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 >

Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm; Saturday, Sunday, & Monday holidays 10 am-4 pm

Sanctuary News & Events

Campers at Boston Nature Center Day Camp

Are you looking forward to Summer 2017? We sure are—especially now that summer camp registration is open!

BNC receives Mass Energy award

On December 7, the BNC received an award from Mass Energy for ongoing efforts to make renewable energy accessible and visible to Boston Residents.

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Upcoming Programs

May 26, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
We are on the lookout for a few good detectives to help us solve the weekly mysteries here at the BNC....
May 27, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Listen to a nature-themed story and then join our Teacher Naturalist for a short walk around the trails...
May 27, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
The forest can provide wonderful spring treats, but we need to know what to look for, and how to harvest...
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Birthday Parties


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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