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>

HOURS: Tues–Fri, 9 am–4 pm; Sat, Sun, & Mon holidays, 9 am–5 pm
TRAILS: Tue–Sun, dawn to dusk; closed Mon

Sanctuary News & Events

Big Woods hiking trail at Ipswich River

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bring your family and friends for a pre-Thanksgiving guided walk to discover what is happening in the world of nature as plants and animals prepare for winter.

Crested Caracara via Wikipedia
Crested Caracara (via Wikipedia)

Travel with Ipswich River from January 19-26, 2018, for Arizona Winter Raptor Rapture, a terrific new winter birding trip to southern Arizona!

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Upcoming Programs

November 4, 2017 7:30am - 1:00pm
The fall migration of seabirds along the coast will be underway, and the Cape Ann area provides outstanding...
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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