Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Cedar Waxwing in a Buttonbush shrub 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. Whether exploring by foot or paddling down our namesake river, 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. Please leave dogs and other pets at home.

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Reservations* are required from Tuesdays–Sundays between 9 am–4:30 pm. 

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*All self-guided school or group parking reservations must be scheduled through our office at least one week in advance. 

Location87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: 978-887-9264
Hours: Trails open Tuesdays–Sundays, dawn to dusk; closed Mondays, except holidays (no restrooms)

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Programs for Families

Yellow Trout Lily spring wildflowers in full bloom © Richard Welch
Yellow Trout Lily © Richard Welch

Explore spring as a family, from blooming wildflowers to singing birds. Find programs >

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American Robin on branch in late autumn (by Joy Marzolf)
American Robin (Photo: Joy Marzolf)

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Sanctuary News & Events

Bird-a-thon 2021 is May 14-15

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon's Bird-a-thon fundraiser is back for 2021, and the North Shore Sanctuaries Team is looking for your support! Funds raised during this event provide crucial, important support for Ipswich River, Joppa Flats, and Endicott.

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Upcoming Programs

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
May 15, 2021 (Saturday) 1:00-2:30pm
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
June 12, 2021 (Saturday) 1:00-2:30pm
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