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 October 21 & 22, 2016
Giant carved pumpkin at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Giant carved pumpkin at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

At sundown this Halloween season, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will be transformed into a magical forest. Join us for a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween.

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event November 20, 2016
Trail through the woods at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Trail through the woods at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Bring your family and friends for a pre-Thanksgiving guided walk on November 20 to discover what is happening in the world of nature as plants and animals prepare for winter.

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Upcoming Programs

September 10, 2016 9:30am - 2:30pm
Paddle the tidal Annisquam River in Gloucester and enjoy the late-summer golds, reds, and soft patina...
September 10, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Join us for a guided map and compass treasure hunt around the sanctuary. Bring your own compass or use...
September 10, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Late summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the beautiful colors and sounds of a fall field, and the fluttering...
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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