About Habitat

Cherry tree at Mass Audubon Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

Gentle trails wind through deciduous and evergreen forests, across meadows, and around ponds and vernal pools at Habitat, located just seven miles from downtown Boston.

A long-standing center for environmental education, Habitat offers year-round programs for all ages. Examples of sustainability—including goats that help control invasive plants and a community garden with plots for rent—make this a great spot to learn about green practices while you explore.

Organized groups require advance reservations. Please contact us to schedule your visit.


10 Juniper Road, Belmont, MA 02478
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For your safety and to avoid conflicts with wildlife, please follow our sanctuary guidelines during your visit.

Nature Center

Tuesday–Sunday, 9 am-5 pm • Closed Monday (except holidays)
Restrooms are located in the Nature Center


Tuesday–Sunday, 9 am-5 pm • Closed Monday (except holidays)


Open daily, dawn to dusk


Members & Belmont residents: Free
Nonmembers: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors (65+), $3 Children (2-12)

As a way to increase access to nature, Mass Audubon also offers several free admission programs at our wildlife sanctuaries.


  • Parking
  • Universally Accessible Nature Center
  • Universally Accessible Restrooms
  • Universally Accessible Trail
  • Picnic Area
  • Electric Vehicle Charging



Trail Mileage

4 miles (universally accessible: 0.5 miles)
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • Turtles basking on logs and frogs plopping in the water at Turtle Pond.
  • The Habitat Intergenerational Program, which brings oldster and youngster volunteers together to work on environmental projects such as taking care of the trails and community and butterfly gardens.
  • The less-traveled Weeks Pond Trail, where you can explore the pond and meadow beyond.
  • The Western Greenway Trail, which runs 7 miles from Habitat to the Robert Treat Paine Estate in Waltham.