Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Log bench looking out over the meadow in late autumn at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Ipswich River offers 12 miles of trails that invite you to explore the forests, meadows, wetlands, drumlin, and esker. Whether exploring by foot or paddling down our namesake river, 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: Visitor Center open Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 am-4:30 pm • Trails open Tuesday-Sunday, dawn to dusk • Closed Mondays (except holidays)

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Preschool Enrollment 2023-24

Now Enrolling

Two preschool girls stir sand in a metal bowl.

Now enrolling 4-5yr olds for our 2023-24 Ipswich River Nature Preschool program. Full and half day options. For more information >

Canoe Rentals

Canoe Rentals

Canoe rentals begin Memorial Day weekend. Book a canoe and explore Ipswich River on the water! Get the details >

Upcoming Programs

June 2, 2023 (Friday) 8:00-11:00am
Take full advantage of spring migration and get out early when birds are most active. Look and listen for shorebirds, warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and more. Read more
June 7, 2023 (Wednesday) 9:30am-12:30pm
A 27-year-old Wednesday morning tradition in Essex County for birders of all skill levels. Discover the ever-changing birds in this famously productive area. Read more
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