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>

Location: 87 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

Sanctuary News & Events

Making solstice lanterns at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event December 14 & 15, 2018

Join our staff and volunteers for this beautiful candlelit event celebrating the shortest day of the year. Welcome the lengthening days ahead by making your own solstice lantern!

Kids looking in a sap bucket at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Create sweet memories and start a new family tradition when you participate in the fun of maple sugaring by renting your very own sugar maple bucket—for yourself or as a gift.

Gary Clayton, Amy Weidensaul, Stina MacDougall at staff meeting

In September 2018, Stina MacDougall celebrated 25 years as a staff member at Ipswich River. In honor of this special milestone, Sanctuary Director Amy Weidensaul reflects on just what Stina has meant to the sanctuary. 

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Upcoming Programs

December 15, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Before the domestication of animals, people had to hunt wild animals for food and fur. The skill of tracking...
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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