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 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday, & Monday holidays 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Sanctuary News & Events

Anne and Peter Brooke © Richard Howard, courtesy of the Boston Foundation
Anne and Peter Brooke © Richard Howard, courtesy of the Boston Foundation

Boston Nature Center’s dear friend, Anne F. Brooke, died October 13, 2016. Anne is a key reason why the BNC exists today, and she was an extraordinary advocate for providing nature-based education in the heart of the city to children and families.

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Upcoming Programs

December 10, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Why do animals have blubber? How can birds survive migrating thousands of miles? What animals really...
December 11, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm
Do you want to walk like a rabbit or coyote on top of the snow? Rent a pair of snowshoes at BNC and explore...
December 11, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with reptiles? Well, here’s your chance! Come...
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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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