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 Saturday, February 13, 2016
Collecting sap at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Bring your troop and the whole family to meet our maple trees, tour the sugar shack, try a taste of our sweet syrup, and participate in winter games and activities. You will also have a chance to earn Cub Scout and Girl Scout badges during the event!

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event February 27 & 28, March 5, 6, 12, & 13, 2016
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.

Preschooler at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Join us for our next open house on Saturday, February 27 to learn about our nature preschool at Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary in Wenham.

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Upcoming Programs

February 7, 2016 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Join naturalist, tracker, and Maine Guide Bob Metcalfe to explore the sanctuary in winter and discover...
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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