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. Please leave dogs and other pets at home.

Location87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: 978-887-9264
Hours: Admissions window open Tuesday–Sunday, 9:00 am-4:30 pm • Trails open Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk

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Trails

Hit the Trails!

Our 12 miles of trails take you through forests, meadows, wetlands, and a rockery. Details & map >

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Online Programs

Hummingbird © Eduardo del Solar
© Eduardo del Solar

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Sanctuary News & Events

Ipswich River Nature Campers walking on the boardwalk in summer (by Scott Santino/Mass Audubon)

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

At our summer day camp, campers ages 5–14 have a unique opportunity to learn about nature, meet new friends, and have fun outside at locations in Topsfield and Marblehead. Registration is open for summer 2022!

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Upcoming Programs

June 8, 2022 (Wednesday) 9:30am-12:30pm
A 25-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
June 22, 2022 (Wednesday) 9:30am-12:30pm
A 25-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
June 29, 2022 (Wednesday) 9:30am-12:30pm
A 25-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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