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

A big thank you to Aetna Foundation for generously funding the Boston Nature Center and the Boston Food Forest Coalition as part of their community grants program GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities. The 2015 GoLocal grants program was focused on supporting community gardens, urban farms and farmers markets.

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Upcoming Programs

February 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Listen to a nature-themed story and then join our Teacher Naturalist for a short walk around the trails...
February 6, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Drop in and take part in winter themed experiments, art and otheractivities led by the BNC’s youth...
February 7, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Would you like to spend more time outdoors in the winter, but are not sure how to prepare for potentially...
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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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