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 >

Location: 500 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

Sanctuary News & Events

Winter Solstice light at the BNC

Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event December 21, 2018

Come to the BNC to celebrate the winter solstice and the last full moon of 2018! We'll take a moonlit stroll to find tracks and listen for owls, then warm up inside with apple cider while creating some solstice art.

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Upcoming Programs

December 19, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Move, learn, and create every Wednesday at the BNC with Early Explorers. Each program introduces young...
December 21, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Come to the BNC to help celebrate the first day of winter - the winter solstice, the longest night of...
December 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Listen to a nature-themed story and then join our Teacher Naturalist for a short walk around the trails...
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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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