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>
Location: 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday & Monday holidays, 9 am-4 pm; Trails Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk; closed Monday
Sanctuary News & Events
Create sweet memories and start a new family tradition when you participate in the fun of maple sugaring by renting your very own sugar maple bucket—for yourself or as a gift.
In September 2018, Stina MacDougall celebrated 25 years as a staff member at Ipswich River. In honor of this special milestone, Sanctuary Director Amy Weidensaul reflects on just what Stina has meant to the sanctuary.
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