About Endicott

An intern releasing beetles to control purple loosestrife in Endicott's wet meadow
An intern releases beetles to control purple loosestrife in Endicott's wet meadow.

Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Preschool and serves as a base for several of Mass Audubon’s staff and program activities, including the Salt Marsh Science Project.

The sanctuary has a short walking trail through mature mixed forest with views over a wet meadow.

→ Due to the preschool program, please enter the building by appointment only.


346 Grapevine Road Wenham, MA
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Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk


Free, donations appreciated






0.5 miles
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • The Ipswich River Nature Preschool, which offers programs for ages 3-5 in nature-based emergent curriculum, creative classrooms, outdoor play areas, and gardens. 
  • Towering hardwoods and conifers growing along rugged ravines.
  • Wet meadow habitat hosting a high diversity of native grasses and sedges.
  • Historic roots; the property was once owned by descendants of John Endicott, first colonial Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • A raised bed vegetable garden and nature play area for children in the Nature Preschool program