Topsfield, Massachusetts 01983

Beaver Fun in the Setting Sun

Join us as we look for elusive river mammals at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: American Beaver ©Scott Santino

Have you ever visited a beaver lodge or had an opportunity to see the resident beaver itself? Join in for an evening walk to a beaver lodge on the sanctuary and discover how busy beavers really are. You will learn to recognize some of their favorite trees, see how a lodge is constructed, and listen for the slap of a tail on the pond.

Fri, September 23, 2011 6 - 8 pm

Sense of Wonder Walk: Summer's Grand Finale

Come explore IRWS and see it's creatures preparing for the change of seasons

Monarch butterflies are feeding along their migration routes. Plants are still flowering and dispersing seeds, insects and spiders are laying eggs, and the forest is abuzz with activity. Using sweep nets and hand lenses, we will investigate field and forest, determine air temperature by counting the chirps of a cricket, explore life under a log, and much more.

Sun, September 18, 2011 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Wonderful Wetland Animals

Camp by the riber at IRWS in this overnight camping excursion.

Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the stars. Have an early dinner at home and then come with your family, your tent, and a dessert to share. This campout will focus on the Ipswich River. We will start the evening by setting up our tents at the top of the hill, and then head down to the river for an evening canoe trip.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 6pm - Sunday, September 17, 2017 9am

Topsfield Memorial Day Parade

The annual Memorial Day Parade starts on Grove Street and continues along Main Street to the Veterans Memorial Green for a service.  The parade reforms, and will continue to Pine Grove Cemetery for another service. All residents and especially military families are invited and encouraged to attend. The parade, Marshalled by Second Lt. Ryan Tremblay Burke [West Point Military Academy | Class of 2017] includes the Masconomet High School Band.

Monday, May 29, 2017 9am

Adventure Day: Water World

Kids will get a close-up look at creatures and bugs that live in IRWS wetlands.

Wetlands are wonderful places full of fascinating animals and plants. Together we will discover the wetland habitats of the sanctuary. We'll hike to Hassocky Meadow and search for ducks, turtles, snakes, and more. We will continue our explorations at a real vernal pool and look for breeding salamanders, wood frogs, and their egg masses.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 8:30am-3pm

Nature Tales: Wonderful Wetlands

Cover art for SQUISH! A Wetland Walk. Comne gte muddy at IRWS in Topsfield!

Join us as we share a children's nature story before we explore the woods, fields, and wetlands of the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.Today: We'll read Squish!: A Wetland Walk by Nancy Luenn. Then, using buckets and strainers, we will explore a pond and a wetland habitat and search for critters that swim, soar, and crawl.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 10:00-11:30 am


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