BNC Pathways to Nature Preschool

BNC preschoolers in snowy tree

Upcoming Open Houses

All open houses run from 9:00 am-10:30 am. To register for any of these Open House events, please email us.  

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Saturday, May 9, 2020

More Information 

Pathways to Nature provides a high-quality nature preschool for children ages 3 to 6. Each day children discover the natural world through activities fostering academic and emotional/social growth.

Preschool teacher naturalists provide a flexible program that offers a variety of activities that will enhance children’s appreciation of nature, environmental education, and science learning. The program emphasizes child-centered exploration and inquiry-based learning with a child’s interests and learning styles influencing specific activities.

Pathways to Nature recognizes the various needs of children of different ages, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds, learning styles, and stages of development to create a safe, engaging atmosphere for young learners.

Goals of the Program

Pathways to Nature offers an educational and nurturing program that is hands-on and inquiry-based. The goals of Pathways to Nature are to:

  1. Provide children with a safe environment to grow, learn, and respect people and nature.
  2. Connect children to nature to develop a lifelong passion for the environment and its stewardship.
  3. Help children recognize the natural world as part of the urban environment.

Children explore, discover, observe, and experience the natural world using all of their senses while developing an appreciation for nature. Structured and self-directed play nurtures children’s imagination, creativity, and self-esteem.

This program is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. The BNC is in compliance with the design standards for building accessibility in 521 CMR (Architectural Access Board).

Preschool Schedules

BNC preschoolers playing in fall leaves

Pathways to Nature preschool programs offer a number of options for families. Please read the options carefully to be sure you are selecting the correct days and age range for you family’s needs.

→ Please Note: Families provide lunch and snacks for all preschool options.

Busy Bees & Curious Crickets

Full-Day • 8:00 am–3:30 pm

The Busy Bees class is for children turning age 3 by September 1. The Curious Crickets class is for children turning age 4 in September.

  • The full-day school year runs from September 10, 2018 – August 23, 2019.
  • Tuition for these programs is based on a sliding scale.
  • Extended afternoon hours are available from 3:30 pm-6:00 pm for an additional charge.

8:00 am-3:30 pm


Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
8:00 am-3:30 pm


Tuesday & Thursday
8:00 am-3:30 pm

Daring Dragonflies (starts September 2019)

Full-Day • 8:00 am–3:30 pm

Beginning in September 2019, we will offer a new full-day program for 5-year-olds and older 4-year-olds. This 10-month program will run September 9, 2019–June, 20, 2020, as a 5-day program only. It will utilize our income-based sliding scale to calculate tuition. Extended day hours from 3:30-6:00 pm will be available for an additional fee on a first-come, first-served basis.