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>

HOURS: Tues–Sun & Mon holidays, 9 am–4 pm; closed Mon
TRAILS: Tue–Sun, dawn to dusk; closed Mon

Sanctuary News & Events

Pancakes on griddle © Kanko (via Wikimedia)

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event March 24, 2018

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. 

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!

Kids looking in a sap bucket at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Get your kids outside for February vacation week! We have put together four days of hands-on, awesome, age-appropriate activities to explore the natural world in winter.

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Upcoming Programs

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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