Two kids running in the snow. We all need nature—and nature needs you. Together, we can protect the wildlife and wild lands of Massachusetts for generations to come. Make a tax-deductible donation today.
Two kids running in the snow. We all need nature—and nature needs you. Together, we can protect the wildlife and wild lands of Massachusetts for generations to come. Make a tax-deductible donation today.
A boardwalk cutting through tall green shrubs and trees.
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan

Year in Review 2022

February 23, 2023

This report outlines BNC’s deep community engagement work as we continue our commitment to fostering a Sanctuary of Belonging where all are welcome.

Some highlights include:

Education: BNC educators returned to in-person teaching in Boston Public Schools, providing environmental science and supporting exploration of the outdoors.

Climate Resilience: With the successful installation of 260 solar panels and other sustainable upgrades, BNC has moved from Boston's first green building to its first net zero, carbon neutral municipal building. The sanctuary now produces enough energy to meet its annual need.

Equitable Access: BNC’s participation in farmers markets expanded with the support of the City of Boston’s Office of Food Justice to host farm stands at two new markets in Nubian and Egleston Squares, providing even more access to fresh, organic produce at discounted rates to surrounding Environmental Justice neighborhoods.

This year Julie Brandlen, the Anne and Peter Brooke Director, retired after 21 years of innovative and compassionate leadership. Julie will have a lasting impact on Boston Nature Center given her years of dedicated commitment to conservation and community engagement.

BNC continues to be a strong, thriving, and innovative community resource across Boston thanks to supporters and community members.

download BNC 2022 Year in Review (6.4 MB)