About North River

Tree Swallow © John Galuzzo, Mass Audubon

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.

Acres

225

Trail Mileage

2.5 miles (universally accessible: 0.5-mile loop) Details

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.
  • Two Discovery Rooms, where you can watch birds in the rain garden, study a pinecone under a microscope, user 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.

Location

2000 Main Street, Marshfield, MA 02050
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Hours

January-March

  • Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm; closed Saturdays & Sundays
  • Trails: Daily, dawn to dusk

April-December

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

Admission

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