Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

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. 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

Eastern Screech Owl at Bird Hop 2017 © Martha Heath

Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event November 2, 2018

Support urban environmental education by joining us for a night of beer tasting, live music, bird demonstrations, pub food, and more. Tickets on sale now! This is a 21+ event; valid ID required.

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Upcoming Programs

October 17, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Move, learn, and create every Wednesday at the BNC with Early Explorers. Each program introduces young...
October 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Listen to a nature-themed story and then join our Teacher Naturalist for a short walk around the trails...
October 21, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Enjoy the sweet reward of spinning honey comb as we reach the end of beekeeping season. Together Bill...
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Birthday Parties

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BNC is the perfect place to celebrate an exciting and memorable birthday! 

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Nature Preschool

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

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