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–Sunday & Monday holidays, 9 am–4 pm Trails: Tuesday–Sunday & Monday holidays, dawn to dusk

Sanctuary News & Events

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event February 25-26, March 4-5, March 11-12
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 3, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
People of all ages enjoy learning about owls, and many species of owls can be found in Massachusetts...
March 10, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Owls, with their haunting hoots and cries and humanlike eyes, have been woven into folklore and legend...
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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