Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Cedar Waxwing in summer at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary © Kathy Diamontopoulos
Cedar Waxwing © Kathy Diamontopoulos

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. 

Location87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: 978-887-9264
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday & Monday holidays, 9 am-4 pm; Trails Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk; closed Monday

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Bird-a-thon is May 10–11

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Ipswich River’s team is seeking your support for this annual fundraiser. Show Your Support >

Summer Camp

Summer Camp Registration is Open

Campers canoeing at Ipswich River

Day camps for ages 4-14 in Topsfield, Essex, & Marblehead. Learn More >

Sanctuary News & Events

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Upcoming Programs

April 27, 2019 (Saturday) 9:30am - 11:30am
"Bathe" your mind and body in the soothing natural landscapes of the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. The practice of shinrin... Learn More >
April 27, 2019 (Saturday) 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Spring is the season when frogs, toads, and salamanders return to the wetlands to lay their eggs. After a short introduction i... Learn More >
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