Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Ipswich River offers 12 miles of trails that invite you to explore the forests, meadows, wetlands, drumlin, and esker. You can also travel down the namesake river, which meanders through the sanctuary, by canoe. Whether exploring by foot or paddle, you will marvel at the diversity of wildlife, especially bird species; the sanctuary is part of the Eastern Essex County Interior Forest Important Bird Area. Read More

Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 9 am–4 pm; weekends & Monday holidays, 9 am–5 pm; closed Mondays
Trails: Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk; closed Mondays

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Upcoming Programs

August 3, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Join us for one or more of these programs that combine nature exploration and a craft project. Life of...
August 5, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Butterflies and dragonflies have much in common. They both have two pairs of wings; come in a wide variety...
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Nature Preschool

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary's nature preschool for 3-5 year olds features a nature-based, emergent curriculum which promotes language, math, and social development. Choose from two, three, or five day options. Learn More

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