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.

How to Enroll 

Application for Enrollment

Spaces still available for the 2019-2020 school year! Call for more information.

Application for 2020-2021 coming in late October.

Open Houses
for 2020-2021 School Year

Saturdays from 10 am-Noon

November 2, 2019
December 7, 2019
January 4, 2020
February 1, 2020

Children are welcome; no RSVP necessary! 

In times of inclement weather, please call 781-259-2224 for updates regarding cancellations or delays.

Contact Us

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

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 >


All interested families must submit an application for enrollment. We strongly recommend attending an Open House or arranging a guided tour before applying.

Learn about the application process >

2019-2020 School Year

Spaces are still available for the 2019-2020 school year! Call 781-259-2241 for more information about applying.

2020-2021 School Year

Visit us at an Open House to explore our classrooms, see the farm, and meet our staff! The enrollment application for 2020-2021 will be available in late October.

Two Drumlin preschoolers examining a stream

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. 

The maximum class size is between 15–18 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. 

Drumlin preschoolers playing in farmyard in fall

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 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.

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. 

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 2019-20 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 11, 2019
  • New families: February 1, 2019

After February 1, 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.