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


Sanctuary News & Events

Julie Zickefoose
Julie Zickefoose

Join us on December 9, 2016, at the Peabody Essex Museum to hear artist and naturalist Julie Zickefoose share her fascinating glimpses into the lives of developing baby songbirds. 

Nature Preschool Boy Studying Flower 320

Join us for our next open house on Saturday, January 21, from 9:30 am-noon to learn about our Nature Preschool at Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary in Wenham.

Bottes of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary maple syrup

Create sweet memories and start a new family tradition when you participate in the fun of maple sugaring by renting your very own sugar maple bucket – for yourself or as a gift.

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Upcoming Programs

December 14, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Welcome winter on this brisk adventure as we hike one of Mass Audubon’s largest wildlife sanctuaries...
December 17, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Before the domestication of animals, people had to hunt wild animals for food and fur. The skill of tracking...
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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