Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Stone bridge at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary © Gary McPhee
© Gary McPhee

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–Friday, 9 am-4 pm; Weekends & Monday holidays, 9 am-5 pm; Trails open Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk

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New Programs

New Fall & Winter Programs

American Robin on branch in late autumn (by Joy Marzolf)
American Robin (Photo: Joy Marzolf)

Our calendar of programs is filled with lots of seasonal fun! Browse programs >

Travel with Us

Travel with Us

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

We offer a variety of local, national, & international travel experiences every year! Upcoming trips >

Sanctuary News & Events

Pumpkin carving of an owl at Ipswich River's Halloween Happenings

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event October 26, 2019

The whole family will have fun on this guided (non-scary) walk along a Halloween trail lit by glowing luminaries and carved jack o'lanterns. Meet costumed creatures of the night that come out just for this event! NOTE: Friday cancelled, Saturday time changed.

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Upcoming Programs

October 27, 2019 (Sunday) 9:00am - 10:00am
This fall, yoga and nature will meet to foster an atmosphere of serenity at the sanctuary. Bring your mat, and together we wil... Learn More >
November 2, 2019 (Saturday) 9:00am - 12:00pm
Want to become more familiar with the natural world, make your time outdoors more absorbing, and get the benefits of mindful m... Learn More >
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