North River Wildlife Sanctuary
At this sanctuary, a half-mile boardwalk leads you on a fascinating journey through a red maple swamp and small cattail marsh to a salt marsh overlooking the North River. During the spring and summer, the Woodland Loop usually offers a look at scarlet tanagers and ovenbirds. Because the sanctuary attracts a variety of birds and wildlife during different seasons, it’s exciting to visit throughout the year. Harbor seals are visible in the river as they occasionally swim past the platform at the end of the boardwalk.
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.
The Discovery Room, where you can learn about how a rain garden works, take a close look at a shell in the Kid’s Corner, or borrow binoculars to watch birds in the bird garden.
Trail Mileage - 2.5 miles (universally accessible: 0.5-mile loop)
January-March: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4 pm; closed Saturday & Sunday
April-December: Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm; Saturday, 10 am-3 pm; closed Sunday
Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk
Admission - Members: Free Nonmembers:$4 Adults, $3 Seniors (65+), $3 Children (2-12)
Summers are Free for Military Families at Wildlife Sanctuaries
From the first day of summer through Labor Day, all active military members and their families get free admission to our wildlife sanctuaries as part of the Blue Star Museums program which is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Defense, and Blue Star Families.
Each summer it provides military families free access to over 2,000 museums, wildlife sanctuaries, and parks across the country in recognition of their service.
All active-duty personnel (including National Guard and Reserve) and their families, up to five people, are eligible upon the presentation of a valid military ID card.
Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than 100,000 members, they care for 35,000 acres of conservation land, provide school, camp, and other educational programs for 225,000 children and adults annually, and advocate for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels.