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

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!

Kids snowshoeing at BNC

We have the cure for cabin fever—snowshoeing at BNC! Bring your own snowshoes, or rent a pair from us, and explore the great outdoors during a beautiful season.

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Upcoming Programs

February 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
Join us for some winter bird explorations as we observe our hardy winter species and enjoy a dash of...
February 24, 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm
Did you know that you can enjoy honey, beeswax, pollen, and the miracle of bees right in your backyard?...
February 24, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Join us as we tap, collect, and boil down sap from the Maple trees found at the Boston Nature Center....
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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 >