Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
A boardwalk cutting through tall green shrubs and trees.
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan

Family Fun at Boston Nature Center

Ready for some outdoor adventure? We’ve got all kinds of fun programs and activities for you and your friends and family!

Nature Play Area

The 14,000-square-foot Nature Nook at BNC has something for everyone: gardening, building, climbing, and a shaded gathering area with benches for relaxing. Highlights include:

  • an akambira (a giant xylophone)
  • a jungle-like tall grass and stag horn sumac maze (complete with secret passageways)
  • a stone stream-bed where children can experiment with running water, sand, and sticks
  • universally accessible raised tables for digging in sand and dirt

Go on a Quest

This quest is designed to help you discover the special stories of Boston Nature Center. The length is just under a mile and takes approximately 45 minutes. You'll follow the rhyming clues to navigate and learn about this sanctuary's wildlife, habitats, and land use history.

Welcome to the BNC Winter Quest. 
We’re pleased to have you as our guest.
In case you are wondering what this is about,
A quest is a search, you’re sure to find out.
It’s an outdoor treasure hunt, so bundle up and let’s go!
But first, there are some things that you should know.
Be kind to our wildlife, birds, plants, and trees,
Leave plants where you find them, and walk, if you please.
If you like what you see, we hope you’ll return,
For each season offers more fun things to learn!

download BNC Quest (617.9 kB)

Vacation Week Programs

Boston Nature Center’s school vacation week programs offer invaluable opportunities for children to follow their curiosity about the natural world in a safe and inclusive environment. In a camp-like atmosphere, children play, make new friends, and have fun all while learning about science and nature. Find out more about our vacation week programs

Birthday Parties

Looking for a unique birthday experience for your child? Boston Nature Center birthday parties are a great way for children to experience a personalized nature program in a beautiful wildlife sanctuary. See how you can celebrate