Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Two children explore the Nature Play Area 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

Preschoolers exploring at the Boston Nature Center

Our Pathways to Nature preschool provides a high-quality, hands-on nature program for children ages 3–6. Enroll Today >

Facility & Event Rentals

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BNC Spring Swing outdoor event

We offer a unique and natural setting for birthday parties, social events, meetings, & public programs! Get the Details >

Climate Action

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Climate Action

BNC is doing its part to combat the effects of climate change through green technology.

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Support Our Work

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Support Our Work

We rely on the generosity of our supporters to continue our conservation and education work.

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Upcoming Programs

June 22, 2019 (Saturday) 9:00am - 1:00pm
Join Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition at the BNC for a wonderful day of fitness, food, and fun! Activities will include n... Learn More >
June 23, 2019 (Sunday) 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Come on over the BNC and stretch your legs with a walk on our trails, and your mind with lots to discover in our forests, mead... Learn More >
June 25, 2019 (Tuesday) 9:00am - 10:30am
Nature is full of colors, sounds, and interesting things for toddlers to explore. In this one hour program will incorporate st... Learn More >
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