Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Located just outside of downtown Boston on the former grounds of the Boston State Hospital, the Boston Nature Center 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. Please leave dogs and other pets at home.

Location500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, MA 02126
Phone: 617-983-8500
Hours: Trails open daily, dawn to dusk • Nature Center open Monday-Friday 9am–5pm, Saturday, Sunday, & most holidays 10am–4pm

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Spring Activities

Nature's Spring Wonders

Learn about spring animals, take a nature walk, or explore changing habitats! Browse programs >

Online Programs - Promo for All Sancs

Online Programs

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© Eduardo del Solar

Explore nature with us online, from summer night sounds to annual migrations. Coming up next >

Healing Landscape

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A Healing Landscape

Discover the stories of the people who have lived and worked on our land for 200+ years. Read it > 

Nature Preschool (text only)

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Nature Preschool

At BNC, our Pathways to Nature preschool provides a high-quality nature program for children ages 3–6. Learn more >

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