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 February 28, 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.

Preschooler at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Join us for our open house on Saturday, February 28 and learn about our new nature preschool at Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary in Wenham.

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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