Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

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. Read more>

Location: 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: 978-887-9264
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday & Monday holidays, 9 am-4 pm; Trails Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk; closed Monday

Sanctuary News & Events

Julie Anne Collier with Barn Owl © Jim Parks, Wingmasters

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event January 27, 2019

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.

Common Waxbills "kissing" © Camila Oliveira
Common Waxbills © Camila Oliveira

Special Event February 8, 2019

Enjoy a wine tasting from Mill River Winery of Rowley while we take a lighthearted peek into the beautiful and bizarre truth behind bird courtship and mating. For ages 21 & over.

Kids looking in a sap bucket at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Create sweet memories and start a new family tradition when you participate in the fun of maple sugaring by renting your very own sugar maple bucket—for yourself or as a gift.

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Upcoming Programs

January 22, 2019 (Tuesday) 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Reconnect with nature by taking an exhilarating walk under the full Wolf Moon. We'll look for signs of wildlife and talk about... Learn More >
January 26, 2019 (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 >
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Nature Preschool

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary's nature preschool for 3-5 year olds features a nature-based, emergent curriculum which promotes language, math, and social development. Choose from two, three, or five day options. Learn More

Learn from a Nature Guide

Volunteer docents are available from Labor Day through Memorial Day to teach and guide visitors at Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary for free. Learn More