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.

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Help BNC prevent 275,000 lbs of CO2 emissions! Make the switch to clean electricity with Mass Energy and start voting with your dollar for clean power sources. 

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Upcoming Programs

September 25, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Seeds are amazing objects. Some can withstand years of drought, fires, and cold. Some can lay dormant...
September 28, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Move, learn, and create every Wednesday at the BNC with Early Explorers. Each program introduces young...
September 30, 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....
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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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