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. Please leave dogs and other pets at home.

Location500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, MA 02126
Phone: 617-983-8500
Hours: Trails open daily, dawn to dusk • Restrooms open Mon-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat & Sun 10am–4pm

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Spring Activities

Nature's Spring Wonders

Learn about spring animals, take a nature walk, or explore changing habitats! Browse programs >

Online Programs - Promo for All Sancs

Online Programs

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© Eduardo del Solar

Explore nature with us online, from spring birds to wildlife tracking. Coming up next >

Healing Landscape

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A Healing Landscape

Discover the stories of the people who have lived and worked on our land for 200+ years. Read it > 

Nature Preschool (text only)

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Nature Preschool

At BNC, our Pathways to Nature preschool provides a high-quality nature program for children ages 3–6. Learn more >

Sanctuary News & Events

BNC's Net Zero Event Ribbon Cutting

Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Five months ago, Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (BNC) in Mattapan broke ground on an ambitious project to become carbon neutral by 2022. So, it is especially fitting that on Earth Day Friday, April 22, members of the BNC community, supporters, civic leaders, and Mass Audubon staff gathered at the 67-acre wildlife sanctuary for a ribbon-cutting to officially announce it has achieved net-zero energy status.

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Upcoming Programs

June 11, 2022 (Saturday) 10:00-11:30am
Join us at the Boston Nature Center to celebrate Pride Month and learn about rainbows! Read more
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