Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Ipswich River offers more than 12 miles of trails that invite you to explore the forests, meadows, and wetlands. A drumlin and esker, key landscape features, were formed by a glacier 15,000 years ago. Boulders stacked to create arches and a grotto setting, constructed in 1905, provide an adventurous walk along the Rockery Trail. Or canoe the Ipswich River, which meanders through the sanctuary. Read More

Sanctuary News & Events

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event February 28, March 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15
Sap buckets on tree © Marie-Anne Verougstraete
© Marie-Anne Verougstraete

Learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product.

Bottes of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary maple syrup

Start a new family tradition and participate in the fun of the maple sugaring process by renting your very own sugar maple bucket this season – for yourself or as a gift.

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Upcoming Programs

February 5, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Grab your snowshoes and join us for a hike under the full Snow Moon. Even if you don’t have snowshoes,...
February 6, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Winter is the perfect time of year to go out in search of owls. We'll learn about these fascinating birds...
February 7, 2015 - February 8, 2015
Less than two hours away from the North Shore, and with 40 miles of coastline, Rhode Island can be a...
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Learn from a Nature Guide

Volunteer docents are available from Labor Day through Memorial Day to teach and guide visitors at Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary for free. Learn More

School Programs

Bring your students to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary! We offer a multitude of educational and fun nature-based programs for students from age 2 to age 18. Learn More