Habitat Nature Preschool

Preschoolers at Habitat sitting on a log by the vernal pool

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Kayla Piccarreto, Preschool Director
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Habitat preschoolers walking hand-in-hand along a snowy path

Opening Winter 2023!

What could be more magical than a preschool where each child's innate connection to nature is celebrated? Through hands-on activities, exploration, movement, and play, Mass Audubon's nature preschools support children's curiosity and wonder by using our wildlife sanctuaries as outdoor classrooms. Give your child a fun, unique, and adventurous learning experience that will last a lifetime. 

Beginning winter 2023, Habitat Nature Preschool will be accepting 10 children ages 3–5 per day.

Statement of Purpose

Mass Audubon's Nature Preschools provide a high-quality environment for young children that helps them grow as learners, curious thinkers, community members, and lifelong stewards of the natural world.

Open Houses

Come meet the staff, see the preschool's indoor classroom, and explore the outdoor spaces students will enjoy at the wildlife sanctuary during an upcoming Open House:

  • Dates coming soon!

Please email [email protected] to register.

About the Preschool

Program Options

We offer 5-day (Monday–Friday), 3-day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), and 2-day (Tuesday/Thursday) options for students. If finances are getting in the way of your child attending Habitat Nature Preschool, assistance is available; please contact the preschool director to request a financial aid application.

5-Day Program

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Tuition: $1,820 per month

3-Day Program

Monday, Wednesday: 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Tuition: $1,036 per month

2-Day Program

Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00 am–4:00 pm 
Tuition: $784 per month

Our Curriculum

Preschoolers at Habitat looking into a maple sap collection bucket for maple sugaring

At Habitat Nature Preschool, we create a wide variety of nature-based curriculum that reflects the needs of all our students. We have the flexibility to let children and nature guide our daily activities, all while following guidelines set by EEC.

We provide opportunities for indoor and outdoor play—both structured and unstructured—in order to develop cognitive, physical, social, and emotional growth. Children learn foundational skills in math, science, and literacy as they explore natural history through art, books, music, hands-on experiments, and play. The combination of outdoor adventures and shared learning experiences creates a strong sense of self, sense of place, and sense of community for each child.

Our Director

Portrait photo of Kayla Piccarreto, Habitat Nature Preschool Director

Kayla Piccarretto (she/her) is Habitat Nature Preschool's director. Kayla began her journey into early education in 2007 as an assistant teacher; since then, she has taught as Lead Teacher for both toddler- and preschool-aged groups. She has worked closely with many different teaching teams as a staff mentor/advocate, board member, assistant director, and director. She joined the staff of Mass Audubon in October 2022 with a dedication to creating a new nature-based program that is committed to supporting young children and their families. "My goal is to provide a culturally accepting, play-based learning space focused on supporting the whole child while honoring their life experiences," she says. "Habitat’s trails, wildlife, and resources offer many opportunities for exploration and discovery that will guide our lessons and experiences as we learn and grow together."

Mass Audubon Membership

All enrolled families are required to have a current Mass Audubon membership at the family level or higher 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, camps, 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.