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

Julie Anne Collier with Barn Owl © Jim Parks, Wingmasters

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event January 26, 2020

See live birds of prey up-close like never before with Wingmasters! You'll be introduced to different types of raptors including eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls during these exciting indoor presentations.

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Upcoming Programs

January 25, 2020 (Saturday) 1:30pm - 3:30pm
"Bathe" your mind and body in the soothing natural landscapes of the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. The practice of shinrin... Learn More >
January 26, 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 >
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