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: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm; Sat, Sun, & Mon holidays 10 am-4 pm
TRAILS: Open daily, dawn to dusk

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Upcoming Programs

August 17, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Move, learn, and create every Thurssday at the BNC with Early Explorers. Each program introduces young...
August 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
We are on the lookout for a few good detectives to help us solve the weekly mysteries here at the BNC....
August 19, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Join us for a guided meditation walk around the BNC property. The natural world will be our setting for...
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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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