About Boston Nature Center
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.
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- Programs offered at affordable rates through sliding scales and free admission.
- George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center, the first “green” municipal building in Boston, exhibits environmentally sustainable building design.
- The Nature Nook, a natural play space, engages children of all ages in discovering the natural world through free play.
- Clark-Cooper Community Gardens, one of Boston’s oldest and largest, provides food and a green oasis for 260 local families.
- Ongoing environmental education programs in Boston Public Schools.
500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, MA 02126
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Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm; Saturday, Sunday, & Monday holidays 10 am-4 pm
Free, donations appreciated
Learn more about Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center and its urban environmental education programs