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>

HOURS: Tues–Fri, 9 am-4 pm; Sat–Sun & Mon holidays, 9 am-5 pm; closed Mon
TRAILS: Tue–Sun, dawn to dusk; closed Mon

Sanctuary News & Events

Carol Decker (photo: Laura Coulbourn)

My experience at Ipswich River over the last 29 years has been joyous and filled with daily challenges. But the time has come to move on to the next phase of my life, and thus I will be retiring in late June.

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Upcoming Programs

June 23, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
We will read Beaver at Long Pond by Lindsay Barrett George, take an up-close look at beaver artifacts,...
July 14, 2018 4:30pm - 9:00am
Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the...
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Nature Preschool

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