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

Eastern screech owl at Bird Hop 2017
© Martha Heath

Over 200 friends and supporters joined us on November 3 for a lively evening of great food, craft brews, trivia contest, raffle giveaways, music, and live bird demonstrations. This year's Bird Hop raised over $10,000 for BNC's programs and scholarship fund! 

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Upcoming Programs

January 17, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Move, learn, and create every Wednesday at the BNC with Early Explorers. Each program introduces young...
January 20, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
Join us for some winter bird explorations as we observe our hardy winter species and enjoy a dash of...
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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 >