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. 

Location87 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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Summer Camp

Summer Camp Registration is Open

Campers canoeing at Ipswich River

Day camps for ages 4-14 in Topsfield, Essex, & Marblehead. Learn More >

Learn from a Nature Guide

Learn from a Nature Guide

Docent with sanctuary visitors

Enrich your visit to the sanctuary by learning from our volunteer docents. Learn More >

Sanctuary News & Events

Pancakes on griddle © Kanko (via Wikimedia)

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event March 23, 2019

Wrap up the maple sugaring season with our annual pancake breakfast! Bring your family and friends and enjoy the fruit (ok, sap!) of our labor and our maple trees on some delicious pancakes. 

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Upcoming Programs

March 29, 2019 (Friday) 9:30am - 11:00am
Enjoy the wonders of early spring as it unfolds on the sanctuary in this four-sesson adult/child series. Listen to stories and... Learn More >
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