leisurely walk . See harlequin ducks and loons among the winter visitors. Learn about bird sounds, habits, and flight patterns. Dress for the weather. Wear sturdy footwear/boots/ice creepers. Consider sunscreen on your face. For all ages. Binoculars recommended.

When: 
Third Sunday of Month through March 19, 2023 8-10am

Superbowl of Birding 2023

The Superbowl of Birding 2023 is a unique competition conducted in Rockingham County, NH, and Essex County, MA. During a 12-hour period, teams of birders of all ages and abilities seek out the greatest number of avian species and amass the most points based on the rarity of the birds recorded. Teams compete this year for prizes in 11 categories. Enjoy spectacular winter birding and find out just how good you and your team really are!

When: 
Saturday, January 28, 2023 5am-5pm

Owl Prowl at Appleton Farms

Learn all about owls at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts

Join us for a special evening hike to see Whoooo might be out and about in the dark winter woods and fields of Appleton Farms! Before our hike, you’ll learn about winter-time nocturnal animals and how to call in the owls. Then we’ll embark on a 45 minute hike, as we follow some of Appleton Farms most beautiful trails to see if we can call any owls to us.

When: 
Friday, February 3, 2023 4-5PM
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CraneExplorer: Family Full Moon Hike in the Dunes

Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustees under the full moon.

There is almost nothing more peaceful than a evening walk at the Crane Estate, and we would like to invite your family to join us for a unique hiking experience. With the full moon rising over the Atlantic, we’ll start with a sunset stroll along Crane Beach admiring this spectacle before heading into the dunes to explore it’s trails under the light of the full moon. This is a great opportunity to get the kids outside, share the joys of nature at twillight, and bond with your family.

When: 
Friday, February 3, 2023 4:30-6:30pm
Saturday, February 4, 2023 4:30-6:30pm

CraneExplorer: Reading the Trail – Tracking

Learn about reading tracks and other signs of wildlife at the Crane Wildlife Refuge in Ipswich Massachusetts.

Join this indoor workshop followed by dune hike to learn tracking basics and identification skills allowing you to experience the outdoors in a new way. Enjoy an indoor presentation on tracking at the Casino at Castle Hill, then reconvene at Crane Beach for a guided dune walk, investigating the trail for footprints, scat, burrows, and other signs left behind by dune dwellers. Via our observations, we will collect clues as to what animals are using this habitat. Bring your sharp senses and observation skills for this learning adventure.

When: 
Sunday, January 22, 2023 11am-2:30pm

Teen Naturalists-in-Training: Winter Series

Join Mass Audubon for a volunteer training opportunity for teens with instructors from Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport Massachusetts!

Are you a young person who loves being outdoors, cares about the environment, and wants to share your knowledge with others? Take your first step toward becoming a Teen Naturalist volunteer with these trainings. You'll work with our staff and other youth exploring local habitats, collecting organisms and data, and discussing environmental challenges like sea level rise. Share your passion for the natural world!

When: 
Saturday, January 21, 2023 1-3:30pm
Saturday, March 4, 2023 1-3:30pm
Saturday, April 8, 2023 1-3:30pm

Annual Art in the Barn Exhibit and Sale

Art in the Barn is a fundraiser for the Essex County Greenbelt Association Essex Mass

Art in the Barn is recognized as one of the North Shore’s premier art events, featuring the most talented artists in the region. An annual event for over 30 years, the show normally takes place at Greenbelt's headquarters, Cox Reservation in Essex, and this year we will bring the fine art paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture and photography online. Artists generously donate 50% of their sales to support the land conservation mission of Essex County Greenbelt Association.

When: 
Friday, June 9, 2022 10am-3pm & 5-8:30pm
Saturday, June 10, 2022 10am-5pm
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Birds, Bees & Butterflies - Family Nature Series Cox Reservation

Essex County Greenbelt Association hosts an Exploration Workshop for families at Cox Reservation in Essex Massachusetts!

Essex County Greenbelt Association invites families to peek inside the beehives at Cox Reservation from the safety of a screened-in tent! This show and tell introduces children of all ages to the importance of bees and other pollinators. In addition to the hive opening, we’ll have snacks and activities scattered around the property.

When: 
Saturday, May 20, 2022 10am-1pm
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Winterfest Weekend in Amesbury

Winterfest in downtown Amesbury Massachusetts!
For Five Days in February, Amesbury's beautiful and historic Downtown, Market Square and Upper Millyard will be the center of a winter celebration! Enjoy crafting, cocoa, snowman building, a dance party, live music, a farmer's market and a full moon night hike to celebrate Winter!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Winter DROP IN Preschool Farm Explorers

Farm Explorers is a great way for preschoolers to explore Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Winter is in the air and the animals of the farm and woods have prepared themselves for winter. Can we find their signs, like homes, tracks, and caches of food? What happens in winter around the farm? We invite little farmers to experience life at the farm in winter. Through farm “chores,” age-...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

PEM Pals

PEM has a story time in the museum just for kids under 5! Salem, Massachusetts
Peabody Essex Museum designed for preschoolers (5 and under) and their caregivers. PEM Pals aims to engage and excite all of the senses through books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities. .
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Friday Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join Thbe Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Fridays and Saturdays
Every day is full of a list of barnyard chores we need to get down to make sure our farmyard friends are happy and healthy! Let’s get to work.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Comic Workshop with Author/Illustrator Jonathan Todd

Join Boston-based author/illustrator Jonathan Todd for a four-week comic making workshop in Manchsester Massachusetts
Ages 11-16: Be the star of your own comic!
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Owl Prowl at Appleton Farms

Learn all about owls at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
Join us for a special evening hike to see Whoooo might be out and about in the dark winter woods and fields of Appleton Farms! Before our hike, you’ll learn about winter-time nocturnal animals and how to call in the owls. Then we’ll embark on a 45 minute hike, as we follow some of Appleton Farms...
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

CraneExplorer: Family Full Moon Hike in the Dunes

Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustees under the full moon.
There is almost nothing more peaceful than a evening walk at the Crane Estate, and we would like to invite your family to join us for a unique hiking experience. With the full moon rising over the Atlantic, we’ll start with a sunset stroll along Crane Beach admiring this spectacle before heading...
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Messy Art Night

Messy Art Night at Essex Elementary School, February 10, 2017
Come to this once-a-year event sponsored by the Firends of EES and meet local artists as they share their crafts with hands-on projects designed for kids. There will be opportunities to work with paint, sculpture, clay, printmaking, wood and more. Join the fun in the school cafeteria. This is a...
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Winterfest at Glen Urquhart School

Winterfest at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly Massachusetts
Glen Urquhart School is hosting a Winterfest to celebrate the season! Due to the forecasted chilly temps, there will be no outdoor activities at Winterfest as prviously planned.
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 4

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Fundraiser | CANCELED

Eat ice cream for breakfast at Cherry Farm Creamery in Danvers and raise funds for a local charity!
Who doesn't want ice cream for breakfast? Eat ice cream for breakfast with zero guilt, because it's for a great cause! Saturday, February 1st is National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. We'll be celebrating at Cherry Farm with a special "breakfast" fundraiser menu featuring...
8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10am for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician,...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Winterfest Weekend in Amesbury

Winterfest in downtown Amesbury Massachusetts!
For Five Days in February, Amesbury's beautiful and historic Downtown, Market Square and Upper Millyard will be the center of a winter celebration! Enjoy crafting, cocoa, snowman building, a dance party, live music, a farmer's market and a full moon night hike to celebrate Winter!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

CraneExplorer: Valentine's Coastal Craft

Make Valentines crafts from materials that we find along the shore at the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts
The Trustees of Reservations invites ages 12 and up to a valentine craft making workshop! This winter season, give a gift from the sea!
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

AJH: Childbirth Education Class Options

Support group for moms at Anna Jaques Hospital. Best Hospital for Families
Congratulations: you are pregnant!  Anna Jaques Hospital Birth Center class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Befriend the Barnyard

Befriend the Barnyard is a great chance to get close to our Appleton Farms stars in a relaxed and educational setting.
Come discover our special barnyard animals! Our Angora rabbits Violet and Vanilla, Nubian goats Merlin, Maeve, Morgana, and Mordred, and our friendly flock of heritage chickens will take center stage as we learn about what makes them so unique. Befriend the Barnyard is a hands-on barnyard...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Saturday Art Adventures at Essex Library

TOHP Library hosts a fun art & music program for the whole family in Essex Massachusetts
The TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex invites kids to join Ms. Julie for a fun art & music program for the whole family! Designed for children ages 0-8 and their adult. Registration is requested but not required. Register through Early Childhood Partners at: www.earlychildhoodpartners.com. 
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Saturday Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join The Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Fridays & Saturdays
Every day is full of a list of barnyard chores we need to get down to make sure our farmyard friends are happy and healthy! Let’s get to work.
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Winter Birding at Crane Beach

Come explore the world of our resident winter birds here at Crane Wildlife Refuge in Ipswich Massachusetts
Come explore the world of our resident winter birds here at Crane—beyond the Snowy Owl! Bring your binoculars (or borrow ours!) and join us in searching the water for Loons, Long-Tail ducks, Eiders, Scoters, Mergansers, and more! In the trees and sky, we might spot birds of prey, including owls,...
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Canceled | Cabin Fever Pizza Pop Up

Cabin Fever Pizza Pop-Up at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Join the Trustees for pizza at the Farm! Tired of being cooped up in the house? So are we! Join us for a throwback to summer at this outdoor wood-fired pizza pop up event.
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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