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

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Upcoming Programs

September 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Join us to learn about the unique journey of the monarch butterfly, from New England all the way to Mexico....
September 22, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
In this workshop, lead by local photographer Eduardo del Solar, we will engage in image editing processes...
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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 >