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 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.

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Upcoming Programs

March 6, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Owls, with their haunting hoots and cries and humanlike eyes, have been woven into folklore and legend...
March 13, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
People of all ages enjoy learning about owls, and many species of owls can be found in Massachusetts...
March 19, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
This five-session comprehensive gardening course will give you the tools necessary to enrich your garden...
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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