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

April 24, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Looking for a new outdoor activity? Drop-in anytime to this fun and hands-on nature club. We will explore...
April 25, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Move, learn, and create every Wednesday at the BNC with Early Explorers. Each program introduces young...
April 28, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Join us at the BNC as we attempt to identify as many plant and animal species on the property as we can....
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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 >