Drumlin Farm Community Preschool

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 5 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.

2018-2019 School Year 

Application for Enrollment

2019-2020 Application coming in late October

Open Houses

Saturdays from 10 am-Noon

November 3, 2018
December 1, 2018
January 5, 2019
February 9, 2019

Children are welcome; no RSVP necessary!

Contact Us

Jill Canelli, M.Ed., Preschool Director
Email Us • Location & Directions


All interested families must submit an application for enrollment.

Learn about the application process >

We strongly recommend attending an Open House or arranging a guided tour before applying.


Our emergent 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 playing at Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Community Preschool

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.

preschooler at Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Community Preschool watering plants

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. 

Teachers and Class Size

Each class is taught by highly qualified early childhood educators who are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care. The maximum class size is between 15 and 18 students. Staff to child ratio is 1:5.

Application Process & Enrollment

Children may be enrolled for up to two sessions. Early arrival, lunch bunch, and late pick-up options are available (see the application for more information).

Download the 2018-19 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. 
  • 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 12, 2018
  • New families: February 9, 2018

After February 9, enrollment will be ongoing and based on available space. Waitlisted families will be notified when spaces become available.

Session Options

Full Day Sessions:

  • Tuesday and Thursday,  9:00 am–4:00 pm 
  • Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 am–4:00 pm, & Friday, 9:00 am–noon 

2-Day Sessions:

  • Tuesday & Thursday mornings, 9:00 am–noon  
  • Wednesday & Friday mornings, 9:00 am-noon 
  • Monday & Wednesday afternoons, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday afternoons, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

3-Day Session:

  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday mornings, 9:00 am–noon  

5-Day Session:

  • Monday through Friday, 9:00 am–noon  

Admission Policy

Drumlin Farm Community Preschool strives to balance classes based on both age and gender. Within this framework, children are placed in classes on a first-come first-served basis. Applications will be accepted from all families, without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, cultural history, political beliefs, marital status, or disability.

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