Find natural oases in cities and towns; walk quiet trails through fields, forests, gardens, wetlands, and across mountain tops; see wildlife up close; visit a renown art museum; and experience a working farm – all within 30 miles of Boston!
- At the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, check out the indoor exhibits, which feature wildlife you may see while exploring the Blue Hills Reservation’s 7000+ acres and 150 miles of trails.
- At the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan, two miles of trails and boardwalks traverse meadows and wetlands where wildlife abounds, including coyotes, pheasants, and many species of migratory birds.
- In Natick, Broadmoor’s nine miles of walking trails guide you through a variety of field, woodland, and wetland habitats. Summer is a great time to take a three mile loop walk to the Charles River where Cardinal flower is in bloom, Great Blue Herons hunt, and the river flows 40 lazy miles to Boston.
- Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln is a working farm and wildlife sanctuary all in one! On our 232-acre property you’ll find farm animals, native wildlife, trails, and a working crops operation. Don’t miss the fresh produce at the farmstand and gear and gifts at the Audubon Shop.
- On Belmont Hill, 6 miles from Boston, Habitat is a 90-acre urban oasis that has been devoted to environmental education since 1970. Here, 2.5 miles of gentle trails wind through woodland, meadow, and wetland. The visitor center has a beautiful formal garden.
- Located on a 124-acre wildlife sanctuary just south of Boston, the Visual Arts Center is a family-friendly museum. On exhibit: Private Passions: The Art of Collecting, which explores collections of art inspired by nature—and the stories of the people who brought them together.
- Waseeka in Hopkinton features a secluded pond that harbors interesting wildlife at different times of the year.
Get On The Water
- Broadmoor offers canoe programs throughout the summer along the Charles River.
Join a Program
- Borrow a pair of binoculars at Blue Hills, Boston Nature Center, Broadmoor, Drumlin Farm, Habitat, and Visual Arts Center and ask for the Bird checklist.
- Take an upcoming birding program with educators from Broadmoor and Drumlin Farm.
- The bird blind at the Visual Arts Center offers an ideal spot for visitors interested in learning how to observe and photograph many common birds, such as blue jays, nuthatches, and goldfinch.
- Bird at your own pace with one of Boston Nature Center’s birding kits. Each includes two binoculars, two bird guide books, and a list of common birds found at the sanctuary.
Send Your Kids to Camp
- Track critters, learn survival skills, or be a nature detective at Blue Hills Summer Camp!
- Set against 67 acres of a beautiful wildlife sanctuary, the Boston Nature Center day camp provides a unique nature experience right in the middle of the city!
- Whether they're getting a close up look at birds being banded, making crafts, playing games, or finding out what's alive in our pond, campers at Broadmoor’s Summer Camp learn about ecological connections and make friends!
- Learn what it means to be a farmer, go on interactive nature walks, experience the behind the scenes happenings around the wildlife sanctuary, and much more at the Drumlin Farm Summer Day Camp.
- Summer camp programs at Habitat are designed to meet the needs of children who are fascinated by the natural world.
- Wild at Art Summer Camp at the Visual Arts Center combines art, nature and fun. Each week is a different theme from creative writing to puppets to dinosaurs.
Play in Nature