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.
2021-2022 School Year
Application for Enrollment
We are full for 2021-2022 school year and are keeping a waitlist. To add your child's name to the 2021-2022 waitlist, you must complete and return an enrollment application (see above).
The enrollment application for the 2022-2023 school year will be posted in late October 2021. Learn about the application process >
Advance registration is required to attend any of our in-person or virtual Open Houses. To RSVP, email Jill Canelli at least 2 days before the event.
We look forward to sharing parts of our indoor and outdoor classrooms with you! Note that we may need to change the format of these in-person events* as public health guidelines continue to evolve.
- November 13, 2021 (10 am-12 pm)
- February 12, 2022 (10 am-12 pm)
*Please check this page the day before each Open House to see if any updates have been posted.
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.
- December 16, 2021 (8-9:30 pm)
- January 10, 2022 (8-9:30 pm)
^The meeting link will be sent to all families who RSVP in advance.
We will know more in the late fall about whether we will be offering in person tours of our indoor classrooms for prospective families. Please stay tuned for updates to this page. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about our program, just contact Preschool Director Jill Canelli by email or by calling 781-259-2241.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
- Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 am–4:00 pm plus Friday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm
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.
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.