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.

Registration is open for the 2022-2023 school year. Learn more about enrollment, attend a virtual open house, and submit your application today. 

Open Houses

Two Drumlin preschoolers examining a stream

Hear from our teachers, learn about our philosophy, and see our program in action through photos and videos, at our virtual open houses. Get all your questions answered with a live Q&A at the end of our session. 

  • December 16, 2021 (8-9:30 pm)
  • January 10, 2022 (8-9:30 pm)


Advance registration is required to attend any of our virtual Open Houses. To RSVP, email Preschool Director Jill Canelli at least 2 days before the event and you will receive the meeting link. 

Note: We are currently not offering in-person tours of our school program. 

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.

Drumlin preschoolers playing in farmyard in fall


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.

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.

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 is Open for the 2022-2023 School Year

Pick a Plan That Works for You

Our school year runs from early September 2022-June 2023. Specific start and end dates, as well as holidays and vacation week schedules, will be provided in our Family Handbook in the Summer of 2022. You can also attend an open house to receive a copy of the current school year’s Family Handbook.

  • Option 1
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
    • Tuition: $10,574
  • Option 2
    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00 am–4:00 pm 
    • Plus Fridays, 9:00 am–1:00 pm
    • Tuition: $14,170 

Families may enroll for only one class session per child. Should the option become available to register for both class sessions, making a 5-day enrollment plan, you can indicate your interest on the enrollment application form.

Application Process & Enrollment

All interested families must apply for enrollment using the online enrollment application. Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Community Preschool strives to balance classes based on both age and gender. The entry age for enrolling in our school is 3 years old by 9/1/22. Within this framework, admission is in chronological order as applications are received. Applications will be accepted from all families, without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, disability, or toilet training status.  

Complete Enrollment Application

Application Deadlines

  • Currently enrolled children & siblings: January 14, 2022
  • New families: February 11, 2022

After February 11, enrollment will be ongoing and based on available space. Waitlisted families will be notified when spaces become available.

Financial Assistance is available through our scholarship fund and is based on economic need and available funds.

are due February 4, 2022.

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.