Drumlin Farm Community Preschool

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Jill Canelli, M.Ed., Preschool Director
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Give your child a fun, unique, and adventurous learning experience that will last a lifetime. 

At Drumlin Farm Community Preschool, children learn through hands-on nature-based experiences that address the developmental needs of children ages 3 to 6 as they explore the varied habitats at the sanctuary.

Guided by the philosophy that multi-sensory, inquiry-based exploration of the natural world will foster curiosity and persistence in young learners, we encourage children to develop positive dispositions for future learning.

State-Recognized for Excellence in Education

In May 2018, our Community Preschool was honored at the Massachusetts State House with a Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.

The award was presented by Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton for our work in nature-based education. Read More >

2021-2022 School Year 

Application for Enrollment

Virtual Open Houses

We invite you to join us from the comfort of your own home for a virtual Open House! Hear from our teachers, learn about our philosophy, and see our program in action through photos and videos. We'll wrap up with a live Q&A session. Advance registration is required. To RSVP, email Jill Canelli at least 1 day in advance.

  • December 10, 2020 (7:30-8:30 pm)
  • January 19, 2021 (7:30-8:30 pm)
  • February 22, 2021 (8-9 pm)

In-Person Tours

Due to COVID-19, we are not offering in-person tours of our school at this time. Instead, we encourage you to sign up for an Open House to learn more about our program, or contact Preschool Director Jill Canelli by email or by calling 781-259-2241.

Two Drumlin preschoolers examining a stream

Remainder of 2020-2021 School Year

We are currently full for the 2020-2021 school year and are keeping a waitlist. All families interested in being added to the waitlist must contact Jill Canelli for an application. Please note only our full-day programs are being offered for the current school year.

2021-2022 School Year

All interested families must submit an application for enrollment. We strongly recommend attending an Open House or arranging a guided tour before applying.

We cannot accept enrollment applications by email or fax.

Learn about the application process >

Teachers & Class Size

Each class is taught by highly qualified early childhood educators who are licensed by the MA Department of Early Education and Care. Due to COVID-19 regulations for our program, at this time the maximum class size is limited to 10 students, and the staff-to-child ratio is 1:5. 

Drumlin preschoolers playing in farmyard in fall


Our emergent and nature-based curriculum provides opportunities for indoor and outdoor play—both structured and unstructured—to develop cognitive, physical, social, and emotional growth in each child. 

A sense of self and community are created through cooperative experiences and shared discoveries. Through outdoor adventures, art and cooking activities, books, music, and movement, children learn emergent math, science, and literacy skills as they investigate stimulating natural history topics.

Outdoor Exploration

Investigating the forests, fields, wetlands, and farm encourages emotional connections to the land, promotes physical development, and fosters a sense of discovery.

Outdoor Play in Nature

Children have the opportunity to play, use their imagination and interact with one another while also exploring the changing landscape and various habitats around the sanctuary.

Farm Chores

Feeding the farm animals, milking the cow, collecting eggs, and grooming the pony teaches children about the farm-to-table-connection, cooperation and persistence, and values regarding humane treatment of animals.

Wildlife Visits

Guided by staff, children engage in conversations at their level of understanding about the appearance, behavior, habitat, and adaptations of our resident reptiles, birds, and small mammals.

Planting & Harvesting

Children are involved in the life cycle of growing food on the farm—from planting to harvesting and tasting. Along with these hands-on experiences, they are also learning about farming, soil, water and plants. 

Application Process & Enrollment

Children may be enrolled for one session only.

Download the 2021-22 Application

  • A $50.00 non-refundable fee must accompany each application. 
  • Applications can be mailed to Drumlin Farm or are accepted in person at the Nature Center admissions window. 
  • We cannot accept enrollment applications by email or fax.
  • If mailing your application, please send it (with payment) to: Drumlin Farm Community Preschool, Attn: Preschool Enrollment, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773

Application Deadlines

  • Currently enrolled children & siblings: January 15, 2021
  • New families: February 12, 2021

After February 12, enrollment will be ongoing and based on available space. Waitlisted families will be notified when spaces become available.

Session Options

Full-Day Sessions

  • Tuesday & Thursday,  9:00 am–4:00 pm 
  • Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 am–4:00 pm plus Friday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm 

Admission Policy

All interested families must submit an application for enrollment. Drumlin Farm Community Preschool strives to balance classes based on both age (a mix of children ages 3-6 when possible) and gender. Within this framework, admission is by chronological order as applications are received.

Application forms are accepted by mail or in-person at the Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary admissions window—NOT by email or fax.

Applications will be accepted from all families, without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, cultural history, political beliefs, marital status, or disability. Our school year runs early September through early June. Specific start/end dates as well as holidays and vacation week schedules will be provided in our family handbook in summer 2021.

Drumlin Farm Community Preschool has been licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care since 2007.