About North River

Tree Swallow © John Galuzzo
Tree Swallow © John Galuzzo

North River Wildlife Sanctuary, named for the state-designated Scenic River that winds along its northern boundary, serves as the base for South Shore Sanctuaries (which includes Daniel Webster and North Hill Marsh). Its fields, oak forest, and salt marsh attract a wide variety of birds and seals are often visible from the riverside platform. Programs and summer camp take place in and around the historic building.


2000 Main Street, Marshfield, MA 02050
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  • Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm; closed Saturdays & Sundays
  • Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk


  • Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm; Saturday, 10 am-3 pm; closed Sundays
  • Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk


Members: Free
Nonmembers: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors (65+), $3 Children (2-12) 
EBT Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your EBT card
ConnectorCare Card to Culture Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your ConnectorCare card


  • Parking
  • Universally Accessible Nature Center
  • Universally Accessible Restrooms
  • Universally Accessible Trail
  • Picnic Area



Trail Mileage

5 miles (universally accessible: 0.5-mile loop)

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Boardwalks that take you down to the edge of the North River or through the woods to the Hannah Eames Brook where you may see flowering witch hazel, mink, or dragonflies.
  • Indoor Discovery Rooms where you can watch birds in the rain garden, study a pinecone under a microscope, use your imagination to build a wooden creature, or relax in the Book Nook.
  • Annual events including an Open House and Native Plant Sale each June and the Holiday Open House in early December.
  • A gift shop featuring locally handcrafted items in addition to field guides, books, feeders, and nature-themed gifts for all ages.