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

Group of BNC campers smiling at the camera

We want to make sure that every child in our community who wants to experience BNC Summer Camp is able to do so—but we can't do it without your support!

Campers playing on hill behind BNC

Looking for a way to get your kids outdoors this summer? Check out Boston Nature Center Summer Camp in Mattapan and West Roxbury!

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Upcoming Programs

July 19, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Move, learn, and create every Thursday at the BNC with Early Explorers. This program will also be offererd...
July 19, 2018 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....
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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

Nature Preschool


At BNC, our Pathways to Nature program provides a high-quality nature preschool for children ages 3.0 to 6. Learn More >