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; closed Mon
TRAILS: Tue–Sun, dawn to dusk; closed Mon
Sanctuary News & Events
Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Ipswich River's new director, Amy Weidensaul. "I grew up in Massachusetts and, after a long career with the National Audubon Society in Maryland and Pennsylvania, I’m returning home," says Amy.
Ipswich River is proud to offer free admission to active-duty U.S. military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day through the Blue Star Museums program.
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