Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Cedar Waxwing on Buttonbush 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. 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. 

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Location87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: 978-887-9264
Hours: Trails open daily from 9 am–5 pm (through August 28)

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The trails are open! Visitors must obtain a timed ticket for entry & parking. Reserve a time >

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Northern Gannets flying in Newfoundland by Carol Decker
Northern Gannets (Photo: Carol Decker)

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Cammy with a salamander at Ipswich River preschool

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

While schools are closed due to COVID-19, Ipswich River's early childhood educators are finding ways to connect with their preschool students (and families) by using familiar routines and focusing on the learning and comfort that can be found outdoors. 

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