Arcadia Nature Preschool

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Celebrating over 40 years of connecting children to nature!

The Arcadia Nature Preschool was founded in 1976 on the premise that happy and rewarding early childhood experiences with nature form the foundation for the development of creative, caring and aware adults.

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Our Classroom

Set on the more than 730-acre Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton and Northampton, our magnificent outdoor classroom offers limitless opportunities for investigation, observation, and discovery throughout the changing seasons.

Our Curriculum

Outdoor exploration is an important part of our curriculum—we immerse ourselves in nature, exploring plants and animals through hands-on studies. A balance of structured and unstructured time, including playtime, gives children many opportunities to develop social skills.

Our Approach

Teachers guide children using a variety of methods that encourage independence, self control, and problem solving. By recognizing and reinforcing positive behaviors, we nourish each child’s self-confidence.

Our History

Arcadia Nature Preschool, founded in 1976, was the first nature preschool in Massachusetts and one of the first in the country. This groundbreaking program has inspired numerous other preschools around the state and beyond and continues to innovate.

Our Staff

All preschool staff members are certified by the Department of Early Education and Care and have many years of experience teaching young children. They are certified in first aid and CPR, and attend professional development classes as members of Mass Audubon’s Education Team.

Age Requirements

Children must be ages 3 to 5 and at least 3 years old by September to enroll.

Class Size

Class size is limited to 18 children per session.

Academic Year

The academic year runs from mid-September to early June. Vacations and holidays coincide with the Easthampton Public Schools district calendar.

COVID-19 Update

The Department of Early Education and Care has not yet released guidelines for Fall 2021. Until an update is released, we plan to run our program under the assumption that the current guidelines will still be in effect.

The program is currently entirely outdoors, with the exception of bathroom use, occasional 15-minute warm-up periods on cold days, and emergencies. There are two concurrent classes of 10 kids each with two teachers. If COVID-related restrictions are lifted in the fall, the program could include additional indoor time and larger class sizes (up to a max teacher-to-child ration of 1:6).