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.
Carve a pumpkin, take a nature walk, or explore the changing seasons this autumn at the BNC. Browse programs >
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Over the past 21 years, the Boston Nature Center has grown to be a vibrant community nature center under Julie Brandlen’s leadership. Below are some of the milestones that highlight our shared journey towards building a community of belonging.
Five months ago, Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (BNC) in Mattapan broke ground on an ambitious project to become carbon neutral by 2022. So, it is especially fitting that on Earth Day Friday, April 22, members of the BNC community, supporters, civic leaders, and Mass Audubon staff gathered at the 67-acre wildlife sanctuary for a ribbon-cutting to officially announce it has achieved net-zero energy status.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to create a personal connection to your local farm and farmers. You will not only know where your food is grown and learn how it’s grown, but you’ll be able to taste the difference!