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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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!

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Upcoming Programs

August 16, 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....
August 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Listen to a nature-themed story and then join our Teacher Naturalist for a short walk around the trails...
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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

Nature Preschool

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