Support Ipswich River

Family resting on Ipswich River's boardwalk in summer

Support Our Work


"We go to sanctuaries to remember the things we hold most dear, the things we cherish and love. And then—the great challenge—we return home seeking to enact this wisdom as best we can in our daily lives." ~William Cronan

Reasons to Support Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

  • The protection of more than 2,000 acres of critical wildlife habitats throughout the North Shore
  • Maintain more than 12 miles of trails
  • Preserve miles of the Ipswich River that meanders through the Sanctuary
  • Environmental education to nearly 14,000 school children every year
  • Nature Preschool expanding annually and serving young students throughout the year
  • Summer camp programs in Topsfield, Marblehead, and Essex serving 700+ children
  • Adult and family programming to connect people to the natural world
  • Annual outreach events such as our Nature Festival, Halloween Happenings, and maple sugaring programs
  • Teen Conservation Club mentoring teens in environmental science
  • School vacation nature education programs
  • Mentoring the next generation of environmental leaders
  • Citizen science projects that monitor birds, amphibians, insects, and plants

Ways to Help

Make a Donation

Every little bit helps us accomplish our mission. While many of our programs require fees, those fees do not cover the full cost of running the programs, maintaining the facilities, and managing the sanctuaries.

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Become a Leadership Friend

Leadership Friends gifts are particularly important to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, giving us the security we need in order to plan ahead, maintain the variety of work we do, and expand our reach. Leadership Friend benefits start with gifts of $1,000 or more.

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We are always looking for helping hands for:

  • Visitor services
  • Educational programs
  • Property stewardship

View current volunteer opportunities or contact us to learn more.