Party & Function Rentals at Ipswich River

Located along the Ipswich River in Topsfield, this wildlife sanctuary offers two attractive meeting spaces to accommodate your group’s needs.

The Barn offers a comfortable, quaint open space for large gatherings with an opportunity for smaller groupings within the space.

The Nature Center offers a more intimate meeting space along with spectacular close-up views of native birds feeding in the sanctuary’s bird habitat garden.

Types of Functions

Group meetings (usually environmental groups); private functions must be approved by sanctuary director.

Maximum Capacity

The Barn: 100 people; 80 people seated with tables
Nature Center: 36 people; 20 people seated with tables


September through May. Due to day camp programming, we are unable to rent our facilities from mid – June through August 31st.


The Barn 
Full Day (9 am-5 pm): $600
Hourly: $100

Nature Center  
Full Day (9 am- 5 pm): $300
Hourly: $50

A deposit of $50 must be received within 10 days of booking the reservation.
Payment of balance due must be received at the time of the event.

Food Storage/Prep

Refrigerator use available for Barn rentals


Onsite parking available

Onsite A/V Equipment

Overhead screen available in the barn

Additional Amenities

Access to sanctuary trails and butterfly and bird habitat gardens

Please Note 

  • No smoking inside or outside the building.
  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted on the premises.
  • All activity is restricted to the scheduled room(s).
  • Responsibility for setup and cleanup lies solely with the renter(s).