Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Located just outside of downtown Boston on the former grounds of the Boston State Hospital, the Boston Nature Center (BNC) is a community-based urban sanctuary. Trails and boardwalks traverse meadows and wetlands, home to over 150 species of birds, 40 species of butterflies, and more than 350 species of plants. Year-round programs help foster an appreciation for nature and the environment. Read More

Sanctuary News & Events

Volunteer Daniel Schenk building compost bin at Boston Nature Center
Volunteer Daniel Schenk (center sitting) helping to building compost bin at Boston Nature Center

Daniel Schenk, a deeply committed volunteer for the Boston Food Forest Coalition (BFFC) at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (BNC), is one of three finalists for the Cox Conserves Heroes Program.

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Birthday Parties

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Looking for a place to have an exciting and memorable birthday? We offer birthday parties with fun outdoor activities led by a naturalist. Learn More

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Membership benefits include free admission to all of our wildlife sanctuaries across the state, plus discounts on programs and shop purchases.

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