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. 

Learn More About Our School

Two Drumlin preschoolers examining a stream

To learn more about our program and about enrolling for the 2023-2024 school year, please see the opportunities below. Additionally, the online enrollment application for the 2023-2024 school year will be available on this website in late fall of 2022.

In-Person Open House Dates

We hope to be able to share parts of our indoor and outdoor classrooms with you – but given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 health situation we may need to change the format of this event. As our Open House events get closer, we ask that you check this area of our website for updates as we will decide within 24 hours of these event dates.

  • Saturday, December 3 - 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 14 - 10:00 am-12:00 pm

We will be meeting at our Nature Center Classroom which his located at the 208 South Great Rd. location (park in this lot) and walk to the Admission Window for more info.

Virtual Open House & Info Night

We invite you to join us from the comfort of your own home for an evening focused on learning more about our school program. Our evening together will include a presentation and also opportunities to hear from our faculty, see our program in action through photos and videos and also understand more about our philosophy and overall daily schedule. We will conclude our time with a question and answer session. Meeting link will be sent to all families who RSVP for these virtual events.

  • Monday, January 30 - 7:30-8:30 pm

All families must RSVP to both the In-Person and Virtual Open House events at least 2 days prior to the event date. Sign up links coming soon!


We will know more in the late fall about whether we will be offering in-person tours for prospective families. We ask you to stay tuned as we will update this area of our website as this time gets closer. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about our program, please email Preschool Director, Jill Canelli or call 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. 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 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.

Class Options

  • 3-day option: Mondays/Wednesdays (9am-4pm) AND Fridays (9am-1pm), Tuition: $14,170 for the school year
  • 2-day option: Tuesdays/Thursdays (9am-4pm), Tuition: $10,574 for the school year  

       *Families are permitted to sign up for only one class session/child. 

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.

2023-2024 Enrollment Interest List

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.