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

April 23, 2017 7:00am - 9:00am
Join us to observe resident birds and spring migrants at a unique urban habitat that is a favorite stomping...
April 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Listen to a nature-themed story and then join our Teacher Naturalist for a short walk around the trails...
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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

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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