Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Stone bridge at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary © 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, 9 am–4 pm; Trails, Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk
closed Mondays (except holidays)

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Vacation Week Family Fun Days

Father & child feeding seed to a chickadee © Melena Ward
© Melena Ward

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

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Sanctuary News & Events

Making solstice lanterns at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event December 13 & 14, 2019

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!

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Upcoming Programs

December 21, 2019 (Saturday) 1:00pm - 4:00pm
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