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

Sanctuary News & Events

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Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event November 3, 2017

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; valid ID required.

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Upcoming Programs

September 22, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Join us to observe resident birds and fall migrants at a unique urban habitat. We will find and identify...
September 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Listen to a nature-themed story and then join our Teacher Naturalist for a short walk around the trails...
September 27, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Move, learn, and create every Wednesday at the BNC with Early Explorers. Each program introduces young...
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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

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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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