Boston Nature Center

Nature Story Hour | Aug. 24

Join the BOSTON NATURE CENTER and their hedgehog, Sugar, as we read The Hedgehog Leaves Home. We will get to see and pet a hedgehog, while learning about how they live. This program is ideal for 3-8 year olds, but older and younger siblings are also welcome to attend.

When: August 24 at 10:30am

Where: Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St.


For more information, please call the Lower Mills Branch BPL at 617-298-7841.

Music and Nature—A Beautiful Match | Oct. 16

BNC campers had a wonderful visit with musicians from musiConnects. Musicians played nature-themed works and then engaged in a lively question and answer session with campers.

A special community concert with musiConnects will be held here at the Boston Nature Center. Sponsored by the Boston Cultural Council.

Cost is $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers.


When: Oct. 16 from 2pm-4pm

Where: Boston Nature Center,  500 Walk Hill St.


For more information please contact the Boston Nature Center: 617-983-8500


Rockin' with Raptors | Sep. 24

Rockin' with Raptors is a free community celebration with fun for all ages! Visitors will hike the trails, listen to music, visit with live raptors from Mass Audubon's Blue Hills Trailside Museum, engage in activities from area educational and cultural organizations, and enjoy a cookout with cake and ice cream.

When: September 24 at 1pm

Where: Boston Nature Center,  500 Walk Hill St.


For more information please call: 617-983-8500

Go Fly a Kite | Jul. 30

Learn all about flight at the BNC! They will have feather races, explore wingbeat patterns, and make our very own kites! Feel free to bring your own kite for some quality flying time as well.

Representatives from Disney will be there to promote the opening of their new film, Pete’s Dragon. They will have dragon kites to fly and free movie passes to distribute. BNC’s very own bearded dragon, Patty Mayonnaise, will be making a special appearance as well.

When: Jul. 30 from 1pm-2:30pm

Where: Boston Nature Center,  500 Walk Hill St.

Click here to register!

Boston Nature Center "Spring Swing" | May 31

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Spring Swing is BNC's festive spring fundraiser - honoring Judith and Lee Spelke!

You can make a difference for children and families by supporting Spring Swing and BNC’s urban environmental education programs.

You won't want to miss the fantastic artwork in our silent auciton - this year's theme is "Birds of Feather Flock Support the BNC".

Tickets are $35 each.


When: Sunday, May 31st


Where: Boston Nature Center

500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan

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Nature Photography of Spring Flowers and Colors | April 18

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Get ready to take your outdoor photography skills to the next level. Join local photographer Eduardo del Solar to expand your ability in this creative workshop centered on nature photography. All ages.

Topics include:

  • Equipment recommendations
  • Lenses and associated accessories
  • Exposure, lighting, composition techniques, image critiques, and the ethics of nature photography.

We will go outside to take photographs and then come back indoors to discuss ways in which to enhance our images.

Participants must have either a digital point-and-shoot or digital SLR camera. A tripod and macro lens are strongly recommended. Cell phone cameras will not suffice.


When: Saturday, April 18th


Where: Boston Nature Center

500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan

To register:


Boston Nature Center Annual Meeting | March 4

photo of nature, winter

A message from the Boston Nature Center:

"Please join BNC friends, supporters and Anne and Peter Brooke Director Julie Brandlen
for a special evening of environmental education.

Featured Speakers:

Vivien Morris 

Chairperson of Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition

Maria Higgins

Committee Chair of BNC Sanctuary

When: RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, March 4th


Where: Boston Nature Center

500 Walk Hill Street
Mattapan, MA 02126

MUST RSVP: 617-983-8500 or email


Solstice Celebration | December 21

Saturday December 21, 2013 at 6-8pm BNC will host Solstice lanterns at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.
Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. At Arcadia we also have a tradition: we gather at sundown from 6-8pm for music and community unity. Ward off the cold with the warmth of the bonfire, sip hot cider, and listen to music.
This is a free event, however, please bring a nonperishable food item for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Registration is not required for this program.
For more information contact The Boston Nature Center 

Early Explorers | November 7

Every Thursday at 10:30am the Boston Nature Center will give children an opportunity to explore the nature around them. The children will have hands on experiences with outdoor and indoor activities. This Event is suitable for children ages 3-6 years of age. Register online or call 617-983-8500 to register by phone.
Cost: Members: Adult free, Child $5.00
Nonmembers: Adult free, Child $7.00
For more information contact: Boston Nature Center
                                                     500 Walk Hill Street
                                                     Mattapan, MA 02126
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Nature's Quiet Giants | October 12

Saturday at 11:30am – 12:00pm, surround yourself with the quiet giants in the forest (Trees). You will learn about the structure of the trees and you will have the opportunity to create your own style of tree, and cover it with bright colored leaves. Event is suitable for children 1year – 10 years old, and families. Registration is preferred which can be done online or call 617-983-8500 to register by phone. Walk-ins are welcome.
Cost: Member: Adult free, Child $5
         Nonmembers: Adult free, Child: $7
For more information contact: Boston Nature Center
                                                     500 Walk Hill Street
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