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

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.

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. 

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Upcoming Programs

October 1, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Looking to get off the beaten path and take "the one less traveled by?" Haven't yet hiked alll 12 miles...
October 2, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to identify a few of the most common wild edible mushrooms and get ideas on how to prepare...
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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