Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
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On Belmont Hill, just 6 miles
northwest of downtown Boston,
lies Habitat, an 93-acre urban
oasis that has been devoted to
environmental education since
1970. Over 2.5 miles of gentle
trails wind through deciduous
and evergreen forests, across
meadows, around two ponds, and
along a wetland containing a
vernal pool. The visitor center is
a brick Georgian-style mansion
where monthly art exhibits can be
viewed. Outside, there’s a pleasing
and calming formal garden. The
building and gardens can be
reserved on weekends for
weddings and other events.
10 Juniper Road
Belmont, MA 02478
This sanctuary has the following universally accessible facilities: Nature Center, Restrooms, Garden Terrace.
Nature Center/Trail Hours:
Visitor Center: Monday through
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call ahead; the gallery and formal gardens may be closed for weekend functions.
Trails: Open every day,
dawn to dusk.
- For Your Safety
- Do not feed any animals
- Stay on trails to avoid ticks and poison ivy
- Do not smoke anywhere on the sanctuary
- Do not pick or collect plants or crops without permission
- Avoid Conflicts with Wildlife
- Picnic only in designated areas
- Do not bring motorized vehicles or bicycles onto the site
- Hunting, fishing, or trapping are not permitted
Mass Audubon Members enjoy FREE admission.
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Belmont residents are also free.
$4 for nonmember adults;
$3 for nonmember children (2-12)
From the west: Take Rt. 2 (eastbound) to exit 58, Park Avenue. At the first traffic light (Park Ave.) turn right. Proceed a short distance to a small traffic circle. Take the second right onto Prospect Street (The Belmont Hill School will be on your right). Take the next right onto Tyler Rd. Take the next right onto Juniper Rd. The sanctuary entrance is 0.2 miles ahead on the right.
From the east: Take Rt. 2 westbound, to exit 59 (Rt. 60/Belmont Ctr.) At end of ramp turn left onto Rt. 60 west/Pleasant Street. Follow Pleasant Street for 0.6 miles and take a right at the third traffic light onto Clifton Street. Take the first left onto Fletcher Rd. Bear left at the fork and take the next left onto Juniper Rd. The sanctuary entrance is 0.2 miles ahead on the right.
By public transportation: Habitat
is a one-mile walk from Belmont
Center, which is accessible by the
MBTA Commuter Rail or MBTA
Bus #74/75 from Harvard Square,