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

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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 >

Sanctuary News & Events

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Upcoming Programs

September 19, 2019 (Thursday) 9:30am - 12:30pm
Join a BNC Teacher Naturalist every Thursday from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm for our homeschool program. Each ten week session will fo... Learn More >
September 19, 2019 (Thursday) 10:00am - 11:30am
Move, learn, and create every Wednesday and Thursday while learning about the natural world through outdoor exploration, stori... Learn More >
September 20, 2019 (Friday) 10:30am - 12:00pm
Experience the natural world through the eye of an artist. Join the BNC for a morning of stories, followed by natural explorat... Learn More >
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