Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Preschoolers exploring in winter 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

Sanctuary Director Julie Brandlen & Sanctuary Committee Chair Bill Perkins

Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event November 20, 2019

Please join friends, supporters, Sanctuary Committee Chair Bill Perkins, and Anne & Peter Brooke Sanctuary Director Julie Brandlen for a special evening of environmental education. RSVP by November 17!

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Upcoming Programs

November 21, 2019 (Thursday) 10:00am - 11:30am
Move, learn, and create every Wednesday and Thursday while learning about the natural world through outdoor exploration, stori... Learn More >
November 23, 2019 (Saturday) 10:30am - 12:00pm
Come on down and explore, create, and learn! Nature Play Dates are a great way to learn about the awesome urban wildlife aroun... Learn More >
November 23, 2019 (Saturday) 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Come on over to the BNC and stretch your legs with a walk on our trails, and stretch your mind with an exploration of our fore... Learn More >
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