Carol Decker Nature Classroom Campaign

We did it!

Thanks to so many amazing and generous supporters, we reached our goal and the Carol Decker Nature Classroom opened in fall 2019.

Boys going insect netting in a meadow

About the Center

The Education Center serves as the heart of our educational programming, providing a center for gathering before field excursions, a quiet place for learning and reflection, and a collaborative hub for students.

The new center overlooks a bird garden, and is filled with equipment and seating for 30 people. Our new building offers expanded programming and community events, such as Audubon Nature Festival, which annually attracts more than 1,200 people.

Education at Ipswich River

Teacher naturalist encouraging boy to investigate a plant tank

The sanctuary's programs serve 14,000 school children annually. People of all ages come to Ipswich River through summer camps, birthday parties, special events, and programs such as guided walks, nature art classes, and the Teen Conservation Club.

A knowledgeable and passionate team of educators uses each program to provide participants with a better understanding of the relationships at work in nature. The Carol Decker Nature Classroom allows Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary to continue this important work, in all seasons, and for more people.