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

March 24, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Come on down and explore, create, and learn! Nature Play Dates are a great way to learn about the awesome...
March 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Listen to a nature-themed story and then join our Teacher Naturalist for a short walk outside. We will...
March 25, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Come join the BNC as we prep our gardens for planting and learn by doing. We will work in the plots...
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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 >