Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Possible nesting sites at BNC

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 daily, dawn to dusk

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Upcoming Programs

February 23, 2019 (Saturday) 9:00am - 10:30am
Join us for some winter bird explorations as we observe our hardy winter species and enjoy a dash of color against the snowy l... Learn More >
February 23, 2019 (Saturday) 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Join us as we tap, collect, and boil down sap from the Maple trees found at the Boston Nature Center. Try your hand at tapping... Learn More >
February 24, 2019 (Sunday) 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Would you like to support the Boston Nature Center while enjoying time outside? Do you need volunteer hours for work or school... Learn More >
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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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