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.
Building and view of Charles River
Magazine Beach Nature Center, Cambridge

Programs & Activities at Magazine Beach Park Nature Center

There's something for everyone at Magazine Beach! Programs are based out of the historic stone Powder Magazine building, once a storage location for public and private stores of gunpowder from 1818 until approximately 1863. We also take advantage of the 17 acres of walking paths, recreation areas, and natural habitats via the Charles River Reservation.

Free Drop-in Programming

April-November

Discover nature in the city with Mass Audubon Field Teachers. Stop by to learn about the plants and wildlife found nearby and check out rotating exhibits by local artists.

Neighborhood Naturalist Activities

Explore the nature of the park with Mass Audubon Field Teachers and observe the diversity of plants and animals in the area. We’ll play games, make art, and go on new adventures every session. 

Activities are geared towards ages 6+ and are offered from 3-4 pm each day our Nature Center is open.

Kayak the Charles River

Magazine Beach Park features a car-top boat launch at the southern end of the park that can be accessed to paddle along the Charles River for a unique perspective of the city. Guided kayaking programs, where Mass Audubon Field Teachers interpret the nature of the city are offered on a regular basis.

Go Birding

Magazine Beach Park's unique greenspace offers an urban oasis along the Charles River for migrating and common birds to stop by and enjoy. Bring your binoculars (or borrow one of ours during operating hours) to observe waterfowl on the river, songbirds in the brush, nesting falcons in buildings, and more.

Schools & Groups

Bring your class or group to Magazine Beach for a customized exploration into the nature of Magazine Beach, Massachusetts, and beyond. Email us for more information.