Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Stone bridge at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary © Paul Sullivan
© Paul Sullivan

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. 

Location87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: 978-887-9264
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 9 am–4 pm; Trails, Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk
closed Mondays (except holidays)

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Northern Gannets flying in Newfoundland by Carol Decker
Northern Gannets (Photo: Carol Decker)

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Sanctuary News & Events

A view of Straitsmouth Island from the water

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event February 26, 2020

Grab a beer at True North Ale Company, enjoy some food, and listen as historian Paul St. Germain recounts the riveting story of Straitsmouth Island and the 180-year journey that led to its remarkable reopening in 2018.

Pancakes on griddle © Kanko (via Wikimedia)

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event March 21, 2020

Wrap up the maple sugaring season with our annual pancake breakfast! Bring your family and friends and enjoy the fruit—well, sap—of our labor, then take a sap-to-syrup sugaring tour. 

Bottes of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary maple syrup

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

No matter your age, we offer many ways to take advantage of the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. Take a sugaring tour, enjoy our Spring Flapjack Fling, or bring your class for a school field trip!

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Upcoming Programs

February 23, 2020 (Sunday) 9:00am - 10:00am
Experience a combination of traditional yoga sequences to stretch, tone, and strengthen your body. Also, discover fluid Qigong... Learn More >
March 6, 2020 (Friday) 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Owls, with their haunting hoots and cries and humanlike eyes, have been woven into folklore and legend since ancient times. Ev... Learn More >
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