Drumlin Farm Community Preschool
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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.
Our Open House and School Tour season for this year has come to an end. If you would like to learn more about our program, we welcome you to contact our Director, Jill Canelli or by calling 781-259-2241. Please note we will be sharing future Open House dates and School Tour info sometime in the summer of 2022. Additionally, the enrollment application for the 2023-2024 school year will be available in late fall of 2022.
About Our Program
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 >
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. Our current class size is 10 students with two teachers, giving a teacher-to-child ratio of 1:5. We have two classrooms of students each day at our school.
Our emergent and nature-based curriculum provide 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 is 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.
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.
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.
Meaningful Connections with Animals
We are so fortunate to be able to provide a variety of authentic opportunities for children to share meaningful connections with animals, including:
- During the school year, each class has at least 6 visits with a resident animal ambassador from Mass Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center at Drumlin Farm (a long-term care facility for injured or human-habituated wildlife that cannot survive in the wild).
- Students learn how to care for Drumlin Farm’s farm animals by visiting with our sheep, goats, chickens, pony, cows, and pigs. From caring and feeding to unique opportunities like milking the cow, collecting chicken eggs, carding sheep wool, and grooming the pony.
- Resident animal friends include Alice the Rabbit, a year-round resident in our indoor classroom, and the hens that live in the school play-yard classroom in fall and spring.
- Regular wildlife observation opportunities by the pond, in the forest, and on the trail—there’s so much to see!
Enrollment Options for the 2022-2023 School Year
At this time we are fully enrolled for 2022-2023 school year and we are keeping a waitlist. In order to put your child’s name on the waitlist (for the 2022-2023 school year only)– you must complete the online enrollment application to join the waitlist. However, please do not be discouraged as each year, enrollment changes can occur during the summer months and even after the beginning of the school year, which often creates openings for new students. For this reason, we keep children on our wait list through February 2023. We will notify you immediately if an opening occurs and if we are able to offer your child admission during the 2022-2023 school-year.
Enrollment Interest List for 2023-2024 School Year
Sign up to get email updates regarding the availability of our online enrollment application and other info for the 2023-2024 school year! Please note: the entry age for enrolling in our school for 2023-2024 school year (which runs Sept. 2023 through early June 2024 ) is 3 years old by 9/1/23. Complete the form by clicking on the link below.
Mass Audubon Membership
All enrolled 2022-2023 families are required to have a current Mass Audubon family membership by the start of the school year. As a Mass Audubon member, you receive free access to our network of wildlife sanctuaries throughout the state, discounts on programs and the Mass Audubon Shop, and play a crucial role in supporting our mission to protect the nature of Massachusetts. Learn more about becoming a Mass Audubon member today.