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

Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event November 4, 2016
BNC Bird Hop

Support urban environmental education by joining us for a night of beer tasting, live music, bird demonstrations, pub food, and more. This is a 21+ event and valid ID will be required.

Anne and Peter Brooke © Richard Howard, courtesy of the Boston Foundation
Anne and Peter Brooke © Richard Howard, courtesy of the Boston Foundation

Boston Nature Center’s dear friend, Anne F. Brooke, died October 13, 2016. Anne is a key reason why the BNC exists today, and she was an extraordinary advocate for providing nature-based education in the heart of the city to children and families.

TD Volunteers Planting Trees

As part of TD Tree Days, a cooperative effort to plant new trees in the community, TD Bank employees volunteered to plant 62 trees along BNC’s Snail Trail, in the Boston Food Forest, and at the Mattapan Ecovation Center.

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Upcoming Programs

October 28, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
We are on the lookout for a few good detectives to help us solve the weekly mysteries here at the BNC....
October 29, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm
Join us to observe resident birds and fall migrants at a unique urban habitat. Local bird enthusiasts...
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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

Join Mass Audubon

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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