Event Calendar

Thank you to our
40th Anniversary Events Sponsor!


Beginners Paddle

When:Thursday, June 22nd at 5:30 pm More dates to come!
Where:Riverbend HQ, Ipswich



Join us for a relaxed, fun, and family-friendly paddle from our headquarters at Riverbend, right on the river in Ipswich. It is perfect for all ages and levels of paddling experience. You will have the opportunity to learn basic paddling skills, from the proper way to hold a kayak paddle to different ways to steer your canoe. You will enjoy a leisurely evening paddle down the river and experience the beauty of the river’s wildness and maybe even see some of our resident wildlife, from beavers to turtles to the many birds who call the river home. We have a limited number of canoes and kayaks that you may use for free, but you may also bring your own. Please let us know if you need a boat and which type you prefer. This year’s dates for the paddles are June 22nd, July 11th and 25th, and August 8th and 22nd, beginning at 5:30pm. Plan on at least one hour of paddling. Our route depends on river conditions and water level. To secure a spot, please RSVP to rsvp@ipswichriver.org


Weed Watchers Training

When: Tuesday, July 10th 6 PM – 8 PM
Where: Topsfield Town Library Meeting Room



Join the Weed Watchers network to monitor for invasive aquatic plants, which threaten the biodiversity of our natural areas. Experts from the Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Recreation will present the training and explain the history and purpose of the program. Please Bring plants for identification. Learn more here.


Mindfulness Paddle

When: Monday, July 24th 6 PM – 8 PM
Where: Riverbend HQ, Ipswich



Canoeing and kayaking are a wonderful complement to a meditative practice. Our paddle will be led by Kent Harrop a graduate of the Shalem Institute in Contemplative Leadership and a life-long lover of rivers and paddling. Before entering the water we’ll be introduced to a few simple yet profound meditation mantras designed to quiet our minds. The intent is to be as fully present to our time on the water as possible. To paddle mindfully and savor the beauty of the Ipswich River. On the water we’ll live into the wisdom of John Muir: ‘I only went out for a walk (paddle) and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.’ Spaces are limited so please RSVP!


Bird Box Building Workshop

When: Saturday, August 26th
Where: Riverbend HQ, Ipswich



Ipswich River volunteers will lead children in assembling wooden houses for bard owls, wood ducks and blue birds. Children will get to take their finished creations home. Must RSVP and purchase ticket in advance as spaces are limited. The ticket price covers the cost of materials for the bird houses.

40th Birthday Party Family Picnic

When: Sunday, September 10th 2 PM – 4 PM
Where: Ipswich River Park, North Reading



Ipswich River Watershed Association is turning 40, so we’re having a birthday party picnic to celebrate. This is a free and open event geared towards children and families. There will be food, games, activities, and a raffle. Decorate a canoe or kayak and enter into the boat parade to win a prize! Come have a great time, meet new people and wish us a happy birthday!

Bird Walk

When: Saturday, September 30th



Join us for a celebration of the many birds that live in and migrate through the Ipswich River watershed. The event is free and open to all, regardless of birding experience.


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