Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in winter © Paul Sullivan
© Paul Sullivan

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. 

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

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Vacation Week

February Vacation Week Fun!

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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

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Bottled maple syrup

No matter your age, we offer many ways to take advantage of the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. Rent a sugaring bucket, take a sugaring tour, enjoy our Spring Flapjack Fling, or bring your class for a school field trip!

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Upcoming Programs

March 8, 2019 (Friday) 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Owls, with their haunting hoots and cries and humanlike eyes, have been woven into folklore and legend since ancient times. Ev... Learn More >
March 15, 2019 (Friday) 7:00pm - 9:00pm
People of all ages love owls, and many species of owls can be found right here in Massachusetts year-round. Experience the exc... Learn More >
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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