Hours:Trails open daily, dawn to dusk.
Cost:Free. Donations welcome
about Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center:
The Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center is an inner-city sanctuary situated on a portion of the former Boston State Hospital property in Mattapan. More than two miles of scenic trails and boardwalks take visitors through wetlands, woods, and open fields where state hospital buildings once stood. Wildlife abounds at the sanctuary. Hawks, wild turkey, and pheasants are just a few of the many natural wonders you'll see here.
On site, the Clark-Cooper Community Gardens, one of Boston's largest community gardens, provide food and a green oasis for hundreds of Boston residents.
The Boston Nature Center offers programs for adults, youth, and families throughout the year to foster an appreciation for the urban environment and to support life-long learning. Space is limited, so pre-registration and pre-payment for all programs is encouraged. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
The George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center at the Boston Nature Center (BNC) is the City of Boston's greenest municipal building. It provides BNC with offices and classrooms, a resource room for teachers, students, and community members, and a combined public meeting/exhibit hall. It features state-of-the-art green technologies including geothermal climate control, solar hot water panels, and photovoltaic roof singles. It is open to the public daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day holidays.
It's easier for everyone if infants brought to family programs come in backpacks rather than strollers.
From the West and North, take Route 1 South, the Jamaicaway. Take Route 203 past Arnold Arboretum, over an overpass, straight through a rotary (Route 203 becomes Morton Street). Continue to follow Morton Street/Route 203 past Shattuck Hospital on your left and past Forest Hills cemetery on your right. Continue under an underpass, and turn right at the next light into the state hospital land, where you will see Massachusetts Audubon Society signs. From the South, follow Blue Hills Avenue North (Route 138, then Route 28) through Mattapan Square. Turn left onto Walk Hill Street, after about 1/2 mile. There is a mint green awning on the left side of Blue Hill Avenue at the corner of Walk Hill Street. Proceed on Walk Hill Street through the light at Harvard Avenue and past Mt. Cavalry and Mt. Hope Cemeteries on the left. Turn right at the white Massachusetts Audubon sign.