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

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

Facility & Event Rentals

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Climate Action

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Climate Action

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

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Upcoming Programs

September 21, 2019 (Saturday) 8:00am - 9:30am
Join us to observe resident birds and fall migrants at a unique urban habitat. We will find and identify birds through field m... Learn More >
September 22, 2019 (Sunday) 1:00pm - 2:30pm
How do animals from Massachusetts survive the winter? Some hibernate, some have warm coats, and some migrate. Migrate over to... Learn More >
September 24, 2019 (Tuesday) 9:00am - 10:30am
Nature is full of colors, sounds, and interesting things for toddlers to explore. In this program we will incorporate stories,... Learn More >
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