meditation

Mindfulness Meditation at Naumkeag

Join local meditation teacher Sandrine Harris for this grounding class in the Naumkeag gardens. Participants will learn various techniques for settling their minds, relieving stress and gaining a deeper connection with nature. Each class will have both sitting and walking components. Participants will need to bring their own yoga mat,… Read More

Kayaking Toward Choate Island at Sunset

CraneOutdoors: Sunset Kayak in the Crane Wildlife Refuge

There are few places on the North Shore that more reliably enjoy spectacular sunsets than the back side of Crane Beach, overlooking Essex Bay. On this outing into the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, we will be paddling in the protected waters of one of the most scenic… Read More

Bullitt

Guided Hike with Adventure East: Bullitt Reservation to Chapel Brook Falls

Come explore the local forests with a knowledgeable guide. On this Adventure you will have the opportunity to explore two astounding Trustees properties! Chapel Brook—a tributary of the South River— meanders through a dense hardwood forest before cascading over three bedrock ledges. In times of high water, Chapel Falls are… Read More

Kayaking to Choate Island

CraneOutdoors: Choate Island Kayak and Hiking Adventure

Kayaking the pristine, sheltered waters of the Essex River Basin offers one of the top on-the-water experiences to be had in Northeast. Add to that a hike on the area’s largest island and you have the makings of an epic adventure. This combined outdoor trip in the Crane Wildlife Refuge—home… Read More

Kayaking Toward Choate Island at Sunset

CraneOutdoors: Sunset Kayak in the Crane Wildlife Refuge

There are few places on the North Shore that more reliably enjoy spectacular sunsets than the back side of Crane Beach, overlooking Essex Bay. On this outing into the heart of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, we will be paddling in the protected waters of one of the most scenic… Read More

Kayak with Dragonfly

CraneOutdoors: Kayak Adventure on the Castle Neck River

One of the best was to enjoy the natural beauty of the Massachusetts North Shore is kayaking the placid waters of the Great Marsh—the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. The Castle Neck peninsula on the Crane Estate is a… Read More

maeve and morgan

Befriend the Barnyard at Appleton Farms

Discover our special barnyard animals! Visit with our Angora rabbits, Nubian goats, dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs, sheep and our friendly flock of heritage chickens and ducks. This friendly (and often very curious!) crew of animals will take center stage as we learn about what makes them so unique. Read More

bartholomew's cobble

Nature Journaling with Nanci Worthington

Join New Marlborough artist and NEGSI member, Nanci Worthington as she guides you through nature journaling sessions at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Nanci will teach you how to observe nature and your surroundings and capture what you see, hear and feel on paper. This group is for everyone– self proclaimed naturalists, bird… Read More

Kayak Fox Creek

CraneOutdoors: Kayak Historic Fox Creek

The Great Marsh—the largest contiguous salt marsh in New England—is not only brimming with fascinating natural history, it is also home to a rich cultural history. Nowhere is this more evident than in the meandering waters of Fox Creek. Connecting the tidal estuaries of the Essex River basin and the… Read More