Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Two children explore the Nature Play Area at Boston Nature Center

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. 

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

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Nature Preschool

Nature Preschool

Our Pathways to Nature preschool provides a high-quality, hands-on nature program for children ages 3–6. More Info >

Facility & Event Rentals

Host an Event at BNC

We offer a unique and natural setting for birthday parties, social events, meetings, & public programs! Get the Details >

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Climate Action

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Climate Action

BNC is doing its part to combat the effects of climate change through green technology. Learn More >

Sanctuary News & Events

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Upcoming Programs

October 23, 2019 (Wednesday) 10:00am - 11:30am
Join the BNC as we learn on the move. We will walk the trails and spend time in the garden as we exercise out minds and bodies... Learn More >
October 23, 2019 (Wednesday) 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join the Boston Nature Center staff as we share practical advice for living a plastic free life. Together we will demonstrate... Learn More >
October 26, 2019 (Saturday) 10:30am - 12:00pm
When trees are getting ready for winter, autumn brings an amazing tree party! Yellow, orange, red, and even purple are all aro... Learn More >
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