Ipswich River Education Center Campaign

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At Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, the main classroom will always be the outdoors. But as year-round demand for environmental education grows, there is a critical need for a dedicated indoor area for gathering and teaching.

The Ipswich River Education Center Campaign will raise the funds necessary to provide that space, creating an environment where we can connect students’ observation and investigation skills with the nature of Massachusetts. To build the Education Center, and fully embrace our role as a premier environmental education facility on the North Shore, we need to raise $380,000 by June 2018.

Kids inspecting a nature find

About the Center

The Education Center will serve 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 will overlook a bird garden, and will be filled with microscopes, tables, and chairs that seat 20 people. This new building will also offer the opportunity to expand programs and community events, such as Audubon Nature Festival, which annually attracts over 1,200 people.

Education at Ipswich River

Teacher naturalist encouraging boy to investigate a plant tank

In 2017, Ipswich River’s programs reached an astonishing 14,000 school children. 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 Education Center Campaign will allow Ipswich River to continue this important work, in all seasons, and for more people.

How You Can Help

Boys going insect netting in a meadow

We need your support to help make this vision a reality!

Donate today or contact Sanctuary Directory Carol Decker by email or by calling 978-252-0201.

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